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Sensationalizing Supreme Court Sound Bites

Last week’s Supreme Court arguments on healthcare were a test case of more than the constitutionality of Obamacare. They also were an experiment in how television (and the Internet) would make use of same-day audio recordings of the justices’ questions. The reaction of The Nine to that treatment could determine whether they someday will welcome television cameras to the court.

This wasn’t the first time that the press and public could listen to audio recordings of Supreme Court arguments on the day they took place (as opposed to two, three or four days later, the current practice). According to a New York Times tally, the court released same-day audio 21 times between 2000 and 2010, beginning with an even bigger case than Obamacare, Bush v. Gore.

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