Brian Lamb, American television's Anti-Springer, is an unlikely player in the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Lamb, 57, is the founder and chief executive of that cable network, which has done more than anyone to provide a window on how Congress operates. It has provided coverage of the House of Representatives since 1979 and the Senate since 1986, while offering hours of chat on politics and books, many hosted by a Buddha-like figure whose name and network are linked to fairmindedness among policy wonks and others, such as Clinton-hating insomniacs who inundate C-SPAN with calls.
On Dec. 19, Lamb wrote to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R- Miss.) and urged that the Senate "keep this process open to the public. Specifically, we formally request that the Senate permit televised coverage of its deliberations after the evidence has been presented by the parties."