C-SPAN Seeks to Cover Health Care Appeal in High Court
Pitches request to televise oral arguments as a "supplement" to the court's regular audiocast release
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/15/2011 4:44:47 PM
The High Court this week agreed to hear the health care appeal, likely by the end of first-quarter 2012.
In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday, copied to the other Justices, C-SPAN said that it would provide the live feed to any others in the media who wanted it.
C-SPAN pointed to the fact that the court was planning five-and-a-half hours of argument as a sign of the significance of the case, and pitched the request as a "supplement" to the court's regular end-of-the-week audiocast release of arguments and as a further reflection of the importance of the case.
"It is a case which will affect every American's life, our economy, and will certainly be an issue in the upcoming presidential election," C-SPAN argued.
In case the obtrusiveness of the cameras is an issue -- which has been raised by some Justices in the past -- C-SPAN pledged to work with the court to make sure that the equipment was "unobtrusive and respectful of the process."
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