A group of professional press organizations released a new ad Tuesday calling on the Supreme Court to allow video cameras in the courtroom.
Current courtroom rules ban both still and video cameras. Audio recorders, however, are used by the court to tape oral arguments in full.
"The Supreme Court's decisions impact the lives of Americans everywhere, but only a privileged few get to witness history and see justice in action," a voiceover on the ad says over images of the Supreme Court and Capitol building. "Leading Republicans and Democrats and a large majority of Americans support a simple fix – putting cameras in the Supreme Court."
The group responsible for the ad, the Coalition for Court Transparency, includes the American Society of News Editors, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Society for Professional Journalists.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito have all spoken, to some degree, in favor of allowing cameras. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts have voiced the opposite. (More on that at The Wire.)
A press release says the new ad will air "nearly 300 times" on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CNBC in the Washington, D.C., market "over the next few weeks."