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The recent proliferation of newspaper articles in major publications that have been exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers are more interested in selling a copy than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.

The above argument assumes that:

A) newspaper stories of dubious authenticity are a new phenomenon
B) minor publications do a better job of fact-checking than do major publications
C) everything a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable
D) only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing erroneous stories
E) publishers are ultimately responsible for what is printed in their newspapers
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straight E.
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B -- the statement assumes that minor publications have few if any factual errors.
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New post 05 Apr 2006, 12:05
I was between B and C.

I will go for C.
In B, the argument does not assume that minor publications do a better job of checking. It just simply saying that they also need to verify the data.
On the other hand, C provides a valid and obvious assumption. If this is not true the argument falls.
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New post 05 Apr 2006, 12:16
I go with C cuz the argument focuses on the factually verification of news/information.
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[quote="Matador"]The recent proliferation of newspaper articles in major publications that have been exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers are more interested in selling a copy than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.

The above argument assumes that:

A) newspaper stories of dubious authenticity are a new phenomenon
B) minor publications do a better job of fact-checking than do major publications
C) everything a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable
D) only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing erroneous stories
E) publishers are ultimately responsible for what is printed in their newspapers[/quote]


I am going with E. The passage says "...the contention that publishers are more interested in selling a copy than in printing the truth". This is basically what E says.. the author has to assume that publishers are the ones responsbile for what gets printed. OA?
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My take - C, as it is an assumption that everything printed can be checked.
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I go with C because here we are concerned in verifying the truth. Throughout the passage author talks about verifying truth.
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E it is..
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New post 05 Apr 2006, 15:58
I pick C.

The statement says major publications have been exposed to bolster sales than the truth. The last sentence says that even minor publications should be fact checked. So the argument assumes that both major and minor arguments should be fact checked. So C best describes this
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New post 05 Apr 2006, 20:13
Go for 'B'.

The recent proliferation of newspaper articles in major publications that have been exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers are more interested in selling a copy than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.
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Can we please get the OA?
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The passage blames the pablishers for the fabrications. He believes that publishers are ultimately responsible for this.
Hence E.
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New post 06 Apr 2006, 03:36
I know the answer is E;

I am just trying to come in terms with the explanations. I think the idea of identifying the publishers as the cause of the problem is a good choice. If you then negate E, (of course its hard to negate statements) the argument then that the publishers are not concerned about the truth ceases to exit.
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New post 06 Apr 2006, 04:49
Even I know the answer is E - Kaplan I think :p
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New post 06 Apr 2006, 16:44
OA is E.

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The argument is based on a scope shift: The author concludes that publishers are more interested in selling copy than in printing the truth. The evidence is that many newspaper articles have recently been exposed as frauds. The assumption is contained in E: that publishers know about, or must take responsibility for, the truth of every article in their newspapers. If that is not the case, then the author cannot blame publishers for the increase of bogus stories.
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