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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 would probably 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.
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15 Oct 2005, 14:56
Going with B.

The other choices all appear to be extreme.
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15 Oct 2005, 14:59
D.

The point is that varied sources provide a variety of information. Otherwise, there will be no need to go and look at the other sources.
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17 Oct 2005, 02:06
I vote for (A).

(A) The article says "people who are informed receive information from various sources" Therefore, if a report views a foreign affiar solely thru the eyes of the state department(=which paraphrases "a report which has only a single source"), the report is suspect(=which paraphrases "not informed")

(B) Not relevant. Integrity is not mentioned nor implied in the article.

(C) Not relevant. It is not a matter of how accurate it is.

(D) Well, if the question was "what is the assumption?", I'd pick (D). However, what we are supposed to do is "what can be inferred", and so we have to stick to what we can notice from the article, not to a hidden assumption.

(E) Not relevant.
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17 Oct 2005, 03:24
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I vote for (A).

(A) The article says "people who are informed receive information from various sources" Therefore, if a report views a foreign affiar solely thru the eyes of the state department(=which paraphrases "a report which has only a single source"), the report is suspect(=which paraphrases "not informed")

(B) Not relevant. Integrity is not mentioned nor implied in the article.

(C) Not relevant. It is not a matter of how accurate it is.

(D) Well, if the question was "what is the assumption?", I'd pick (D). However, what we are supposed to do is "what can be inferred", and so we have to stick to what we can notice from the article, not to a hidden assumption.

(E) Not relevant.

I think D is the right answer. I don't think there is much difference between "Assumption" and "Inference". Inference means the hidden assumption or meaning. That is how it is different from "Conclusion"
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17 Oct 2005, 08:13
go D go....
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17 Oct 2005, 08:41
My money is on D.

A makes the bold claim that the state department is suspect, rather than biased or incomplete.
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17 Oct 2005, 08:55
yup D for me too
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17 Oct 2005, 09:12
D.
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17 Oct 2005, 09:18
D for me too. OA/OE please
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17 Oct 2005, 10:47
I choose A because the information from the State Department Department seems suspicious, not accurate. That is why alternative sources are needed.
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17 Oct 2005, 20:03
One more for D !
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18 Oct 2005, 01:37
i would go for D
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