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# As often now as in the past, newspaper journalists use direct or indir

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As often now as in the past, newspaper journalists use direct or indirect quotation to report unsupported or false claims made by newsmakers. However, journalists are becoming less likely to openly challenge the veracity of such claims within their articles.

Each of the following, if true, helps to explain the trend in journalism described above EXCEPT:

(A) Newspaper publishers have found that many readers will cancel a subscription simply because a view they take for granted has been disputed by the publication.

(B) The areas of knowledge on which journalists report are growing in specialization and diversity, while journalists themselves are not becoming more broadly knowledgeable.

(C) Persons supporting controversial views more and more frequently choose to speak only to reporters who seem sympathetic to their views.

(D) A basic principle of journalism holds that debate over controversial issues draws the attention of the public.

(E) Journalists who challenge the veracity of claims are often criticized for failing their professional obligation to be objective.

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10 Sep 2018, 01:27
Akela wrote:
As often now as in the past, newspaper journalists use direct or indirect quotation to report unsupported or false claims made by newsmakers. However, journalists are becoming less likely to openly challenge the veracity of such claims within their articles.

Each of the following, if true, helps to explain the trend in journalism described above EXCEPT:

(A) Newspaper publishers have found that many readers will cancel a subscription simply because a view they take for granted has been disputed by the publication.

(B) The areas of knowledge on which journalists report are growing in specialization and diversity, while journalists themselves are not becoming more broadly knowledgeable.

(C) Persons supporting controversial views more and more frequently choose to speak only to reporters who seem sympathetic to their views.

(D) A basic principle of journalism holds that debate over controversial issues draws the attention of the public.

(E) Journalists who challenge the veracity of claims are often criticized for failing their professional obligation to be objective.

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Argument:

Trend:
1. Journalists (J) use views (unsupported or false) of news makers. Past = Present
2. J question the views less now. Past > Present

Identify the option, which does not provide a justification:
A. This suggests a monetary angle because of which J don't challenge the views anymore
B. J are themselves not aware, sot hey are unable to challenge the views
C. J also share the same views, and do not challenge their own views
D. Correct. It draws the attention of public good, even challenging will have the same effect, as the view is already present. If the view in question is present, then it would not decrease the attention of the public by either endorsing that view or challenging that view
E. J fear that they would be criticized, and therefore, do not challenge the views

Please let me know if my understanding is incorrect.
Re: As often now as in the past, newspaper journalists use direct or indir   [#permalink] 10 Sep 2018, 01:27
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