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# Political advocacy groups have begun to use information

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Political advocacy group ( group of people who speaks good about politics and politicians) have started some kind of information system (website etc) which can be only accessible through computers unlike the old medium of information medium such as newspaper or TV, political magazines etc.The group will be able to disseminate the information/views directly to the general public and the author believes that the public will be able to get a balanced / unbiased information of the complex political issues via this website.

At an initial level one can think of an assumption - whether everyone is accessible to use this info, i.e computer is available to everyone to access these info?But that is not mentioned in the premise and not the prime concern , because the author thinks that computer is accessible to almost a major part of the population.
which is mentioned in (A) which is incorrect

Now, traditional medium of information are usually unbiased because those are NOT Created or disseminated by the people involved in POLITICAL ADVOCACY and give info in a balanced way.
What does it means?
It means that, when people involved in political advocacy create information , there will be a chance that they might bias the info in favor of them.
(C) says that :-
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
so one can think of a balanced information which is unbiased.
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
The argument is that information services can provide the public with a more balanced view of political issues, unlike traditional sources that present biased political views.
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. Accessibility is out of scope.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.This would actually take away from the need for information services.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.If information services provides a perspective that is just as biased as that of traditional sources, the argument falls apart.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately. Accuracy isn't in question.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources. If they can readily identify biases there's no need for information services.
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I looked for the option which connects political advocacy with information Services. option C
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