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The format of network television news programs generally allows advocates of a point of view only 30 seconds to convey their message. Consequently, regular watchers become accustomed to thinking of issues in terms only of slogans and catch phrases, and so the expectation of careful discussion of public issues gradually disappears from their awareness. The format of newspaper stories, on the other hand, leads readers to pursue details of stories headed by the most important facts and so has the opposite effect on regular readers—that of maintaining the expectation of careful discussion of public issues. Therefore, in contrast to regular newspaper reading, regular watching of network television news programs increases the tendency to think of public issues in oversimplified terms.

The argument assumes which one of the following?


(A) Viewers of network television news programs would be interested in seeing advocates of opposing views present their positions at length.

(B) Since it is not possible to present striking images that would symbolize events for viewers, and since images hold sway over words in television, television must oversimplify.

(C) It is not possible for television to present public issues in a way that allows for the nuanced presentation of diverse views and a good‑faith interchange between advocates
of opposing views.

(D) In network television news reports, it is not usual for a reporter to offer additional factual evidence and background information to develop a story in which opposing views are presented briefly by their advocates.

(E) Television news reporters introduce more of their own biases into news stories than do newspaper reporters.

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It fills the gap between premise and conclusion and must be true.

Premise : The format of network television news programs generally allows advocates of a point of view only 30 seconds to convey their message.

Assumption: In network television news reports, it is not usual for a reporter to offer additional factual evidence and background information to develop a story in which opposing views are presented briefly by their advocates.

Conclusion: Regular watching of network television news programs increases the tendency to think of public issues in oversimplified terms.
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The format of network television news programs generally allows advocates of a point of view only 30 seconds to convey their message. Consequently, regular watchers become accustomed to thinking of issues in terms only of slogans and catch phrases, and so the expectation of careful discussion of public issues gradually disappears from their awareness. The format of newspaper stories, on the other hand, leads readers to pursue details of stories headed by the most important facts and so has the opposite effect on regular readers—that of maintaining the expectation of careful discussion of public issues. Therefore, in contrast to regular newspaper reading, regular watching of network television news programs increases the tendency to think of public issues in oversimplified terms.

The argument assumes which one of the following?


(A) Viewers of network television news programs would be interested in seeing advocates of opposing views present their positions at length.

(B) Since it is not possible to present striking images that would symbolize events for viewers, and since images hold sway over words in television, television must oversimplify.

(C) It is not possible for television to present public issues in a way that allows for the nuanced presentation of diverse views and a good‑faith interchange between advocates
of opposing views.

(D) In network television news reports, it is not usual for a reporter to offer additional factual evidence and background information to develop a story in which opposing views are presented briefly by their advocates.

(E) Television news reporters introduce more of their own biases into news stories than do newspaper reporters.


(A) Viewers of network television news programs would be interested in seeing advocates of opposing views present their positions at length.
- Incorrect. This is irrelevant because the interest of viewers doesn't matter here
(B) Since it is not possible to present striking images that would symbolize events for viewers, and since images hold sway over words in television, television must oversimplify.
- Incorrect. This is not stated anywhere in the argument
(C) It is not possible for television to present public issues in a way that allows for the nuanced presentation of diverse views and a good‑faith interchange between advocates
of opposing views.
- Incorrect. It is possible but they don't allow it - "News programs generally allows advocates of a point of view only 30 seconds to convey their message"
(D) In network television news reports, it is not usual for a reporter to offer additional factual evidence and background information to develop a story in which opposing views are presented briefly by their advocates.
- Correct. This has to be the assumption. If all the evidence and background is provided then this won't be oversimplified.
(E) Television news reporters introduce more of their own biases into news stories than do newspaper reporters.
- Incorrect. This is no were stated in the argument. Out of scope

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