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A major network news organization experienced a drop in viewership in

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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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