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Essayist: Politicians deserve protection from a prying press

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Essayist: Politicians deserve protection from a prying press. No one wants his or her private life spread across the pages of the newspapers. Furthermore, the press’s continual focus on politicians’ private lives dissuades talented people from pursuing a career in politics and turns reporters into character cops who walk their beats looking for minute and inconsequential personality flaws in public servants. It is time to put a halt to this trivial journalism.

Each of the following, if true, strengthens the essayist’s argument EXCEPT:

(A) The press is unusually inaccurate when it reports on people’s private lives.
(B) Reporting on politicians’ private lives distracts voters from more important issues in a campaign.
(C) Much writing on politicians’ private lives consists of rumors circulated by opposing candidates.
(D) In recent elections, the best local politicians have refused to run for national office because of the intrusiveness of press coverage.
(E) Politicians’ personality flaws often ultimately affect their performance on the job.

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Essayist: Politicians deserve protection from a prying press. No one wants his or her private life spread across the pages of the newspapers. Furthermore, the press’s continual focus on politicians’ private lives dissuades talented people from pursuing a career in politics and turns reporters into character cops who walk their beats looking for minute and inconsequential personality flaws in public servants. It is time to put a halt to this trivial journalism.

Each of the following, if true, strengthens the essayist’s argument EXCEPT:

The para talks of the effect of trivial journalism on a politicians life, resulting in talented people not fighting for elections etc. It then concludes that trivial journalism should stop. We have to find what doesnot strengthen the argument

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(A) The press is unusually inaccurate when it reports on people’s private lives.

It supports the point of reporters becoming character cops who walk their beats looking for minute and inconsequential personality flaws
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(B) Reporting on politicians’ private lives distracts voters from more important issues in a campaign.

The para is about effect of such journalism on the politicians decision making and life, while this choice talks of effect on VOTERS. So really doesn't effect the argument's crux. But E is better as an answer.
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(C) Much writing on politicians’ private lives consists of rumors circulated by opposing candidates.

Same as A
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(D) In recent elections, the best local politicians have refused to run for national office because of the intrusiveness of press coverage.

Strengthens the point that talented people do not stand for elections.
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(E) Politicians’ personality flaws often ultimately affect their performance on the job.

This gives a reason to justify such journalism. So, this choice not only does not strengthen, but also weakens the argument. Therefore, a better choice than B.

Although the answer should be E, but I do not find the choice B effecting the argument as it touches upon voters and not politicians. so shift in scope.
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New post 08 Mar 2019, 09:45
IMO A .

It talks about people not politicians and the argument is about politicians.

rest all talk about politicians in some way.

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New post 08 Mar 2019, 10:10
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IMO A .

It talks about people not politicians and the argument is about politicians.

rest all talk about politicians in some way.

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Hi,

Just a point on this..

The press is unusually inaccurate when it reports on people’s private lives.... politician are part of people, so the statement effects politician.. That is politician is a subset of people.
Had the argument been about people, and the choice read 'The press is unusually inaccurate when it reports on politician’s private lives.. This would not effect the argument as people is not a subset of politician

And E does mention politicians but it mentions them in a way that the argument is weakened
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