SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTHONY Kennedy spoke to an elite Manhattan high school last week. When the school newspaper wanted to do a story about the visit, Kennedy (or his staff) demanded that the justice have the right to see the story before it goes to press.
Quotations were “tidied up” to better reflect the meaning the justice had intended to convey, a spokesperson for the justice told the New York Times.
Would you allow a source to see your story before you went to press (or went on air)?
The executive director of the Student Press Law Center told the Times, “Obviously, in the professional world, it would be a nonstarter if a source demanded prior approval of coverage of a speech.”
Are the rules different when the source is a Supreme Court Justice, or when the publication is a high school newspaper?
Is the demand a violation of the freedom of the press as stated in the First Amendment?
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