A collection of groups pushing to open the Supreme Court to television coverage is trying something new: television advertising.
The Coalition for Court Transparency is rolling out a 30-second TV ad this week with a modest local cable buy in Washington, D.C.
“The Supreme Court’s decisions impact the lives of Americans everywhere, but only a privileged few get to see justice in action,” a narrator says in the new spot. “State and federal courts allow cameras in the interest of transparency. Shouldn’t our Supreme Court do the same?”
The ad campaign is backed by a wide array of media-related groups: American Society of News Editors, National Association of Broadcasters, National Press Foundation, National Press Photographers Association, Radio Television Digital News Association, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Society for Professional Journalists. Also joining in the effort are several legal organizations, including the liberal Alliance for Justice and Constitutional Accountability Center, the conservative Liberty Coalition and the pro-transparency group Openthegovernment.org.
The new ad is scheduled to run nearly 300 times through mid-March, a coalition spokesman said. He did not offer a dollar figure for the ad buy, but said it was financed by a charitable foundation called the New Venture Fund.