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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 a foreign country, 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 might 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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I feel like (D) though not 100% sure this time because it looks more like an assumption to me , without which the conclusion " news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information." will be useless.

Reached (D) through POE here is how -

(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. - Not mentioned anywhere the stimulus talks about arriving at an opinion after assimilating information from several divergent sources.

(B) To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs. - Nowhere is it mentioned nor can we genuinely infer the influence of the State Department.

(C) Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts. - Out of scope and goes way off track.

(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department. - Difference of opinion can always be there that is the reason the stimulus mentions " arriving at an opinion after assimilating information from several divergent sources."

(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country. - Accuracy is not the issue in this stimulus.

Hence after elimination I reach only option (D) , plz provide the OA as well as OE for this one ( This is a very good question no doubt)
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To get an inference question correct, just look for an answer that you know to be true. Choice (A) implies that the State Department’s views are always likely to diverge from other news sources, which is an extreme answer, and extreme answers are almost always incorrect. Choice (B) implies that the State Department should never be used as a news source, which is also extreme. Choice (C) is never mentioned; therefore, it is out of scope. Choice (E) is wrong because the answer is too extreme. Choice (D) is the credited answer because the argument makes it clear that the “alternative” sources of information would provide the “divergent” opinions mentioned in the first sentence.
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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 a foreign country, 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 might 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.


Very nice question .Lot of traps .
D&E are closest.
E loses out because nobody is asking about news reporting to be an "accurate description."
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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 a foreign country, 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 might 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.


We need to draw an inference here. An inference MUST be true. Incorrect answer choices offer statements that COULD / MAY be true. Moreover, the correct answer for a "must be true" question type is a statement that either (1) paraphrases the information presented in the stimulus or (2) combination of some of the information presented in the stimulus. Also, the correct answer doesn't offer any "new information".

Let's evaluate the answer choices.

A) This statement assumes that whatever information State Department offers is not correct and therefore the reporting (from a news source) is suspect. This can't be inferred from the argument. Eliminate this answer choice.

B) News media's integrity is not the concern of the argument. Out of scope.

C) Same as (A). The argument doesn't mention that the State Department usually offers inaccurate information.

D) Sounds good. This is what the argument is trying to convey indirectly. This is a strong contender. Hold it for now.

E) This statement negates the general view presented in the stimulus. What if the State Department depicts the events in a foreign country accurately? Eliminate this answer choice.


Therefore, the answer is (D).
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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 a foreign country, 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 might 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.


'divergent' is the key word here. Before coming to an opinion, informed people assimilate information from divergent sources (providing different information). News sources must find sources other than SD to report a political crisis.

Inference can be that other resources provide additional information to what SD has provided.

(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. Not necessary. Other sources will help in making correct opinion.

(B) To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs. We are concerned about why other sources should be taken into consideration.

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

(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department. Correct choice. There may be different vviews that will help reaching to an opinion.

(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country. Not necessary. What if all other views are same as of SD.
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(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. Little extreme and not directly supported ...

(B) To protect their integrity, news media should avoid the influence of State Department releases in their coverage of foreign affairs. It does not say to protect its integrity it must take other opinion ... its a thought that goes beyond what is mentioned in the passage.

(C) Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts. may or may not... what if they both share the same opinion

(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department. True as the argument just mentions to find alternative sources ... and this may or may not share the same views.

(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country. argument does not mention anything about when the report can be seen influenced or not.
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