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# Criticism that the press panders to public sentiment

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Criticism that the press panders to public sentiment [#permalink]

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20 Mar 2008, 13:43
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Criticism that the press panders to public sentiment neglects to consider that the press is a profit-making institution. Like other private enterprises, it has to make money to survive. If press were not profit-making, who would support it? The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control. It is easy to get subsidies for propaganda, but no one will subsidize honest journalism.

It can be properly inferred from the passage that if the press is

(A) not subsidized, it is in no danger of outside control
(B) not subsidized, it will not produce propaganda
(C) not to be subsidized, it cannot be a profit-making institution
(D) to produce honest journalism, it must be profit-making institution
(E) to make a profit, it must produce honest journalism

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20 Mar 2008, 14:18
Alot of things are going on in this one.

I'm choosing (A) because the simple rule that A->B, then !B->!A. So if A (subsidize) infers B (outside control), and since we know press is not subsidized, then it must not be in control of others.

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20 Mar 2008, 17:54
D.
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20 Mar 2008, 18:47
walker wrote:
Criticism that the press panders to public sentiment neglects to consider that the press is a profit-making institution. Like other private enterprises, it has to make money to survive. If press were not profit-making, who would support it? The only alternative is subsidy and, with it, outside control. It is easy to get subsidies for propaganda, but no one will subsidize honest journalism.

It can be properly inferred from the passage that if the press is

(A) not subsidized, it is in no danger of outside control
(B) not subsidized, it will not produce propaganda
(C) not to be subsidized, it cannot be a profit-making institution
(D) to produce honest journalism, it must be profit-making institution
(E) to make a profit, it must produce honest journalism

A.

Hi Walker, let try the following rule.
If A, then (B and C)

Reference: if (Not B) or (Not C), then not A.
Hope it helps!
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20 Mar 2008, 19:05
I think the correct answer is D.
The press in order to produce honest journalism (don't forget it has to survive and it doesn't receive subsidies) it has to make profit.
I tried to personalize the arguement and it looked much more clear.

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20 Mar 2008, 20:53
D?

press is a profit-making institution. It has to make money to survive.
If press were not profit-making,press needs subsidies.
If press uses subsidies, jounalism will not be honest.

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20 Mar 2008, 21:21
Thanks! OA is D

I was between D and E, and trapped by E...Now, I see that the press with propaganda and without honest journalism can be profitable.
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20 Mar 2008, 22:36

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21 Mar 2008, 01:40
Tell me whats wrong with D?

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21 Mar 2008, 02:53
TheBBB1982 wrote:
Tell me whats wrong with D?

Nothing, It is OA
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21 Mar 2008, 09:28
I chose D, although this one took me a long time.

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21 Mar 2008, 09:31
I didn't see the word "if" in the question. I thought the question is simply saying the PRESS IS....

So yea, D makes sense with the "if"

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07 May 2011, 14:43
the answer is D and i got this down in 1:18 min , the question is straight forward though
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