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# Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly

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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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Originally posted by broall on 18 Sep 2017, 18:56.
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News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , isn't this correct?

Hi GMATNinja,
I have used the same strategy and marked E. I am not able to eliminate E. Could you please help here. Why is E wrong?

Let's stay focused on reading the argument carefully before trying to apply any kind of test to it:

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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

This is a lot of information to take in, but the editorialist is basically telling us about a sequence of actions. So let's break up this sequence into individual steps:

• News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly. At the same time, local political business is usually conducted secretively.
• These two factors result in the isolation of local politicians from their electorates.
• The isolation of local politicians from electorates results in a lower chance that any act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response.
• When there is a lower chance that any act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, then residents will be discouraged from participating in local politics.

Now, is choice (E) supported by the breakdown above?

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(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

Huh? Not discouraging resident participation would cause local politicians to be less isolated? This seems backwards.

The editorialist told us that local politicians become isolated from their electorates. Then, as a result of the isolation, the chance of a positive response due to resident participation goes down. Then, as a result of this chance going down, residents are discouraged from participating in local politics.

Choice (E) reads in the opposite direction, which contradicts the entire flow of logic that the argument has set up. So (E) can't be supported by the editorialist's statements. The sequence of events being described just doesn't line up.

That's why we can eliminate (E). I hope this helps!
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broall wrote:
Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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The Argument is basically showing the impact of less New coverage ..Only option D talks about news coverage and its effect in reducing discouragement of resident in participating local politics.

Answer is D

D is correct because, since the stimulus tells us that both local political secrecy and insufficient news coverage contribute to politicians being isolated, which in turn contributes to a decrease in resident participation, reducing either of these original factors (local political secrecy and insufficient news coverage) would, necessarily, reduce at least one sort of discouragement against resident participation that currently exists.

E is incorrect because, though the contrapositive tells us that if resident participation were not discouraged, insufficient news coverage could not be a problem, the causality of this relationship has been lost - it is not true that increased resident participation would then have necessrily caused better news coverage.
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19 Sep 2017, 10:04
broall wrote:
Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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The Argument is basically showing the impact of less New coverage ..Only option D talks about news coverage and its effect in reducing discouragement of resident in participating local politics.
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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

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Are LSAT CR questions actual representative of GMAT CR.
Seem to be getting most of these wrong.
Here went with A .
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21 Sep 2017, 06:46
hi broall

Can you please check the OA ...i think , it is not correct...
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hi broall

Can you please check the OA ...i think , it is not correct...

Sorry Changed OA to D.
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31 Oct 2017, 04:56
Hi Broall,

I was oscillating between D and E, but ended up on wrong side

I have one question regarding E,

Premise: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , is n't this correct?

Please help

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hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi Broall,

I was oscillating between D and E, but ended up on wrong side

I have one question regarding E,

Premise: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , is n't this correct?

Please help

Thanks

I think that the logic in this question is: X->Y and Y->Z thus X->Z. Since the question asks the answer choice that the argument most strongly supports, we come to choice B, which states the conclusion that X->Z. Other choices just conclude Y->Z so aren't good enough.
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15 May 2018, 06:57
Anyone please explain to me why A is wrong?
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Anyone please explain to me why A is wrong?

Let's take a look at A:
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(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate

The problematic word is "likely". We know that the low coverage of local news and secretive conduct of local political businesses leads to isolation of local politicians from their electorate. If these problems were remedied the isolation would be reduced and it would become more likely that resident participation would result in positive responses from local politicians. We just know that the likelihood would increase but we don't know by how much. Hence, we can't state that resident participation would likely result in positive responses. This is why answer A is incorrect.

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Editorialist: News media rarely cover local politics thoroughly, and local political business is usually conducted secretively. These factors each tend to isolate local politicians from their electorates. This has the effect of reducing the chance that any particular act of resident participation will elicit a positive official response, which in turn discourages resident participation in local politics.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the editorialist’s statements?

(A) Particular acts of resident participation would be likely to elicit a positive response from local politicians if those politicians were less isolated from their electorate.

(Incorrect:-we know isolation results in discouragement. But it does not mean less isolation will result in positive response)

(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

(Incorrect:-cannot infer anything"moral" from the information given)

(C) The most important factor influencing a resident’s decision as to whether to participate in local politics is the chance that the participation will elicit a positive official response.

(Incorrect:-does not have to be the "most important factor". Only need to be an important factor in making the decision)

(D) More-frequent thorough coverage of local politics would reduce at least one source of discouragement from resident participation in local politics.

(Correct:- since the positive response has to be an important factor affecting the decision, thus more frequent coverage will illicit some positive response and hence will reduce discouragement at least a little)

(E) If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.

(incorrect:- cannot be inferred)

facts:-
1) local politics conducted secretively
2) media does not conduct thorough coverage of local politics

Result:- local politicians isolated from their electorates

Conclusion:- Discourage resident participation in Local Politics
Premise:- local politicians isolated from their electorates. little chance of a positive official response

Under what conditions will the conclusion not hold true:- residents are not discouraged?

"when a positive official response is not an important factor in deciding to participate in the local politics.

Hence, positive response has to be an important decisive factor. It need not be the most important one.
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News Media rare coverage and business conducted secretively -> isolation of local politicians from their electorates -> less chance of positive official response -> discourage residente participation.

Contra Positive: no discourage of resident participation -> more chance of positive official response -> less isolation of local politicians -> news media more coverage.

is n't answer choice E, saying contrapositive?

If resident participation in local politics were not discouraged, this would cause local politicians to be less isolated from their electorate.
no discourage of resident partipation -> less isolation of local politicians , isn't this correct?

Hi GMATNinja,
I have used the same strategy and marked E. I am not able to eliminate E. Could you please help here. Why is E wrong?
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30 Jul 2019, 06:14
Why B is incorrect ?

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Why B is incorrect ?

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In the passage, the editorialist makes an argument about how the world is, but never discusses how the world should be. Maybe he/she thinks that discouraging residents from participation is appalling -- but maybe not. Perhaps he/she is an evil mastermind attempting to take over the local government, in which case secrecy and lack of resident participation is great!

Take another look at (B):
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(B) Local political business should be conducted less secretively because this would avoid discouraging resident participation in local politics.

This answer choice makes a statement about how the world should be. As discussed above, we simply do not have information to support this claim -- the passage tells us how the world is (according to the author), not how he/she believes it ought to be. This answer choice is not supported by the passage, so you can eliminate (B).

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