The New York Times Editorial Board yesterday threw support behind the SCOTUSBlog live feed securing a press credential to cover the Supreme Court.
The Senate Standing Committee of Correspondents denied SCOTUSBlog’s April request for credentials, which are recognized by the Supreme Court, because its founder Tom Goldstein’s firm argues before the Court. The committee says that ‘violates its rule against lobbying the federal government’ and that ‘the site is not independent from Mr. Goldstein’s firm.’
“The committee should reconsider its edict,” wrote the Board the day after 60,000 people turned to SCOTUSBlog for coverage of Monday’s Supreme Court rulings. “Professional standards are necessary, but, by any measure, Scotusblog meets them. Its importance is demonstrated by its audience, which is not just top journalists and members of the public. According to the site’s internal data, Scotusblog’s single biggest user is the Supreme Court itself.”
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