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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Evaluate Revision Project.

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?

A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.

B. The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.

C. The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.

E. The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Evaluate Revision Project.

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?

A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.

B. The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.

C. The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.

E. The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.



This is an evaluate type question ; We can easily narrow down to two options A and D.

To resolve the confusion between the two choices , we should do the Variance Analysis Test (thanks to e-gmat.com).That is, the correct answer will strengthen the argument if the option is true and weaken the argument if the argument is not true i.e. falsified OR vice versa.So basically we check two extremes- STRENGTHEN AND WEAKEN.

Possible assumption- "liberal news personality = an additional conservative news program"

Conclusion-'the Network does not have a conservative bias'

Analysis of option A-

Extreme 1-The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Validates the conclusion/argument-Strengthens the conclusion of the director.

Extreme 2- The Network has NOT established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Invalidates the conclusion/argument.-Weakens the conclusion of the director.

Analysis of option D-

Extreme 1-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- So he can maintain his views.

Extreme 2-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- May be he is forced to have conservative views OR may be he is forced to maintain his liberal views.-Neither strengthens nor weakens

So option D is wrong because it fails to pass the extreme. test

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D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.

OA please..
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Even I really thought it should be (D).

OA.Is it really correct.

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Even I really thought it should be (D).

OA.Is it really correct.

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This is an evaluate type question ; We can easily narrow down to two options A and D.

To resolve the confusion between the two choices , we should do the Variance Analysis Test (thanks to e-gmat.com).That is, the correct answer will strengthen the argument if the option is true and weaken the argument if the argument is not true i.e. falsified OR vice versa.So basically we check two extremes- STRENGTHEN AND WEAKEN.

Possible assumption- "liberal news personality = an additional conservative news program"

Conclusion-'the Network does not have a conservative bias'

Analysis of option A-

Extreme 1-The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Validates the conclusion/argument-Strengthens the conclusion of the director.

Extreme 2- The Network has NOT established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Invalidates the conclusion/argument.-Weakens the conclusion of the director.

Analysis of option D-

Extreme 1-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- So he can maintain his views.

Extreme 2-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- May be he is forced to have conservative views OR may be he is forced to maintain his liberal views.-Neither strengthens nor weakens

So option D is wrong because it fails to pass the extreme. test

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I can't understand why some people chose D. A makes perfect sense that channel does not have any bias.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Evaluate Revision Project.

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?

A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.

B. The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.

C. The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.


E. The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.



A is perfect answer as per variance test.However,i had doubt about the use of word "additional" in liberal news program.Otherwise,A is perfect.
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Can anyone help understand why C is incorrect?

Positive: The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

Negative: Negative C - maybe news personality does not have an ack. liberal bias and he has more conservative approach. Won't that break the balance?

I understand A is correct. Just want to cross off rest of the answers
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Can anyone help understand why C is incorrect?

Positive: The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

Negative: Negative C - maybe news personality does not have an ack. liberal bias and he has more conservative approach. Won't that break the balance?

I understand A is correct. Just want to cross off rest of the answers

It doesn't matter from where the liberal guy came from and it's not really surprising that the liberal guy came from a channel with liberal bias. The issue is about proving that the channel doesn't have a conservative bias. It is argued that channel is balanced as in this particular instance a liberal element and a conservative element both were present. But what if this may be true only this particular time. So it may be possible that this balancing act is only true in this instance. D if true will say that this balancing act is not an outlier.

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souvik101990 wrote:
This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Evaluate Revision Project.

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?

A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.

B. The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.

C. The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.

D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.

E. The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.



This is an evaluate type question ; We can easily narrow down to two options A and D.

To resolve the confusion between the two choices , we should do the Variance Analysis Test (thanks to e-gmat.com).That is, the correct answer will strengthen the argument if the option is true and weaken the argument if the argument is not true i.e. falsified OR vice versa.So basically we check two extremes- STRENGTHEN AND WEAKEN.

Possible assumption- "liberal news personality = an additional conservative news program"

Conclusion-'the Network does not have a conservative bias'

Analysis of option A-

Extreme 1-The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Validates the conclusion/argument-Strengthens the conclusion of the director.

Extreme 2- The Network has NOT established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added- Invalidates the conclusion/argument.-Weakens the conclusion of the director.

Analysis of option D-

Extreme 1-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- So he can maintain his views.

Extreme 2-The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has felt any editorial pressure in his new environment- May be he is forced to have conservative views OR may be he is forced to maintain his liberal views.-Neither strengthens nor weakens

So option D is wrong because it fails to pass the extreme. test

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I feel that the conclusion quoted above is wrong. In my opinion, the actual conclusion is that 'the director is committed to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events' and not 'the Network does not have a conservative bias'. Therefore, from that perspective, option A is the best because it is maintaining a balance between liberal and conservative views by ensuring that everytime that there is one view that takes prominence, there is additional opposite program to counter the former. If the conclusion were actually that the network does not have a conservative bias, then option A adds no value to enhance or break the conclusion. On the contrary, it is stating that liberal program is being added for every conservative program and this, in no way, supports the conclusion on 'not having conservative bias'.
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A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.

Evaluating option (A) can answer the question of whether the the director's argument that "far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events" is valid or not.

Thus, (A) is the answer.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Evaluate Revision Project.

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?

A. The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.
Yes this one,the choice provides futher evaluation opertunity to the reader that if the opposite is aslo true,that is its stated that when liberal is added then a conservative is also added, but do they add a liberal when adding a conservative? if so then it would prove that NNN is unbiased but if it is not so then there might be more conservatives than liberals.Best option.

B. The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.what issues are being focused on is out of scope

C. The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.this does nto help to evaluate the NNN position

D. The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.well this is little far fetched option because the pressure is not quite discussed and also if we have a better choice then why pick a vague choice which is neither discussed nor supported

E. The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years. well rating is out of scope
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I could reach the correct answer by elimination but still not convinced about A showing that the channel indeed caries balanced view.
Can someone help here.
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