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Critic: The Gazette-Standard newspaper recently increased its editoria

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Critic: The Gazette-Standard newspaper recently increased its editorial staff to avoid factual errors. But this clearly is not working. Compared to its biggest competitor, the Gazette-Standard currently runs significantly more corrections acknowledging factual errors.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the critic's argument?

(A) The Gazette-Standard pays its editorial staff lower salaries than its biggest competitor pays its editorial staff.

(B) The Gazette-Standard has been in business considerably longer than has its biggest competitor.

(C) The Gazette-Standard more actively follows up reader complaints about errors in the paper than does its biggest competitor.

(D) The Gazette-Standard's articles are each checked by more editors than are the articles of its biggest competitor.

(E) The increase in the Gazette-Standard's editorial staff has been offset by a decrease in the reporting staff at the newspaper.

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Re: Critic: The Gazette-Standard newspaper recently increased its editoria  [#permalink]

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Answer Choice Analysis:
(A) Out of scope. Pay has nothing to do with the number of errors. It would be wrong to assume that a higher paid editor is better or more likely to care about errors.

(B) Out of scope. How long it has been in business doesn't tell us about errors.

(C) Very close to our anticipation! We got lucky (predicting weaken answers is imprecise). If this is true, then the number of corrections compared to the competitor doesn't tell us that there actually exist more errors, since the Gazette is just more likely to follow up on them.

(D) Tempting. However, this answer is about what happens before publications, whereas our premise is about post-publication checking. We know there are more corrections issued, so, if anything, this answer tells us that we should hire new editors without making it more likely that we actually have fewer errors than before.

(E) Out of scope. The number of reporters doesn't necessarily impact the number of factual errors in the paper. While you could argue that fewer reporters might lead to overworking increasing errors, that's several jumps - maybe the Gazette fired the people who were the most factually inaccurate!
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New post 18 Sep 2018, 04:22
A good question but I took some time between C & D. It had to do with the understanding of how a newspaper works. If I had no knowledge about newspaper working I might as well have gone with D.
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