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# Political advocacy groups have begun to use information

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypasstraditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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19 Jan 2009, 16:11
I picked E because the assumption is "information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents." but that doesn't mean the public is aware of this or even interested in complexities of political issues.

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypasstraditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.

Clear C to me.

Apply the negation test and the conclusion falls apart

Conclusion is IS provides balanced view when compared with the TNS

Take C and negate. Info from IS comes from groups that share bias. Conclusion falls apart.

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19 Jan 2009, 22:07
Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypasstraditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.

Agree that LSAT question is so subtle.
E says about the people getting information, rather than about the people (traditional sources) delivering information to the public. Keep in mind that the argument makes a dis-preference over the traditional views sources. So E out of scope

D is the best
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20 Jan 2009, 00:34
IMO C.

Good explaination by Icandy.

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20 Jan 2009, 01:58
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clearly C.................

the last sentence of the argument itself states that "information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents"....

now if we have a look at option C then it holds that since the information on poilitcal issues does not come entirely from advocay group that share a single bias so therfore the information services presents a more realistic and balanced picture of the complexities of political issues .

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20 Jan 2009, 19:20
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Premise:-

Political advocacy group ( group of people who speaks good about politics and politicians) have started some kind of information system (website etc) which can be only accessible through computers unlike the old medium of information medium such as newspaper or TV, political magazines etc.The group will be able to disseminate the information/views directly to the general public and the author believes that the public will be able to get a balanced / unbiased information of the complex political issues via this website.

At an initial level one can think of an assumption - whether everyone is accessible to use this info, i.e computer is available to everyone to access these info?But that is not mentioned in the premise and not the prime concern , because the author thinks that computer is accessible to almost a major part of the population.
which is mentioned in (A) which is incorrect

Now, traditional medium of information are usually unbiased because those are NOT Created or disseminated by the people involved in POLITICAL ADVOCACY and give info in a balanced way.
What does it means?
It means that, when people involved in political advocacy create information , there will be a chance that they might bias the info in favor of them.
(C) says that :-
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
so one can think of a balanced information which is unbiased.
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26 Jul 2012, 22:38
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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Good Q...
According to me (C) is correct because if information on political issues disseminated through information services WERE almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias, then you COULD NOT claim that information services present a more balanced picture of political issues than traditional news sources
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Passage is making an argument that
"information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents"

This claim will be possible only when we believe that traditional news source doesnt present a balanced picture. My analogy follows as

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. Passage doesnt argue over the reach of information services
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases. This is against the argument and it still relies on traditional sources only
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias. This might be true but doesnt provide a base for the argument which says " a balanced picture will be provided by information services"
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately. Correct
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.Argument doesnt say whether people can identify the bias or not

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

Firstly we need to understand the argument.
Evidence:- It says that the political advocacy groups have started using info services to spread info because traditional sources reporting is selective,
Conclusion:- Information system presents a balanced picture of political issues.

The green part justifies the use of info services by the political advocacy groups.
The point of this argument is that there should not be info from one source. There we get our assumption for using info services.

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. irrelevant cause percentage
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.understanding of political issue? irrelevant
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias. Correct
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.the groups were not having a prob wid the accuracy of traditional sources but that they were selective
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.irrelevant

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
The argument is that information services can provide the public with a more balanced view of political issues, unlike traditional sources that present biased political views.
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. Accessibility is out of scope.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.This would actually take away from the need for information services.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.If information services provides a perspective that is just as biased as that of traditional sources, the argument falls apart.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately. Accuracy isn't in question.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources. If they can readily identify biases there's no need for information services.
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Here are my two cents
Tough one.
Premise 1: information service help people bypass the newspaper to present the information in public.
Premise 2: newspaper is selective
Conclusion: information service provide a more balanced view

Assumption Question Type, so negation method can be helpful
At first glance, i am confused between C and D:
Let us negate D and we get a sentence: Traditional news sources report the views of political advocacy groups accurately
Does this necessarily weaken the argument? Maybe a little.
Let us negate C: Information on political issues disseminated through information services come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
It exactly weakens the argument.

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