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A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in the week following the airing of a controversial report on the economy. The network also received a very large number of complaints regarding the report. The network, however, maintains that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the network's position?

(A) The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.
(B) The viewers who registered complaints with the network were regular viewers of the news organization's programs.
(C) Major network news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports only when they receive complaints about those reports.
(D) This was not the first time that this network news organization has aired a controversial report on the economy that has inspired viewers to complain to the network.
(E) Most network news viewers rely on network news broadcasts as their primary source of information regarding the economy.


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One thing that should be noticed is that finding out the assumption in strengthen/weaken questions is often time consuming and difficult. Assumption is not a very simple thing to figure out in complicated arguments while strengthen and weaken could be figured out using some basic strategies and common sense.
Also there could be two conclusions in different context. One could be the conclusion of the argument and one could be the conclusion of a particular character. We should not confuse the conclusion of the network with the conclusion of the argument. ( just to be sure we are not falling for a common gmat trap)

Now looking at the answer choices objectively, we need to find an answer choice that tells us that there must be some other reason for the loss of viewers. It’s better to look for answer choices in a strengthen weaken questions with an objective (makes your life easier).
B) This weakens the network’s argument. If this were true, then the regular viewers are more likely to not watch the network anymore because they were not happy with the network’s broadcast.
C) C does nothing because we are not concerned with the declaration of less viewership, but the reason for which it has declined.
D) I don’t know why people are favoring D here. It does not even mention the loss of viewership which we need to connect with something else to validate an answer choice.
E) E is largely irrelevant. Again we need some reason to support the network by saying that there was some other reason to declined viewership.

A) A is the perfect answer choice. It says that other network had similar decline in viewership which could mean there were other probable causes (holidays, power outage etc.)
A is the clear winner.


Hi,

Can you please explain in option A, what if there are no other reasons for the decline in viewership for the other major network news organizations apart from 'negative reactions on report'. Couldn't this be possible since we are not given a specific reason in option A and we are just assuming that there would not be another reason.
Thanks in advance!


This kind of assumptions are OK for strengthening / weakening questions. Unlike assumptions questions, strengthening/weakening questions are not "must be true" type. The answer is correct, if it provides a reason that the conclusion MAY (strengthening) or MAY NOT ( weakening) - NOT MUST or MUST NOT - be true. It is not required that the correct option conclusively prove or disprove the conclusion - (as the name suggests, it requires to strengthen or weaken).
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A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in the week following the airing of a controversial report on the economy. The network also received a very large number of complaints regarding the report. The network, however, maintains that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers.

* NOTE: THIS PASSAGE SETS UP A CAUSAL ARGUMENT. THE IDEA IS THAT COMPLAINTS DID NOT LEAD TO A DECREASE IN VIEWERS!

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the network's position?

(A) The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.
- This is correct b/c if other major network news organizations experienced a reduction in viewership, then the idea that complaints caused a decrease in viewers is mitigated.

(B) The viewers who registered complaints with the network were regular viewers of the news organization's programs.
- OPPOSITE. This proves that negative reactions don't always lead to a decrease in viewership.

(C) Major network news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports only when they receive complaints about those reports.
- Out of scope. Who cares what major network news orgs ATTRIBUTE drops in viewership to?

(D) This was not the first time that this network news organization has aired a controversial report on the economy that has inspired viewers to complain to the network.
- OPPOSITE. If viewers have complained in the past about controversial reports and have still watched other programs, then this mitigates the idea that complaints cause a decrease in viewers

(E) Most network news viewers rely on network news broadcasts as their primary source of information regarding the economy.
- Out of scope. Who care if broadcasts are primary or secondary source of info regarding the economy?

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A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in the week following the airing of a controversial report on the economy. The network also received a very large number of complaints regarding the report. The network, however, maintains that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the network's position?

(A) The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.

(B) The viewers who registered complaints with the network were regular viewers of the news organization's programs.

(C) Major network news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports only when they receive complaints about those reports.

(D) This was not the first time that this network news organization has aired a controversial report on the economy that has inspired viewers to complain to the network.

(E) Most network news viewers rely on network news broadcasts as their primary source of information regarding the economy.

This is a strengthen the argument question.
Like weaken, strengthen questions also require us to isolate the conclusion. As we will be looking for the answer that makes our belief stronger on the premise-conclusion relationship such as analogies, survey, reports, statistical data etc.
Protect the missing information
a) by keeping any option that fills the gap
b) by eliminating the answer that attacks the missing information

Conclusion: Negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers.
We need to protect this information. There can be an alternate reason for the loss of viewrs or this loss was general and affected other networks also.

A hinges on the assumptions that we came up with and is our answer.
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I was torn between A and C. My reasoning for C was that if the definition is true, then it basically confirms the existence of another factor that causes the loss in viewership (as they had complaints about the report). I guess answer A is just more evident as it actually offers an explanation to that factor - Is that why I should pick A over C?
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A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in the week following the airing of a controversial report on the economy. The network also received a very large number of complaints regarding the report. The network, however, maintains that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers.


Conclusion: Loss in viewers of a news organization was not because of negative reactions/complaints due to controversial report. Why?
Because the loss in viewership might be because of increase in subscription fees/ or in general the viewership fell in all news organizations/ or the people who actually complained also continued viewing the news network or any other reason that would prove that the controversial report/negative reaction/complaints is not the reason for the loss in viewership.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the network's position?


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(A) The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.

The loss in viewership happened in other major news organizations as well. Probably those other major news organizations aired the controversial report or probably not. Whatever be the reason, it gives us a chance to slightly doubt the reason that the loss in viewership happened because of the controversial report.

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(B) The viewers who registered complaints with the network were regular viewers of the news organization's programs.

The viewers who registered complaints with the network are in general regular viewers. We do not know from this statement whether they continued viewing the news network.

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(C) Major network news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports only when they receive complaints about those reports.

The fact that the major news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports does not prove/disprove whether the report is the cause.
(This is analogous to the situation where I say the reason for my bad grades is because of stress. Just because I attributed the factor stress to bad grades does not necessarily mean that stress IS the reason. I might be wrong. The actual reason might be because of negligence.)

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(D) This was not the first time that this network news organization has aired a controversial report on the economy that has inspired viewers to complain to the network.

News network has aired controversial reports before and viewers complained to the network before. So what? This statement is not telling us anything about why there is drop in viewership due to/not due to this particular report.

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(E) Most network news viewers rely on network news broadcasts as their primary source of information regarding the economy.

So what? What is this piece of information got to do with drop in viewership?
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How is A right ? What if the other news channels had also aired the same controversial report. This coulf have led to a loss of viewership for them also.
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The first option says - The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.
What you are saying is - The other major network news organization also aired the same controversial report and in return its viewership also reduced. Hence A cannot be the answer.
But I guess you are making the following assumptions to come to that conclusion:
1. All the other major news organizations aired the same controversial report.
2. And viewers complained about this report.
3. Hence, because of this the viewers went down.
4. And this sequence of events happened exactly the same in all the other major news organizations.
For this line of reasoning to work, you are making too many assumptions.
Instead keep it simple.
The other news organizations viewers also went down. Probably because of some other common reason such as power outage. Hence, the cause is not because of the negative reactions due to the report.
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I was torn between A and C. My reasoning for C was that if the definition is true, then it basically confirms the existence of another factor that causes the loss in viewership (as they had complaints about the report). I guess answer A is just more evident as it actually offers an explanation to that factor - Is that why I should pick A over C?

From the passage, we know that:

  • "A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in the week following the airing of a controversial report on the economy."
  • "The network also received a very large number of complaints regarding the report."

Despite these facts, the network "maintains that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers."

To answer the question, we need to find an answer choice that supports the network's claim.

Take a look at (C):
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(C) Major network news organizations publicly attribute drops in viewership to their own reports only when they receive complaints about those reports.

From the passage, we know that the network DID receive a bunch of complaints about the report. So, if answer choice (C) were true, the network could well have attributed the drop in viewership to negative reactions to their own report.

Our task, however, is to support the claim that the drop in viewership is NOT related to complaints about the report. The only thing answer choice (C) does is limit the cases in which a network would tie a drop in viewership to their own reports. It does not provide any information that supports the network's claim that, in this case, the drop in viewership has nothing to do with negative reactions to their report. (C) is out.

Now take a look at (A):
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(A) The other major network news organizations reported similar reductions in viewership during the same week.

This answer choice provides additional information that supports the network's claim that negative reactions to the report had nothing to do with its loss of viewers. If other networks also experienced a reduction in viewership, then there is likely some outside factor that caused people to not watch the news that week -- maybe the weather was really nice and everyone went outside, or maybe a large amount of people were suddenly quarantined with swine flu.

Whatever that outside factor was, it affected networks in addition to the one examined in the passage, which provides good evidence that the network's drop in viewership was not due to their controversial report, but rather to something else.

Answer choice (A) supports the network's claim, so (A) is our answer.

I hope that helps!
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