Posted at 11:40 AM on November 4, 2008
by Jeff Horwich
According to an update from Broadcasting and Cable, recordings of today's colorful Supreme Court arguments will not be made available to C-Span (the way other recent cases of high public interest have been).
Chances are, the lawyers (and the Sup. Ct. justices, perchance?) will themselves need to indulge their potty-mouths just to address the matter at hand. Naturally, this would be a really fun one to hear in a Nina Totenberg report.
But no such luck. Lately the Supreme Court (of its own good graces, I guess) has been releasing tapes of arguments promptly to C-Span, from whence they filter out to the rest of the media and the public. But not this time.
B&C speculates it may be because they don't want to distract from the election. I'd speculate it's because they'd rather the world not hear Samuel Alito or Ruth Bader Ginsburg dropping the F-Bomb. Bummer.
(Bono, btw, tells the Wall Street Journal he regrets doing such an "uncool thing" and that he "regressed" in that moment of joy. None of which means he agrees with the FCC rule. WSJ also reminds us that "F---" is an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.)