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Ethics [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 20:11
Marcus: For most ethical dilemmas the journalist is likely to face, traditional journalistic ethics is clear, adequate, and essentially correct. For example, when journalists have uncovered newsworthy information, they should go to press with it as soon as possible. No delay motivated by the journalists’ personal or professional interests is permissible.
Anita: Well, Marcus, of course interesting and important information should be brought before the public—that is a journalist’s job. But in the typical case, where a journalist has some information but is in a quandary about whether it is yet important or “newsworthy,” this guidance is inadequate.

In order to conclude properly from Anita’s statements that Marcus’ general claim about traditional journalistic ethics is incorrect, it would have to be assumed that
(A) whether a piece of information is or is not newsworthy can raise ethical dilemmas for journalists
(B) there are circumstances in which it would be ethically wrong for a journalist to go to press with legitimately acquired, newsworthy information
(C) the most serious professional dilemmas that a journalist is likely to face are not ethical dilemmas
(D) there are no ethical dilemmas that a journalist is likely to face that would not be conclusively resolved by an adequate system of journalistic ethics
(E) For a system of journalistic ethics to be adequate it must be able to provide guidance in every case in which a journalist must make a professional decision

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Re: Ethics [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 21:01
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Marcus: For most ethical dilemmas the journalist is likely to face, traditional journalistic ethics is clear, adequate, and essentially correct. For example, when journalists have uncovered newsworthy information, they should go to press with it as soon as possible. No delay motivated by the journalists’ personal or professional interests is permissible.

Anita: Well, Marcus, of course interesting and important information should be brought before the public—that is a journalist’s job. But in the typical case, where a journalist has some information but is in a quandary about whether it is yet important or “newsworthy,” this guidance is inadequate.

In order to conclude properly from Anita’s statements that Marcus’ general claim about traditional journalistic ethics is incorrect, it would have to be assumed that

(A) whether a piece of information is or is not newsworthy can raise ethical dilemmas for journalists
(B) there are circumstances in which it would be ethically wrong for a journalist to go to press with legitimately acquired, newsworthy information
(C) the most serious professional dilemmas that a journalist is likely to face are not ethical dilemmas
(D) there are no ethical dilemmas that a journalist is likely to face that would not be conclusively resolved by an adequate system of journalistic ethics
(E) For a system of journalistic ethics to be adequate it must be able to provide guidance in every case in which a journalist must make a professional decision

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I go for A. B is just restatement of the information provided in the passage so it is not correct. rest - totally irrevalant.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 00:00
A seems clear
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 03:52
A here as well
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 05:36
How about 'E' ?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 05:41
I think E fits the bill here.

Anita argues about the ethical guidance being inadequate. E reinforces her opinion.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 08:36
OA is A but Need more explanation to support A and refute E.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 23:09
Now that we know the OA - 'A'.

The only rationale I can apply here will be

'A' - more relevant to the stem here (direct to Anita's statements that Marcus's claims are incorrect..)

'E' - a generalised note which applies to the whole system of journalistic ethics.
For instance usage of words such as 'system' and 'every' makes the statement in 'E' very strong with a broader scope.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2007, 19:22
This was a hard one. My gut said to pick A. In fact after reading it, I didn't really like any other choice.

Will post explanations later when I can better understand this behemoth.
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What's the source of this CR? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2007, 11:14
Agree with 'A'

What's the source of this CR?
What's the source of this CR?   [#permalink] 06 Oct 2007, 11:14
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