Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog has posted a report on the botched coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on “Obamacare,” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  It’s a fascinating read, both for the tick-tock account of how some of the nation’s largest news organizations managed to get their initial reporting so completely wrong, and also for the insights into the events at the Court, the White House, and inside the petitioners’ camp.  It appears from the report that SCOTUSblog had access to many of the key players in the case, including Solicitor General Don Verrilli and attorney Paul Clement and others.

One interesting note appears early in the piece:  “The Supreme Court will not grant SCOTUSblog a press credential.”  Given the blog’s unquestioned preeminence in Supreme Court reporting, and the very public humiliation of credentialed media like CNN and FOX, one hopes the Court will reconsider.

5 Responses to “SCOTUSblog on Botched Media Coverage of PPACA Decision”

  1. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    Given the blog’s unquestioned preeminence in Supreme Court reporting, and the very public humiliation of credentialed media like CNN and FOX, one hopes the Court will reconsider.

    Given said performance of said “credentialed” media, who would want to be a part of it?  By the way, CAAFlog will not get those credentials any time soon either.  The Court is still smarting over that whole reconsideration embarrassment from a couple years back.

  2. Zachary Spilman says:

    Who wants press “credentials”? Let’s not join the rush to get it wrong.

  3. Ama Goste says:

    Press credentials=side-front seating for court sessions.  That’s a plum thing when dealing with high-profile cases that bring in hordes of spectators.

  4. Kenneth Olsen says:

    If the LFBC PDF is in fact a forgery, will anyone in the blogosphere feel that CAAFLOG.com botched the coverage of the Lakin case?

    Are any Vegas-based CAAFLOG.com principals planning on attending the July 17th press conference in Phoenix, AZ? 

  5. Christopher Mathews says:

    Kenneth –  No, because as CAAFlog’s commentators pointed out throughout the process, the President’s long-form birth certificate was — and still is — not relevant to the charges in the Lakin case.

    I know you wish that wasn’t so.  But it is.

    As to your second question – I’m a Las Vegas-based contributor and no, I’m not planning to be in Phoenix on the 17th.