The Supreme Court Should Allow Televised Oral Arguments – NYTimes.com

The Supreme Court Should Allow Televised Oral Arguments – NYTimes.com.

December 14, 2011, 9:57 am

Public Work, in Private

The Supreme Court needs to deliberate about itself. In November, after the court agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care reform law, C-Span wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts requesting permission to televise oral arguments. Since then, several news organizations, including The New York Times, have chimed in to support C-Span.

Journalists who follow the court, like this paper’s Adam Liptak, have said the justices will almost certainly turn down C-Span, partly because they’re afraid the media will turn weighty matters into sound bites . This may reflect a larger concern with preserving the court’s dignity, and from there its credibility and authority. But it seems to me that it is banning cameras that harms the credibility of the court.

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