Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?
(A) To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.
(B) To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.
(C) Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.
(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department.
(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.
This is a great example of GMAT questions on general topics on which people have strong viewpoints. Every option except D is an extreme viewpoint that many of us might have. But the trick is to stick to the passage and not get drawn in by our preconceived notions.
Option D is the only option that is very mild and states the mood of the passage. In inference questions the answer must state the fact that is explicitly mentioned in the passage.
The passage states "Informed people get info from divergent sources. Most popular news orgs view foreign affairs through the eyes of State. While reporting on country B orgs must try to get info from alternate sources"
This passage is not biased and doesn't take any extreme position, just plainly states the facts and proposes that news orgs must try to find alternate sources.
(A) The passage never says that reporting is suspect
(B) Never questions the integrity
of the news, influenced by the State.
(C) Never says that news not influenced by State is more accurate
(D) The passage does make a proposal to find alternate news sources in the hope that those sources might not have the same view as the State. - So correct
(E) This is out of scope as such a scenario is not mentioned anywhere in the passage.
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