By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Transparency, apparently, isn't a word in Black's Law Dictionary. Just ask C-SPAN and its big media backers. Seven times they asked the court to immediately turn over audio tapes of oral arguments this term and seven times they were shot down. It's a worsening trend. Last year, seven of nine were denied. Since 2000, 25 requests have been denied, and 21 agreed to.