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Political opinion and analysis outside the mainstream rarely are found on television talk shows, and it might be thought that this state of affairs is a product of the political agenda of the television stations themselves. In fact, television stations are driven by the same economic forces as sellers of more tangible goods. Because they must attempt to capture the largest possible share of the television audience for their shows, they air only those shows that will appeal to large numbers of people. As a result, political opinions and analyses aired on television talk shows are typically bland and innocuous.
An assumption made in the explanation offered by the author of the passage is that

A. most television viewers cannot agree on which elements of a particular opinion or analysis are most disturbing.
B. there are television viewers who might refuse to watch television talk shows that they knew would be controversial and disturbing.
C. each television viewer holds some opinion that is outside the political mainstream, but those opinions are not the same for everyone.
D. there are television shows on which economic forces have an even greater impact than they do on television talk shows.
E. the television talk shows of different stations resemble one another in most respects.
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Only E seems to be filling the logical gap. Since all different stations are airing more or less the same content , it is sane to generalize that political opinions discussed are of lesser interest to a broader audience.
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New post 24 Feb 2017, 14:22
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I am confused between B and E. Can someone explain


E is a good example of a typical trap answer, in that it seems to answer the question but does not really.

Notice what E actually says.

"the television talk shows of different stations resemble one another in most respects."

Does this really have to be true in order for the argument to work?

The author is saying that the opinions offered by television shows are in the "mainstream" and "innocuous".

However, there are to television shows many aspects other than the opinions discussed, aspects such as format, topic, and length. All of these could be different, even if the opinions offered were the same. So the shows could be different in many respects even if they were to offer the same types of opinions.

Further, the author is STATING AS FACT that the shows are bland. So the author is NOT ASSUMING anything about the content or the similarity of the shows. Rather the author is assuming things about THE REASONS for the shows' being bland and innocuous.

Now let's consider B.

"there are television viewers who might refuse to watch television talk shows that they knew would be controversial and disturbing."

To tell the truth, this question is not that tightly written. Does B really fill a gap? Perhaps.

Since none of the other answer choices work at all, let's discuss how B in a way fills a gap.

The authors conclusion is, basically, that the stations offer only bland and innocuous content in order to appeal to large numbers of people. The premise is that stations are driven by economic forces to appeal to large audiences.

There is a gap between the idea the the stations want to appeal to large audiences and the idea that therefore they offer bland and innocuous content. The author seems to be assuming that large numbers of people want bland and innocuous content.

Hence B.
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New post 25 Feb 2017, 11:32
I don't agree with the ans choice given here as correct. The stem says that - As a result, political opinions and analyses aired on television talk shows are typically bland and innocuous (means controversial) and people like to watch these shows. But option 'B' says opposite altogether. So as per my opinion B can not be the ans choice.
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arunavamunshi1988 wrote:
I don't agree with the ans choice given here as correct. The stem says that - As a result, political opinions and analyses aired on television talk shows are typically bland and innocuous (means controversial) and people like to watch these shows. But option 'B' says opposite altogether. So as per my opinion B can not be the ans choice.


Innocuous actually means - something not harmful or offensive. This is the reason why such shows are appealing to people. Had those been controversial people would have refused to watch them - the assumption.
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