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# Many people read the 'National Daily' with the feeling that

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Many people read the 'National Daily' with the feeling that it is a standard newspaper that provides authentic news and uses good language. The 'Local News' claims that the 'National Daily' is owned by an out-of-town business syndicate that couldn't care less about local news or the people of the city. It claims that the 'Local News' is the real voice of the people of the city.

Which of the following most directly refutes the argument of the 'Local News'?

A-Nearly 40 percent of the readers of 'Local news' reside outside the city limits.

B-The 'Local News' usually devotes more of its pages to out-of-city news than does the 'National Daily'.

C-The 'National Daily' has been published in the city for a longer time than has the 'Local News'.

D-The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more.

E-Over half of the advertising revenues of the 'Local News' comes from firms whose head quarters are located outside the city.
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09 Feb 2014, 13:38
Dear prateekbhatt,

I can't understand why "D. The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more" refutes that the Local News is not a real voice of the people of the city. What if Local News Editor and other staff are living in the city for 20+ years ?

I think that B is the correct answer, cause if Local News devotes more pages to out-of-city news than the National Daily, it means that National Daily is more city oriented News provider and the argument is refuted.

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24 Mar 2014, 00:32
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Dear prateekbhatt,

I can't understand why "D. The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more" refutes that the Local News is not a real voice of the people of the city. What if Local News Editor and other staff are living in the city for 20+ years ?

I think that B is the correct answer, cause if Local News devotes more pages to out-of-city news than the National Daily, it means that National Daily is more city oriented News provider and the argument is refuted.

Papua

Hi Papua,

IMO D is correct.

I hope you have already eliminated A, C and E and are left with B and D options. Here is what I think:

B: Let us say the both news paper have 20 pages each and both cover out-of-city news. As given in B, Local News devotes 2 pages on out-of-city news and National Daily devotes 3 pages on the same. However, National Daily devotes 10 pages from the remaining 17 pages on city news and other 7 on some kind of advertisements. In comparison, Local News devotes only 8 pages on city news and other 10 on advertisements. This will falsify their argument that they represent the voice of city people better.

D: The main argument that Local News uses is that the owner of National Daily cares less about the local news as he is not staying in the city. Option D refutes this argument directly by mentioning the people concerned and responsible for the National Daily news coverage (editor-in-chief and other staff members) are very well a member of the city and will care to cover the local news and that owner of National Daily is just the source of funding for this newspaper.

I hope this makes sense.

Kindly let me know if you still think B is better.
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18 Jul 2014, 10:49
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Never seen a worse OA..

Why is the editors local background a more important factor than the news a newspaper covers..
Also we donot know anything about the editor of the National Daily

How we define care for a city..dubious question with equally dubious answer choices
Moderators please mark it is a Debatable OA..
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21 Jul 2014, 03:35
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papua wrote:
Dear prateekbhatt,

I can't understand why "D. The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more" refutes that the Local News is not a real voice of the people of the city. What if Local News Editor and other staff are living in the city for 20+ years ?

I think that B is the correct answer, cause if Local News devotes more pages to out-of-city news than the National Daily, it means that National Daily is more city oriented News provider and the argument is refuted.

Papua

Hi Papua,

IMO D is correct.

I hope you have already eliminated A, C and E and are left with B and D options. Here is what I think:

B: Let us say the both news paper have 20 pages each and both cover out-of-city news. As given in B, Local News devotes 2 pages on out-of-city news and National Daily devotes 3 pages on the same. However, National Daily devotes 10 pages from the remaining 17 pages on city news and other 7 on some kind of advertisements. In comparison, Local News devotes only 8 pages on city news and other 10 on advertisements. This will falsify their argument that they represent the voice of city people better.

D: The main argument that Local News uses is that the owner of National Daily cares less about the local news as he is not staying in the city. Option D refutes this argument directly by mentioning the people concerned and responsible for the National Daily news coverage (editor-in-chief and other staff members) are very well a member of the city and will care to cover the local news and that owner of National Daily is just the source of funding for this newspaper.

I hope this makes sense.

Kindly let me know if you still think B is better.

So by your logic there should not be any dictators, because dictators live in the same country and it is in their best interest to have a free society.
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17 Sep 2014, 07:06
I think the key here is real voice of the people of the city.

The fact that the editors live in the city (answer D) best refutes the argument that they're not the "real voice of the people of the city".
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26 Sep 2014, 06:41
I think the answer should be D only .As the argument supposes that if the an individual is from out of town he would case less about the local news, thereby cannot be the real voice of people.

D attacks the premise more accurately by stating that workers of National Daily have been in the town for long time.

where as
B only states the proportion of outside news in local > that of National
but there can be a case where both have same number of pages of outside news.

I hope i cleared some doubt.
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16 May 2015, 05:05
prateekbhatt wrote:
Many people read the 'National Daily' with the feeling that it is a standard newspaper that provides authentic news and uses good language. The 'Local News' claims that the 'National Daily' is owned by an out-of-town business syndicate that couldn't care less about local news or the people of the city. It claims that the 'Local News' is the real voice of the people of the city.

Which of the following most directly refutes the argument of the 'Local News'?

A-Nearly 40 percent of the readers of 'Local news' reside outside the city limits.

B-The 'Local News' usually devotes more of its pages to out-of-city news than does the 'National Daily'.

C-The 'National Daily' has been published in the city for a longer time than has the 'Local News'.

D-The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more.

E-Over half of the advertising revenues of the 'Local News' comes from firms whose head quarters are located outside the city.

I think OA is not appropriate.
It assumes that a person who earlier lived in the city still cares about the people.
I think B is more appropriate .Thoughts please!.
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10 Jul 2015, 12:08
Poor Quality Question. What is the source of this question?
I doubt that such type of questions where the OAs are so personal and can be interpreted in many ways will appear on the GMAT.
GMAT has a reputation of presenting Questions with crisp answer choices.
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20 Jan 2017, 03:43
I am not able to understand that why D is better than B. E-gmat, or any other expert, please explain.
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20 Jan 2017, 09:26
prateekbhatt wrote:
Many people read the 'National Daily' with the feeling that it is a standard newspaper that provides authentic news and uses good language. The 'Local News' claims that the 'National Daily' is owned by an out-of-town business syndicate that couldn't care less about local news or the people of the city. It claims that the 'Local News' is the real voice of the people of the city.

Which of the following most directly refutes the argument of the 'Local News'?

A-Nearly 40 percent of the readers of 'Local news' reside outside the city limits.

B-The 'Local News' usually devotes more of its pages to out-of-city news than does the 'National Daily'.

C-The 'National Daily' has been published in the city for a longer time than has the 'Local News'.

D-The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more.

E-Over half of the advertising revenues of the 'Local News' comes from firms whose head quarters are located outside the city.

Both B and D have some flaws...
By POE ,B looks more apt than D
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21 Jan 2017, 22:06
I am not able to understand that why D is better than B. E-gmat, or any other expert, please explain.

Premise: "National Daily" is owned by an out-of-town entity that does not care for local news.
Conclusion: "National Daily" is not as good as "Local news" in reporting local news.

The correct option should attack the link between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Option B directly attacks the conclusion, but it does not have anything to do with the argument, i.e, the link between the premise and the conclusion. On the other hand option D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion. Hence D is better than E.

Frequently a trap such as this one (that attacks only the conclusion directly rather than attacking the link between premise and conclusion) is given as one of the choices.
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23 Jan 2017, 02:02
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I am not able to understand that why D is better than B. E-gmat, or any other expert, please explain.

Premise: "National Daily" is owned by an out-of-town entity that does not care for local news.
Conclusion: "National Daily" is not as good as "Local news" in reporting local news.

The correct option should attack the link between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Option B directly attacks the conclusion, but it does not have anything to do with the argument, i.e, the link between the premise and the conclusion. On the other hand option D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion. Hence D is better than E.

Frequently a trap such as this one (that attacks only the conclusion directly rather than attacking the link between premise and conclusion) is given as one of the choices.

IMHO Duration of stay can't be a solid support. What if 10 years is considered as short period in newspaper business in that region?
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23 Jan 2017, 03:21
Sachinrpat wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
I am not able to understand that why D is better than B. E-gmat, or any other expert, please explain.

Premise: "National Daily" is owned by an out-of-town entity that does not care for local news.
Conclusion: "National Daily" is not as good as "Local news" in reporting local news.

The correct option should attack the link between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Option B directly attacks the conclusion, but it does not have anything to do with the argument, i.e, the link between the premise and the conclusion. On the other hand option D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion. Hence D is better than E.

Frequently a trap such as this one (that attacks only the conclusion directly rather than attacking the link between premise and conclusion) is given as one of the choices.

IMHO Duration of stay can't be a solid support. What if 10 years is considered as short period in newspaper business in that region?

For strengthening / weakening questions, a "must be true" scenario need not be satisfied - a "could be" scenario is sufficient to qualify an answer as correct. Option D presents a new fact that COULD make the conclusion wrong (if 10 years is long enough). Hence it is a valid weakening statement.
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23 Jan 2017, 13:02
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Never seen a worse OA..

Why is the editors local background a more important factor than the news a newspaper covers..
Also we donot know anything about the editor of the National Daily

How we define care for a city..dubious question with equally dubious answer choices
Moderators please mark it is a Debatable OA..

I guess the ans is correct here. I also initially fell for the trap. Here, in conclusion ''Local News' is the real voice of the people of the city' does not want to prove that whether 'Local News' is publishing more local news or not. But it tries to justify, whatever local news the 'Local News' publishes, those are more authentic than 'National Daily'. And we need to weaken that. In premise, it is said against 'National Daily' that 'the 'National Daily' is owned by an out-of-town business syndicate that couldn't care less about local news or the people of the city'. So here author assumes that out of town business syndicate means inauthentic news. But what if the members actually responsible for publishing are all local, then the news is less likely to be inauthentic. That is what option D says -

D-The editor-in-chief and all the other members of the editorial staff of the 'National Daily' have lived and worked in the city for ten years or more.

I hope this helps.
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