At a panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference about covering the Supreme Court, Tony Mauro, who writes for the National Law Journal, said the Court is slow to accept technological changes.
No electronics are allowed in the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court has been completely resistant to modern media. It’s not an institution that moves quickly,” Mauro said.
Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, said it is less likely that justices will allow cameras in the court room than ever before, as their images could be easily parodied online or television by the likes of Jon Stewart.
Pete Williams, of NBC News, was the only Supreme Court television journalist present. He said the Supreme Court has changed over time when it comes to technology and general operations, but not as much as one would expect.
“Justices fear it’s the camel’s nose for TV coverage, and they just don’t want to be there,” Williams said.