The State of the Union in Web time
- By William Matthews
- Jan 25, 2000
Consider this example of "Internet time": President Clinton's State of
the Union Address will be on television Thursday night, but reactions
from his political friends and foes will be online even before the
speech is given.
FreedomChannel.com, a World Wide Web site devoted to politics, says it
will have congressional commentary on the president's speech online
during the day Thursday.
Members of the House and Senate will be given 90 seconds to react to the
president's address details of which already are leaking from the
White House. Or lawmakers may opt to present their own mini state of the
Members of Congress will be able to tape their comments from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday outside the Capitol.
FreedomChannel, which hit cyberspace Nov. 8, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
Web site dedicated to providing "video-on-demand" politics to Internet
The service provides video clips of candidates and issue groups. It is
free to politicians and viewers, and is funded by grants from
After the State of the Union address, FreedomChannel will turn its
attention to upcoming congressional and gubernatorial elections,
spokesman Mike McGill said. The site will post videotaped messages
provided by candidates and campaign organizations.