Politicians Utilize YouTube


Tuesday, February 3rd 2009, 7:21 pm
By: News 9


By Margaret Stokes & Chris Howell for News9.com

TULSA, Oklahoma-- You no longer have to turn to C-SPAN to get to know your legislators, now you can get to know many of them on YouTube.

In fact Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe stars in one of the most watched videos on the YouTube Senate Hub. He recently posted a video from Cuba during his visit to Guantanamo Bay.

It may be surprising to know that Senator Inhofe has two website channels, one of which was recognized in 2007 for being one of the best on Capitol Hill. Now like many politicians he's turning to YouTube and other networking sites to reach the public.

Inhofe is on facebook, has his own YouTube channel, produces podcasts, writes a blog, and has recently joined Twitter.

In this day in age Inhofe said the internet is the best way to reach constituents. He said it enables him to bypass the mainstream media and allow for more participation in the legislative process.

In fact, the senator is so web savvy, when we contacted his office to learn more on his attempts to use this new medium, he appropriately posted his response in a video on YouTube.