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Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.
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09 Sep 2008, 20:57
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Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

Nope. We dont know

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

Yes, this is it. diff sources have diff opinions and views

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

We dont know.

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09 Sep 2008, 21:10
IMO D
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09 Sep 2008, 22:07
rao_1857 wrote:
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect. -> incorrect

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs. -> incorrect

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts. -> incorrect

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department. -> perfect since it says ,it needs to rely on alternate sources apart from state deppt

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country. -> accurately is not mentioned in the argument

IMO D
whats the OA??????
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09 Sep 2008, 22:31
IMO A
I see D more like assumption of the argument rather than infer..
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10 Sep 2008, 00:07
arorag wrote:
IMO A
I see D more like assumption of the argument rather than infer..

Yes, I agree. It should be A.
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10 Sep 2008, 03:28
scthakur wrote:
arorag wrote:
IMO A
I see D more like assumption of the argument rather than infer..

Yes, I agree. It should be A.

no D is not an assumption !!actually indirectly argument states that alternative sources do provide different information!!!

and As far as A is concerned no where we are saying news can be suspect or anything else

hence D is correct
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10 Sep 2008, 05:59
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rao_1857 wrote:
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

I choose D as my answer. Here's why:

A. The word "suspect" made this option not attractive. The argument didn't claim that sources from the state depart should be in suspect. The argument only claimed that there are differences in opinion between the sources...that's all. whether you suspect or not, that's YOU'RE choice, but that's not what the argument is asking people to do at least.

B. The word "integrity" made this answer choice loose it's merit. There is no mention in the argument of what the news media should do to protect their integrity. The argument only says that do expect to find differences in opinion, that's all.

C. The word "accurate" made this answer choice loose as well. The argument didn't investigate which source is more accurate. It only says that differences in opinion exist. Now which one is more accurate is a totally different scope.

D. EXACTLY

E. It implies that the State department doesn't come up with an accurate claim about foreign events. We don't know which sources is more accurate. All we know is that the state department's opinion appears to be different from other sources....which source is more accurate??? we'll you're getting into a completely different scope here.

hope this helps
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10 Sep 2008, 18:18
D looks to me as an assumption bcoz i think it is one ..

Now here as compared to other options D is more safe to choose

we cannot discount an option just because it is an assumption (when there are no better options available.)
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10 Sep 2008, 18:32
Argument: News sources view foreign affairs through State Department. In reporting country B, news sources must endeavor different sources.

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect. [Nothing in the argument that elicits suspect – eliminate it]

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs. [Integrity is not even addressed in the argument – eliminate it]

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts. [Too extreme – eliminate it]

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department. [May or may not be – Hold it]

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country. [Too extreme – eliminate it]

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10 Sep 2008, 19:04
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Thanks Guys .. OA is D
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16 Jan 2009, 04:05
Thanks for the explanations.

I chose A and got it wrong.

informative people > diff sources of info
however, popular news looks through > eyes of state department
conclusion: news must accept news from other sources.

A: source mirrors the state department - I feel this is weaken statement. If this is true, conclusion does not stand.
D: alternative sources would not share same view - this is assumption type but also another way of looking into the solution. - Answer!!
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16 Jan 2009, 14:36
late ... but it is D for me...
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17 Jan 2009, 15:35
late, but yes IMO D
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17 Jan 2009, 17:44
rao_1857 wrote:
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.
B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.
C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.
D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.
E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

Agree with D..

The passage says that "Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion". ..............................."News organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information".

D says "News organizations should not be relying on the same source of information and look for alternative sources" because "the alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department".
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17 Jan 2009, 18:43
icandy wrote:
rao_1857 wrote:
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

Nope. We dont know

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

Yes, this is it. diff sources have diff opinions and views

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

We dont know.

This is a good analysis of the question
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04 Nov 2009, 14:12
icandy wrote:
rao_1857 wrote:
Informed people generally assimilate information from several divergent sources before coming to an opinion. However, most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A. To the degree that a news source gives an account of another country that mirrors that of our State Department, that reporting is suspect.

Nope. We dont know

B. To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs.

C. Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts.

D. The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage would probably not share the same views as the State Department.

Yes, this is it. diff sources have diff opinions and views

E. A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.

We dont know.

made the mistake of choosing A. Your explanation makes it clear. thanks.
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08 Nov 2009, 10:15
Agree with D..
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02 Jun 2013, 18:22
Pretty good question. Got it wrong.
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