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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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Re: The news media is often accused of being willing [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 21:09
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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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Try to find the conclusion.
The conclusion is: "news media is sometimes guided by moral principle".
For the conclusion to be true, the author gives some evidence that the network withheld some information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
In order to strengthen the argument, one must find that a way to show that what the news media did was endorsed by moral principle OR to show that if it had disclosed the information, its ratings would have increased.
Answer choice B does one of the above mentioned tasks.
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Re: The news media is often accused of being willing [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 09:20
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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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Convoluted Conclusion. But, once you find the conclusion then it is easy to find the answer.


Conclusion: news media is sometimes guided by moral principle
Option B strengthens the conclusion.
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Re: The news media is often accused of being willing [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 15:24
Okies...Well...I'll try to explain in Detail -

Fact - A network did not reveal results.
Conclusion: News media is sometimes guided by moral principle.

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President. Ohh...so they did endorse him ! But this is not close to our question - whether ratings or morals were involved.

(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner. - Common !! The ratings would have increased if they predicted the winner. What kept them back - might be Morals :) Hold it for now.

(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed. - So what?? This fact doesn't lead us anywhere/ OOS.

(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race. - This is the weakener instead. If they knew that holding the results will in turn get them better ratings, definitely morals are not in picture.

(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers. - So it was the fear and not Morals. Weakener instead.

So, B looks like the best choice here. Hope this helps !!
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Re: The news media is often accused of being willing   [#permalink] 31 Jan 2013, 15:24
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