RTDNA Asks Supreme Court To Allow TV, Audio Coverage Of Health Care Case Oral Arguments
November 17, 2011 at 4:21 AM (PT)
The RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION filed a letter with SUPREME COURT Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS and the court's Public Information Officer WEDNESDAY asking the court to allow television and, in the alternative, audio coverage of the oral arguments in the case over President OBAMA's health care bill. The request asked for permission to televise the proceedings, and, "(i)n the alternative, we respectfully request that you permit real-time audio broadcast of the proceedings."
In the letter, RTDNA Chairman KEVIN BENZ wrote, "Health care overhaul has divided the nation since it was signed into law. The Court’s ruling undoubtedly will shape the 2012 presidential campaign and most certainly will serve to define Congress’ ability to address national issues. There is no better time than in anticipation of this watershed case for the SUPREME COURT justices to suspend the ban on cameras in the courtroom and to allow live electronic coverage of this and other proceedings of keen interest and import to the American public."
BENZ added that "resistance to broadcast seems particularly anachronistic given that the highest courts of 47 of our states, as well as those of BRITAIN and CANADA, allow arguments to be televised."