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Arkanas Educational Television Commission v. Ralph P. Forbes

By May 18, 1998

In Arkansas Educational Television Commission v. Forbes, the Supreme Court rules that a public television station’s exclusion of a political candidate from its televised debate does not violate the First Amendment. The Court declares the station-sponsored debate to be a non-public forum, ruling that exclusion of the candidate for reasonable and viewpoint-neutral reasons is allowed.