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

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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