Citizenship Flashcards Omit Freedom of Press

Forgot freedom of the pressProbably just an oversight, but you never know these days what with the NSA FBI tapping journalists and all. From Boing Boing:

“The Government Printing Office sells a set of flash cards that are designed to help soon-to-be citizens learn about our government. Question 80 asks, ‘Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.’ The answer lists freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the right to petition the government “” but omits freedom of the press.”

Their update also shows the same omission is made in the sample civics questions in a completely different test booklet as in the flashcards.

Welcome to America, you have the freedom to say whatever you want, apparently so long as not many hear you say it.

  1. The problem is that the people in government don’t know the Constitution, so it was a mistake in the sense that they are ignorant of the First Amendment. If the NSA guy doesn’t know the Fourth Amendment, how can we expect the govt printing office people to know the First?

  2. Since McCain-Feingold effecively eliminated “freedom of the press” by redefining “press” as a limited set of corporations licensed by the State to purvey propaganda masquerading as news, I’d say the flashcards are accurate…

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