SAT Subject US History Practice Question 394: Answer and Explanation
15. Which of the following is the best example of the importance of a free press in a republic?
A. The disclosure of high crimes committed by members of the Nixon administration
B. The television broadcasts of the destruction of the World Trade Center
C. The "fireside chats" given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt over the radio
D. The publication in the next day's newspapers of important presidential speeches
E. The coverage of the legal battle over Terry Schiavo's right to die
Correct Answer: A
A free press is important primarily because it reports accurately on activities within the government. Only choice A describes a situation in which the press revealed damaging information that the government certainly would have kept secret if there had not been a free press to reveal it.