Arkansas Ed. Television Comm'n v. Forbes

In Arkansas Ed. Television Comm'n v. Forbes, 523 U.S. 666 (1998), the Supreme Court held that public forum principles do not generally apply to a public television station's editorial judgments regarding the private speech it presents to its viewers. "Broad rights of access for outside speakers would be antithetical, as a general rule, to the discretion that stations and their editorial staff must exercise to fulfill their journalistic purpose and statutory obligations." Id., at 673. Recognizing a broad right of public access "would also risk implicating the courts in judgments that should be left to the exercise of journalistic discretion." Id., at 674.