Oddly, the footage Maddow had acquired inexplicably turned to black in a critical moment.
The back story: McCain recently expressed outrage that in all his time in the Senate he had never seen senators denied a minute or two on the Senate Floor. “I don’t know what’s happening here in this body, but I think it’s wrong,” McCain said.
Maddow found a transcript from 2002 showing McCain had personally denied time to Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.). But the tape? It turned black in the precise moment.
Since Friday’s show, C-SPAN re-digitized and re-posted that 2002 Senate clip, thereby showing McCain denying Dayton the time.
In time, VHS tapes have a glitch that can happen at top of the hour footage.
Maddow was beside herself with joy on Monday night’s show. She called C-SPAN “American Heroes,” and declared an all out love of C-SPAN. “God bless them!” Maddow said of C-SPAN. “I love C-SPAN. Really, I love you guys. You are perfect in every way, never change.”
Watch Maddow’s show here.