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Americans are in favor of an open legislative process. For example, a survey conducted by the Palm Beach Post found that 91 percent of the respondents backed televising the negotiations.

The Houston Chronicle was among other news organizations requesting the same thing.

“Count our voice among the growing chorus in favor of opening the final debate and negotiations over health care reform to C-SPAN’s cameras. This is not simply making good on a campaign promise by President Barack Obama; it is the right thing to do,” the newspaper said in a Jan. 15 editorial.

ASNE appears willing to be satisfied even with minimum exposure.

“While we prefer the maximum openness of televised debate that allows direct and unfettered access for everyone, we hope that, at a minimum, the rest of Congress’ work is done in on-the-record, open committee meetings that allow for press coverage and public attendance,” the group said.