UPDATE: Linda Greenhouse has written a letter in response to C-SPAN in which she defends herself against their accusations. In it she claims that the “issue is not one of ‘open media access to public policy discussions,’” as C-SPAN’s Terence Murphy wrote in his letter, but “one of communication and simple courtesy.” Ignoring the question of whether she received an email warning her that C-SPAN was going to be present, Greenhouse writes, ” I learned about the plan to
cover the Supreme Court panel only when I showed up and saw the cameras. Prof. Gajda
told me yesterday that she had only learned at 5:00 p.m. the day before that C-Span
intended to cover our panel.”

She continues: “Some months ago, when I accepted the invitation to speak to a roomful of journalism
professors, no one said anything about a nationally televised event. There is a difference
between appearing before a room of 50 or so professors and speaking on national
television, as I’m sure you recognize. I did not agree to do the latter, and notwithstanding
my willingness—as you note—to appear on C-Span dozens of times in the past, whether
to do so remains, it seems to me, a matter in which I still have a say. I am neither a C-
Span employee nor a public official. My past voluntary appearances do not give C-Span
rights in perpetuity to broadcast events at which I appear, whether I agree or not. In fact,
you may or may not be aware that over the years I have from time to time declined to
appear at events that I had assumed were to be private when, at the last minute, I was
informed that C-Span coverage was a fait accompli.”

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Gal Beckerman is a former staff writer at CJR.