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Criticism that the press panders to public sentiment neglects to consider that the press is a profit-making institution. Like other private enterprises, it has to make money to survive. If press were not profit-making, who would support it? The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control. It is easy to get subsidies for propaganda, but no one will subsidize honest journalism.

It can be properly inferred from the passage that if the press is
(A) not subsidized, it is in no danger of outside control
(B) not subsidized, it will not produce propaganda
(C) not to be subsidized, it cannot be a profit-making institution
(D) to produce honest journalism, it must be profit-making institution
(E) to make a profit, it must produce honest journalism

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22 Mar 2007, 10:38
I think we can solve this by using contrapositive

If X then Y
implies
if not Y then not X

If press is a profit making institution then it is subsidized
implies
If press is not subsidized, it is not a profit making institution

So is 'C' correct ?
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22 Mar 2007, 14:20
Vote D. If the press is to produce honest journalism, it must be profit-making institution.
C is incorrect because being subsidized is irrelative to be a profit-making institution.
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22 Mar 2007, 14:44
I agree with wudy. The answer seems to be D.
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23 Mar 2007, 05:35
D.

The statement claims that for Journalism to be honest it must be a profit making institution, since subsidies come with strings attached to it.
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23 Mar 2007, 08:40
I vote for D.

It is easy to get subsidy for propoganda, but not for honest journalism. Hones journalism is possible only when you have sound financial back up...
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23 Mar 2007, 20:39
Hi guys...whats wrong with B.
The argument says-It is easy to get subsidies for propaganda.
This means if X(press has propoganda)->Y(press is subsidised)
This implies ~Y->~X i.e stated by choice B.

Any thoughts??.....
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23 Mar 2007, 21:43
But if press is profit making but not subsidized it can still produce propaganda. Hence B is ruled out

As honest journalism is not supported by subsidies only way to support honest journalism is if a press is profit making. hence D
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25 Mar 2007, 09:49
what is the OA?
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26 Mar 2007, 03:25
In CR questions it is very important to read each word throughly and get the essence of the argument. We can rule out 'B' for one more reason since it
mentions that "easy to get subsidy for propaganda" we cannot assume that without the subsidy the propaganda can't be their.

I will go for 'D'
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26 Mar 2007, 06:46
trapped between E and D, I ended up finding D more appealing.

From the first and last sentences, profit making is neccessary for honest journalism.

What is the OA ?
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27 Mar 2007, 02:19
I go with 'C'.
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27 Mar 2007, 03:04
The OA is D...thanks guys.
27 Mar 2007, 03:04
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