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People tend to estimate the likelihood of an event’s occurrence according to its salience; that is, according to how strongly and how often it comes to their attention.
By placement and headlines, newspapers emphasize stories about local crime over stories about crime elsewhere and about many other major events.
It can be concluded on the basis of the statements above that, if they are true, which of the following is most probably also true?
(A) The language used in newspaper headlines about local crime is inflammatory and fails to respect the rights of suspects.
(B) The coverage of international events in newspapers is neglected in favor of the coverage of local events.
(C) Readers of local news in newspapers tend to overestimate the amount of crime in their own localities relative to the amount of crime in other places.
(D) None of the events concerning other people that are reported in newspapers is so salient in people’s minds as their own personal experiences.
(E) The press is the news medium that focuses people’s attention most strongly on local crimes.
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obviously C
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New post 09 Oct 2006, 07:57
Definitely C

A) Has nothing to do with the passage
B) Passage never mentions international events
C) Answer reflects how people apply salience to the example given in the passage
D) Personal experiences don't matter here
E) It never says they focus attention the most, just that they do focus it
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New post 09 Oct 2006, 08:17
My choice is C, because it addresses the issue more directly.

All other choices are irrelevant. This question is not tough.
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C for sure.
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New post 09 Oct 2006, 12:44
OA is C
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New post 09 Oct 2006, 13:02
Between B and C I pick C.

Papers do not neglect international stories, rather the emphasis is more on local stories.

People who read the highly emphasized local crime stories will think that crime in their area is worse than in other areas.
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