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Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?


(A) The candidate who produced the half-hour-long advertisement did not win election at the polls.

(B) The half-hour-long advertisement was widely publicized before it was broadcast.

(C) The half-hour-long advertisement was aired during a time slot normally taken by one of the most popular prime-time shows.

(D) Most short political advertisements are aired during a wide range of programs in order to reach abroad spectrum of viewers

(E) In general a regular -length television program that features debate about current political issues depends for its appeal on the personal qualities of the program’s moderator.

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Originally posted by shadabkhaniet on 31 Mar 2012, 23:49.
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Conculsion - ppl more interested in lengthy political messages.

Evidence: last year, a candidate produced a lengthy political message. Substantial ppl tuned into the station.

We want to WEAKEN the Conclusion, (ppl are not interested in lengthy messages.)

A - win?? Who cares whether he or she won
B - ad was widely publicized - does it weaken the Conclusion? No!, but you might of considered this cause it may confuse you.
C - Interesting...If the nation was expecting the Superbowl to start at 6pm and we got Joe Dirt delaying the start for a political message, but we all tuned in... hold this
D- who cares- out of scope, C is stronger
E- who cares- out of scope

Therefore C is best ans choice. Ppl tuned into a show that was expected to be aired, but Joe Dirt took the time, knowing that many ppl would tune in to broadcast how amazing he is...Therefore CCCCCCC,

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Okay what the passage basically says:

short ads were popular among population,
but because of an instance of good crowd for one a long advertisement makes the argument suppose the trend has changed.

now to weaken this conclusion we need to find something that attacks the relation good crowd and the long advertisement. Basically we are searching for something that will straight give us a reason to say okay so this was the reason crowd was there not that long ad was aired.

look at C it directly conveys the same, the crowd was there because some other popular show was aired there .

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Ok now I got it. Thank you dchow23 and kraizada84. +1
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Hey shadabkhaniet,

Basically we have the following

Since many people tuned in at the beginning of a lengthy political commercial ----> people's interest in lengthy commercials is there (or people now have interest in long political commercials)

C provides an alternate cause for why people tuned in to that program. Hence, it weakens the argument.

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IMO C........

Tricky one...... thought b was best answer....but it should be C.........as b still means ppl are interested in long ad.
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Option C , provides an alternative reason, why many people area watching it.

Therefore the answer is Option C.
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Imo C
IF viewers are not aware about the change in the program timing and if that program is very popular like Game of Thrones people are going to tune in to that slot.But to their surprise they find a half hour long political message , people are surely going to switch the TV as soon as they see it . :-D
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New post 24 Jul 2017, 10:57
IMO C for obvious reasons - it says quite clearly that the message aired during an empty prime time TV show slot --> so inadvertently people watched it.
Can this question be posted properly - that is, without the picture? Some of the words are missing on the right.
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Hi Moderators, Bunuel

Can you edit the post with the question and answer choices

Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A)The candidate who produced the half-hour-long advertisement did not win election at the polls.
(B)The half-hour-long advertisement was widely publicized before it was broadcast.
(C) The half-hour-long advertisement was aired during a time slot normally taken by one of the most popular prime-time shows.
(D)Most short political advertisements are aired during a wide range of programs in order to reach abroad spectrum of viewers
(E)In general a regular -length television program that features debate about current political issues depends for its appeal on the personal qualities of the program’s moderator.

Would be helpful for community members.
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Hi Moderators, Bunuel

Can you edit the post with the question and answer choices

Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A)The candidate who produced the half-hour-long advertisement did not win election at the polls.
(B)The half-hour-long advertisement was widely publicized before it was broadcast.
(C) The half-hour-long advertisement was aired during a time slot normally taken by one of the most popular prime-time shows.
(D)Most short political advertisements are aired during a wide range of programs in order to reach abroad spectrum of viewers
(E)In general a regular -length television program that features debate about current political issues depends for its appeal on the personal qualities of the program’s moderator.

Would be helpful for community members.
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