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A glimpse into the (very near) future from the NYT

Watching today’s impeachment hearing on The New York Times’ website reminds of a weird and somewhat disconcerting thing I noticed during both the Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen testimony earlier this year.

On their live updates page, the Times shows the streaming video of the hearing/testimony on the left, which there is an auto-updating feed of their correspondents’ commentary on the right. However, stream of the hearing seems to run a few minutes behind whatever video the commenters are watching. As a result, they are talking about stuff that, from the perspective of someone watching the livestream, has not happened yet.

Of course, this future-vision is probably the least disconcerting aspect of these hearings, but still…