SCOTUSblog’s appeal fails; can’t get Senate press credential

If you spent any part of Monday checking SCOTUSblog for the Supreme Court orders, you’re not alone — about 10,000 people were on its live blog around 10 a.m., Editor Amy Howe wrote.

But SCOTUSblog’s indispensibility has not yet translated into a credential to cover the court. The Senate Press Gallery granted it a credential — usually a prerequisite for Supreme Court credentials — but it later revoked the credential. SCOTUSblog’s appeal has failed:

Earlier Monday, SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein said he hadn’t had a chance yet to read the decision: “Ironically, we’re covering orders and opinions from the Court,” he wrote in an email to Poynter. Since then he was able to spend some time with it: The problem, he writes, was not SCOTUSblog’s journalism but his dual role as publisher and proprietor of a law firm that argues before the court.

“The members of the Standing Committee are traditional journalists who come from a proud and treasured tradition of complete independence from anything other than their craft,” he writes. “That is a fantastic model for journalism. But it is not the only one.”

SCOTUSblog will appeal the decision to the Senate Rules Committee, Goldstein writes.

Related: Siobhan Hughes: “while the media are ever evolving and changing, the need to guard against conflicts of interest remains.” (Senate Press Gallery) | SCOTUSblog can’t get credentialed, but news agencies owned by foreign states can

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • Chris Upchurch

    Because the Supreme Court accepts Senate press credentials rather than issuing it’s own press passes.

  • Steve Tetreault

    SCOTUSBlog covers SCOTUS, not Congress. Don’t understand why the court requires a Senate pass as a prerequisite….

  • SteveAuerweck

    Lyle Denniston, who covers the court for SCOTUSBlog by virtue of radio credentials, is one of the finest, most thorough, most gentlemanly reporters I have known and worked with in a lifetime in newsrooms. He has covered the court for more than 50 years. A world in which Lyle lost his ability to cover the court would be one sorely lacking in justice.

  • Jen

    Absolutely ridiculous. For those in the legal world — including attorneys, journalists and people whose cases are being heard by the US Supreme Court — SCOTUSBlog is one of the best (if not THE BEST) sources of information about cases being heard before the Supreme Court. It boggles the mind that they’ve once again been thwarted in their efforts to get press credentials.