Upon buying Adelphia Cable in Santa Monica early this year, they dropped C-SPAN 2 from basic tier and replaced it with...a blank screen!
All three C-SPAN channels are a vital public service. It's what the lucrative cable monopolies pay for the privilege of operating outside the free market. Sure, C-SPAN 2 is still carried on Santa Monica's City-TV, but not 24/7.
Most other "news" sources are partisan and dummied-down. From neocon Reich-Wing Radio to their knee-jerk opposites on Air America, from biased blogs to YouTube clowns, people go to whichever carnival barker tells them what they want to hear.
Amid this idiocracy, C-SPAN shines as a stark example of unbiased, intelligent, and in-depth political coverage. C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, and C-SPAN 3 should all be available on the basic tier of every cable system. The media monopolies owe it to us.