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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.

Originally posted by rao on 09 Sep 2008, 20:48.
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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.

Its not about integrity

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

Its not about accuracy

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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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
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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.



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.

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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]

Answer: 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 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 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.


This is a great example of GMAT questions on general topics on which people have strong viewpoints. Every option except D is an extreme viewpoint that many of us might have. But the trick is to stick to the passage and not get drawn in by our preconceived notions.
Option D is the only option that is very mild and states the mood of the passage. In inference questions the answer must state the fact that is explicitly mentioned in the passage.

The passage states "Informed people get info from divergent sources. Most popular news orgs view foreign affairs through the eyes of State. While reporting on country B orgs must try to get info from alternate sources"
This passage is not biased and doesn't take any extreme position, just plainly states the facts and proposes that news orgs must try to find alternate sources.
(A) The passage never says that reporting is suspect
(B) Never questions the integrity of the news, influenced by the State.
(C) Never says that news not influenced by State is more accurate.
(D) The passage does make a proposal to find alternate news sources in the hope that those sources might not have the same view as the State. - So correct
(E) This is out of scope as such a scenario is not mentioned anywhere in the passage.
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1. Most popular news organizations view foreign affairs solely through the eyes of our State Department.

2. In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.

WHY ALTERNATE SOURCE? BECAUSE IT MUST HAVE ALTERNATE/ DIFFERENT VIEWS......


(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department..CORRECT.
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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.


'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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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. Irrelevant, argument doesn't talk about the validity of the news from the state department.

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

(C) Reporting that is not influenced by the State Department is usually more accurate than are other accounts. Its not about accuracy, it is about coming to an opinion from varied sources.

(D) The alternative sources of information mentioned in the passage might not share the same views as the State Department.CORRECT. whats the point of mentioning divergent sources if you are getting the same information from all sources.

(E) A report cannot be seen as influenced by the State Department if it accurately depicts the events in a foreign country.It may. But state department still remains one source only.
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I went for A. If we clearly claim that "alternative sources have different opinions" then, we could infer that mirroring the view of our State Dept. is suspicious since we still need alternative views, on same extent. Still I believe that D cannot overdo A.

Originally posted by faltan on 15 Dec 2018, 07:09.
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This looks like an assumption question
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I went for A. If we clearly claim that "alternative sources have different opinions" then, we could infer that mirroring the view of our State Dept. is suspicious since we still need alternative views, on same extent. Still I believe that D cannot overdoes A.



Good point.
However, we are not told that the news from state department is to be a suspect or doubtful in anyway.
We are merely told that alternative sources should be looked at to come to an opinion. Inference would be drawn according to the conclusion in most cases.
In reporting the political crisis in foreign country B, news organizations must endeavor to find alternative sources of information.
This makes us believe that there is a high possibility of differences in the information from varied sources. Most certain out of all answer choices.


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