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Supreme Court TV? Nice Idea, but Still Not Likely

A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care law. The case is a once-in-a-generation blockbuster, and the court underscored its importance by scheduling five and a half hours of oral arguments, the most in any case since 1966.

The day after the announcement, Brian P. Lamb, the chairman of C-Span, wrote to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. with a modest request. “We believe the public interest is best served by live television coverage of this particular oral argument,” Mr. Lamb said.

The request is, of course, doomed. Yet it is hard to say why.

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