Rep. Ed Markey starts a hearing on the future of digital video taping his own video from the chairman's perspective and putting it up on YouTube just to demonstrate that it's so easy even a politician can do it.
And here Markey interviews YouTube founder Chad Hurley (in a suit). He asks how it feels to have started a service people are using to try to become President of the United States. Hurley says they never expected that. Markey says Hurley should get credit for creating lots of jobs in campaigns across the country as they try to figure out how to use YouTube. Asked what advice he has for congressmen trying to use YouTube, Hurley replies, "be honest" -- with no visible irony.
As a tryout for a job as a talk-show host, it's not bad. Broadcasting & Cable's coverage here. PCMag has fuller coverage; it's not so lovey as Markey's video would make us believe. Too bad the entire hearing isn't online for us all to watch and remix.
* And speaking of congressmen speaking on YouTube, enjoy this clip of Robert Greenwald, producer of Iraq for Sale, an independent documentary about war profiteering, sparring with Jack Kingston in a congressional hearing. Greenwald put it up online. He also says that Republicans barred him from showing excerpts from the film at the hearing, so he just put it up online here.