Thursday, September 18, 2008

Scalia says no TV in "free, open to public" speech

How could he possibly "write into his contracts" that TV cameras were excluded?

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia was scheduled to give the keynote address at the political science department's much publicized conference. The presentation was also widely advertised as "free and open to the public." "All are invited to attend." With one exception. The broadcast press would be excluded. Only the broadcast press. Members of all other media would be welcome. They could take notes; they could make audio recordings. You see, Justice Scalia has a longstanding personal dislike of people with video cameras. The basis of that bias is not altogether clear -- but he writes into his speaking contracts that all video cameras (except those he specifically approves) will be barred from his venues.