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# The director of programming at NNN, the National News

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The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?
1) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.
2) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.
3) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.
4) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.
5) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

Can someone explain that about what director is arguing in the passage?
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26 Jul 2011, 21:47
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The director is refuting the charge that NNN has a bias towards being conservative. Recently, the channel hired a liberal news personality, which should have made the channel more liberal (as it has one more person who has liberal views, as opposed to conservative). However, in response, the channel added an additional conservative news program.

To an outsider, this would seem that the channel tried to maintain its bias for being conservative by trying to neutralize the effect of one additional liberal news anchor through an additional conservative news program. This is the charge that is made against the news network.

However, the director refutes the charge by saying that the conservative news program helped to balance the effect of added liberalism in the news network through the liberal anchor - it was an attempt on the part of the news channel to help maintained a balanced perspective, not to 'make up' for the presence of more liberalism (through the new anchor) by introducing more conservatism (through the news program). In summation, the director is saying that the news network strives to provide a balanced perspective to its viewers, not to maintain a bias towards conservatism.

So in this question, the correct answer choice is (1).

1) If the news network has always established an additional liberal news program whenever a new conservative personality has joined, it shows the commitment of the network to balance out liberalism and conservatism IN THE SAME WAY as it has in the question stem. Therefore this is the right choice.
2) Even if the network airs one program focused on the opinions of its viewers, that does not make it committed to showing the balanced perspective as a whole (there could be many more program not focused on viewer opinion).
3) This is irrelevant to the argument
4) Even if the new personality has not felt any editorial pressure, we cannot comment on the situation in general.
5) Viewer rating has no relation to the new network showing a balanced perspective.
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26 Jul 2011, 22:27
A for me as well.

All other choices are either irrelevant or vaguely related.

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26 Jul 2011, 22:45
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Can someone explain that about what director is arguing in the passage?

The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a balanced perspective in interpreting current events.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s argument?
1) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional conservative news personality has been added.
2) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary issues.
3) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged liberal bias.
4) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial pressure in his new environment.
5) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

Director says the channel is not biased toward Republican party, because whenever it added a Democrat supporter in its channel, it also added a republican party supportive program. Director justifies this scenario as balanced.

A) tells the same in reverse order: When the network hired republican party supporter, it also added a democratic party supportive program.
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26 Jul 2011, 23:21
Found A to be the most relevant one , what would be most useful to check is whether conservative prg are being introduced in a shadow or support of some other thing (in this case it is the liberal prg).
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26 Jul 2011, 23:23
Ohh btw I clocked it in 1:40 , it should not have taken more than 1:20 , i was getting used to the interface , my fisrt attempt here
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28 Jul 2011, 07:39
I choose option A

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28 Jul 2011, 12:59
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The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite
charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director
acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an
additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued
that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a
balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of
information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s
argument?
A) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional
conservative news personality has been added.
b) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary
issues.
c) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged
liberal bias.
d) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial
pressure in his new environment.
e) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

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The director of programming at NNN, the National News Network, proclaimed that, despite
charges to the contrary, the Network does not have a conservative bias. The director
acknowledged that, when a liberal news personality was recently added to the Network, an
additional conservative news program was also established. However, the director argued
that far from demonstrating any bias, these actions reflect a commitment to presenting a
balanced perspective in interpreting current events. Which of the following pieces of
information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the programming director’s
argument?
A) The Network has established an additional liberal news program whenever an additional
conservative news personality has been added.
b) The Network airs a program focused largely on the opinions of its viewers on contemporary
issues.
c) The newly added liberal news personality came from a rival network with an acknowledged
liberal bias.
d) The newly added liberal news personality has indicated that he has not felt any editorial
pressure in his new environment.
e) The viewer ratings of the Network have been lower this past year than in previous years.

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I got D but clearly wrong. Would someone please explain this one?

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04 Apr 2014, 18:53
Hi can anyone explain this? It seems that A is restating the premise?

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18 Apr 2014, 09:41
Well if the network wants to show that there is no bias then it would be fair to think that the number of liberals and conservative people that currently work in the network are roughly equal. However, for this to be true we would need to infer something along the lines of answer choice A. Therefore this is the correct answer choice

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Well if the network wants to show that there is no bias then it would be fair to think that the number of liberals and conservative people that currently work in the network are roughly equal. However, for this to be true we would need to infer something along the lines of answer choice A. Therefore this is the correct answer choice

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Hii mate..
even i had selected D..however ur explanation clearly justifies option A..though,i wonder wats wrong with D..could u help me out with this ?
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29 Sep 2014, 10:10
Option D says that the liberal news personality didn't feel any pressure from editorial board. It doesn't say anything about for what the news personality was being pressurized. The pressure in the given context could be anything not necessarily to be biased.

Its out of scope in the current context.

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i choose option A. if we need to demonstrate the fairness the option must be to establish a liberal program when you employ conservative personality...

liberal emp -- conservative program
conservative emp --lib program (which is choice A)

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IMO it's A. We need to know that every time a liberal show is established each time a conservative presenter comes in. If this is the case, then the channel is indeed unbiased and is not conservative. In such a way they try to keep the balance, so A is the answer.
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12 Nov 2014, 08:52
The paragraph states that the Network added a new conservative personality to balance out the newly added liberal personality. If the Network had nothing but conservative personalities before, then this would hardly show that the Network is balanced. It would help to know the other side of that coin; that when a CONSERVATIVE personality was added, the network added a LIBERAL one for balance.

If you have all conservative anchors, adding a few liberal ones with conservative ones to balance them out doesn't say that the network does not have a bias.

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20 Mar 2016, 03:45
How is D not the correct answer?
If we look at A, it says a balance is maintained but what if they keep liberal people but pressurize them.
Isnt it more valuable to keep a few(or equal) liberal people but atleast there is no pressure from the editorial board.

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How is D not the correct answer?
If we look at A, it says a balance is maintained but what if they keep liberal people but pressurize them.
Isnt it more valuable to keep a few(or equal) liberal people but atleast there is no pressure from the editorial board.

For option D)

D)Whether the new liberal news personality has indicated that he has felt any editorial
pressure is not relevant; he might not want to admit to such pressure even if it did exist.
Moreover, the experience of one employee does not address the overall programming of the
Network.

Overall explanation :-

The director of programming argues that the addition of a conservative news program in
response to the hiring of a liberal news personality represents an institutional attempt at
balancing different perspectives, rather than any conservative bias. The evidence provided by
the director is outside of the context of any past actions on the part of the Network; it would be
of conservative or liberal news personalities in the past to determine a pattern of behavior.

(A) CORRECT. If the Network responds to the addition of a liberal news personality in the same
way that it does the addition of a conservative news personality, then the argument presented
by the director is valid. An identical response to the hiring of a personality from either side of
the political spectrum suggests that the Network does act in a fair and balanced manner, at
least in this regard.

(B) Whether the Network presents a program airing the opinions of its viewers on contemporary
issues does not indicate either a balanced approach or a conservative bias. This statement is
irrelevant.

(C) The nature of the former employer of the newly-hired liberal news personality is not
relevant in determining whether or not there is a systematic conservative bias regarding the
overall programming of the Network.

(D) Whether the new liberal news personality has indicated that he has felt any editorial
pressure is not relevant; he might not want to admit to such pressure even if it did exist.
Moreover, the experience of one employee does not address the overall programming of the
Network.

(E) That the Network has suffered from lower ratings in the past year is not relevant to
determining the bias or lack thereof of the Network, though it may explain why new
personalities and programming are being added.

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