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The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?
1) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.
2) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.
3) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.
4) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.
5) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

Can someone explain that about what director is arguing in the passage?
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 20:47
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The director is refuting the charge that NNN has a bias towards being conservative. Recently, the channel hired a liberal news personality, which should have made the channel more liberal (as it has one more person who has liberal views, as opposed to conservative). However, in response, the channel added an additional conservative news program.

To an outsider, this would seem that the channel tried to maintain its bias for being conservative by trying to neutralize the effect of one additional liberal news anchor through an additional conservative news program. This is the charge that is made against the news network.

However, the director refutes the charge by saying that the conservative news program helped to balance the effect of added liberalism in the news network through the liberal anchor - it was an attempt on the part of the news channel to help maintained a balanced perspective, not to 'make up' for the presence of more liberalism (through the new anchor) by introducing more conservatism (through the news program). In summation, the director is saying that the news network strives to provide a balanced perspective to its viewers, not to maintain a bias towards conservatism.

So in this question, the correct answer choice is (1).

1) If the news network has always established an additional liberal news program whenever a new conservative personality has joined, it shows the commitment of the network to balance out liberalism and conservatism IN THE SAME WAY as it has in the question stem. Therefore this is the right choice.
2) Even if the network airs one program focused on the opinions of its viewers, that does not make it committed to showing the balanced perspective as a whole (there could be many more program not focused on viewer opinion).
3) This is irrelevant to the argument
4) Even if the new personality has not felt any editorial pressure, we cannot comment on the situation in general.
5) Viewer rating has no relation to the new network showing a balanced perspective.
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 21:27
A for me as well.

All other choices are either irrelevant or vaguely related.

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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 21:45
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Can someone explain that about what director is arguing in the passage?

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?
1) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.
2) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.
3) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.
4) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.
5) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.


Director says the channel is not biased toward Republican party, because whenever it added a Democrat supporter in its channel, it also added a republican party supportive program. Director justifies this scenario as balanced.

A) tells the same in reverse order: When the network hired republican party supporter, it also added a democratic party supportive program.
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 22:21
Found A to be the most relevant one , what would be most useful to check is whether conservative prg are being introduced in a shadow or support of some other thing (in this case it is the liberal prg).
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 22:23
Ohh btw I clocked it in 1:40 , it should not have taken more than 1:20 , i was getting used to the interface , my fisrt attempt here
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 06:39
I choose option A
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Re: News Network Director [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 11:59
Chose A
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i choose option A. if we need to demonstrate the fairness the option must be to establish a liberal program when you employ conservative personality...

liberal emp -- conservative program
conservative emp --lib program (which is choice A)
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Re: The director of programming at NNN, the National News [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2014, 10:28
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IMO it's A. We need to know that every time a liberal show is established each time a conservative presenter comes in. If this is the case, then the channel is indeed unbiased and is not conservative. In such a way they try to keep the balance, so A is the answer.
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