June 20, 2009

Anne E. bar the door

City Attorney Grant Langley said this week that the city has the [power*] to determine who attends — and does not attend — its press conferences.
Fine, but I would think the city raises its own burden to provide a compelling reason why it's exercising that power, when it specifically identifies in advance the inquiries it expected Daniel Bice to make. I would question whether embarrassment is a strong enough reason.

Rather, it sounds an awful lot like prior restraint.

What may turn out to be interesting about this story is just about everything else apart from its central act of physical consummation.

* Power, not right. The press are the ones with the rights.

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