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Magazine Publisher: Our magazine does not have a liberal

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Magazine Publisher: Our magazine does not have a liberal bias. It is true that when a book review we had commissioned last year turned out to express distinctly conservative views, we did not publish it until we had also obtained a second review that took a strongly liberal position. Clearly, however, our actions demonstrate not a bias in favor of liberal views but rather a commitment to a balanced presentation of diverse opinions.

Determining which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the cogency of the magazine publisher's response?

A. Whether any other magazines in which the book was reviewed carried more than one review of the book
B. Whether the magazine publishes unsolicited book reviews as well as those that it has commissioned
C. Whether in the event that a first review commissioned by the magazine takes a clearly liberal position the magazine would make any efforts to obtain further reviews
D. Whether the book that was the subject of the two reviews was itself written from a clearly conservative or a clearly liberal point of view
E. Whether most of the readers of the magazine regularly read the book reviews that the magazine publishes

Please provide detailed explanations!
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Re: Magazine Publisher: Our magazine does not have a liberal bi [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 09:42
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Magazine Publisher: Our magazine does not have a liberal bias. It is true that when a book review we had commissioned last year turned out to express distinctly conservative views, we did not publish it until we had also obtained a second review that took a strongly liberal position. Clearly, however, our actions demonstrate not a bias in favor of liberal views but rather a commitment to a balanced presentation of diverse opinions.

Determining which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the cogency of the magazine publisher's response?

A. Whether any other magazines in which the book was reviewed carried more than one review of the book
B. Whether the magazine publishes unsolicited book reviews as well as those that it has commissioned
C. Whether in the event that a first review commissioned by the magazine takes a clearly liberal position the magazine would make any efforts to obtain further reviews
D. Whether the book that was the subject of the two reviews was itself written from a clearly conservative or a clearly liberal point of view
E. Whether most of the readers of the magazine regularly read the book reviews that the magazine publishes

Please provide detailed explanations!


Hi fozzy,

Conclusion: Our magazine does not have a liberal bias and presents balanced opinions.

Premises: The magazine receives conservative opinion, it waits until it gets a liberal opinion.

The correct answer choice will help us determine whether the magazine has a liberal bias or presents a balanced opinion.


A. Whether any other magazines in which the book was reviewed carried more than one review of the book

The argument is not concerned about other magazines, making this an irrelevant answer choice.

B. Whether the magazine publishes unsolicited book reviews as well as those that it has commissioned

This option as well does not tell anything about the bias towards the liberal or towards the conservative opinions.


C. Whether in the event that a first review commissioned by the magazine takes a clearly liberal position the magazine would make any efforts to obtain further reviews

This answer choice gives us a clear evaluation parameter to test whether the magazine has a liberal bias or not. If the answer to the question asked by (C) is yes then the magazine will make efforts to obtain views other than the liberal ones, so the magazine presents balanced opinions, making this fact inline with the fact in the premises. If the answer is no, then the magazine would not make efforts to get other opinions; therefore, it has a bias towards the liberal opinions.

D. Whether the book that was the subject of the two reviews was itself written from a clearly conservative or a clearly liberal point of view

The argument is concerned about point of view of magazine and not the book itself, making this choice an irrelevant one.

E. Whether most of the readers of the magazine regularly read the book reviews that the magazine publishes

The readership of the magazine is in no way connected to the bias that the magazine may have. Even if the magazine readers do not read it regularly, the magazine my have any of the biases. This choice will be of no use for us in evaluating the cogency of the editor's response.


Hope that helps,

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Re: Magazine Publisher: Our magazine does not have a liberal bi   [#permalink] 27 Feb 2013, 09:42
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