Looks like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t like to have his speeches immortalized on film or audio tape. Seems that before he would agree to make an appearance at the City Club of Cleveland to accept an award they wanted to give him and give a small speech, he demanded a ban on all broadcast media at the event. The irony in this situation? This was for the club’s Citadel of Free Speech Award.
The ban on broadcast media, demanded by Scalia, “begs disbelief and seems to be in conflict with the award itself,” C-SPAN Vice President and Executive Producer Terry Murphy wrote in a letter last week to the City Club. “How free is speech if there are limits to its distribution?”
Personally, I don’t have a problem with his requesting the ban. He has a right not to speak in front of cameras and audio recorders if he so wishes. Though the irony in this case is somewhat amusing. Considering the fact that Scalia generally does a lot of talking in support of eroding the wall between church and state during his speeches, it’s not surprising he wants to limit the potential audience as much as possible.
After all, you can’t have a hidden agenda if you don’t try to keep it hidden…