Arkansas Educational Television Commission v. Forbes
Significance, The Events, Editorial Discretion, Or Government Censorship?, The Importance Of Public And Nonpublic Forums
Arkansas Educational Television Commission
Ralph P. Forbes
Arkansas Educational Television Commission excluded Ralph P. Forbes from participating in their television debate between major political party candidates as an exercise of editorial judgment because Forbes's status as an independent political candidate made him politically unviable and, therefore, not newsworthy.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Richard D. Marks
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Kelly J. Shackleford
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
18 May 1998
Arkansas Educational Television Commission's (AETC) exclusion of Forbes from the debate was a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral exercise of journalistic discretion consistent with the First Amendment.
- Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Democratic National Committee, 412 U.S. 94 (1973).
- FCC v. League of Women Voters of California, 468 U.S. 364 (1984).
- Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 512 U.S. 622 (1994).
- Biskupic, Joan. "High Court Agrees to Review Ruling on Political Debates," Washington Post, March 18, 1997, p. 8.
- Biskupic, Joan. "Justices Question Barring Fringe Candidates From Debates on Public TV," Washington Post, October 8, 1997, p. 15.
- Fleming, Heather. "Court Forces Open TV Congressional Debate." Broadcasting & Cable, Sep. 23, 1996, p. 18.
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