Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age by Richard Davis

By Richard Davis

The U.S. best court docket seeks to withhold information regarding its deliberations, whereas the press's activity is to document and disseminate this knowledge. those ambitions clash and create rigidity among the justices and the newshounds who conceal them; upload to that the expanding calls for for transparency within the electronic age and the result's an engaging dynamic among an establishment that seeks to maintain its opaqueness and a press corps that calls for larger transparency. This quantity examines the connection among justices and the click via chapters that debate aspects reminiscent of insurance of the establishment, the media's method of the docket, and the consequences of stories insurance on public opinion. also, newshounds who disguise the courtroom supply insights into the career of reporting at the present time, whereas biographers of perfect court docket justices percentage the views of these justices in regards to the press.

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This coverage quoted directly from both the majority and dissenting opinion in Windsor, interviewed parties directly involved in both of the cases as well as legislators with thoughts on the decisions rendered, and more generally discussed the current state of same-sex marriage in the United States. Stories on the Windsor and Hollingsworth cases could also be found the next morning on the front pages of the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe (to name just a few of the many newspapers who made similar choices).

This pressure inherent in modern media may also affect the quality of reporting on the Supreme Court. Often in journalism in general, an emphasis on speed creates the potential for misunderstandings (Sobel 1970). One such example in the judicial realm came when journalists and pundits scrambled (on air, in some cases) on June 28, 2012 to interpret the Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (so-called Obamacare) in National Federation of Independent Business v.

However, this minimal move toward openness by some justices still has not translated into having cameras in the courtroom for oral arguments or decision announcements, avenues by which more stories about the Court might be reported by the media. At a minimum, such a move would mean footage would exist that would provide pictures for the front pages of newspapers or audiovisual fodder appealing to those setting the agenda of television news. The decision-making processes that take place between justices after the oral arguments are not open to outsiders as well.

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