Scalia’s clutching his pearls

Not that we need any more reminders, but surely Scalia’s the baggiest of all douches to sit on the Supreme Court in living memory.

Where others fear to tread, a 20-year-old college student from Tequesta, Fla., boldly stepped forward Tuesday to ask Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a question he did not like during a public appearance in West Palm Beach. “That’s a nasty, impolite question,” said Scalia, himself an expert on tough questioning, and he at first refused to answer it.

Oh yeah?  What was the question precisely?

Jeck asked whether the rationale for Scalia’s well-known opposition to cameras in the Supreme Court was “vitiated” by the facts that the Court allows public visitors to view arguments and releases full argument transcripts to the public, and that justices go out on book tours.

A reasonable question.  Steve Benen observes:

At the risk of sounding “nasty,” I’m not sure this makes any sense. Reporters are allowed to take notes during Supreme Court deliberations. If Scalia’s right, journalists may publish reports that fail to give a full context of a complex legal issue, so they should be barred, too. Indeed, the high court publishes transcripts of oral arguments. What if I read a few paragraphs and feel like I got the gist of things? Better ban transcripts, too.

For that matter, this applies to other branches. Cameras are on hand for White House press briefings, and “30-second takeouts” might not reflect the president’s full position on an issue. Better yank the camera crews from the briefing room to prevent “the miseducation of the American people.”

If Scalia wants to shield the judiciary from public scrutiny, he’ll have to do better than this.


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