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The increase in the number of newspaper articles exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers have become more interested in boosting circulation than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.

The argument above assumes that
A - newspaper stories exposed as fabrications are a recent phenomenon.
B - everthing a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable.
C - fact-checking is more comprehensive for minor publications than for major ones.
D - only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing intentionally fraudulent stories.
E - the publishers of newspapers are the people who decide what to print in their newspapers.

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19 Jul 2011, 19:19
I chose B. If articles that are fabricated constitute fraud in the mind of the argument's author, he must be assuming that everything a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable. Why is or is this not the correct answer?
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19 Jul 2011, 19:25
E for me. This is the most obvious assumption to make out from the Conclusion:

"publishers have become more interested in boosting circulation than in printing the truth"

B is very strong (use of "Everything").

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19 Jul 2011, 19:33
I will also pick B. i think key word is 'even' in last sentence.
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20 Jul 2011, 19:42
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20 Jul 2011, 21:20
micr0c0sm wrote:
The increase in the number of newspaper articles exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers have become more interested in boosting circulation than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.

The argument above assumes that
A - newspaper stories exposed as fabrications are a recent phenomenon.
B - everthing a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable.
C - fact-checking is more comprehensive for minor publications than for major ones.
D - only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing intentionally fraudulent stories.
E - the publishers of newspapers are the people who decide what to print in their newspapers.

I'm going with E.

B is too extreme.
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17 Aug 2011, 14:27
I will go for E
Argument says that the fabricated articles serves as a bolster and that publishers are interested in boosting circulation than in printing the truth. Despite the fact that there is staff to check those obvious fraud.

Please submit OA as well, dont keep thing hanging
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17 Aug 2011, 22:19
well I chose B..whtz d OA?
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15 Sep 2011, 06:20
I chose E. 'Everything' in B looks extreme. Also, factual 'verification' is not the arugment's intention..
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15 Sep 2011, 23:12
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E IMO
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23 Dec 2011, 23:08
Hi micr0c0sm,
First of all, I do not think the OA is debatable. The answer is crystal clear. It is in fact a very simple logic gap to be filled up. The correct answer E is absolutely correct.

For all others who are not sure about the OA, the OA is E. This question is from Kaplan Premier book. In case you are interested in the OE, here is Kaplan's OE:

There are actually many assumptions in this argument, so it's entirely possible that you made a valid prephrase even if you didn't find the answer right away. The argument basically states that because more newspaper articles are being exposed as fabrications, publishers must care more about raising circulation than printing the truth. There are two scope shifts here:
1. The author gives evidence about newspaper articles but draws a conclusion about publishers
2. The author shifts from fabrications to boosted circulation.

So if your prephrase was something like either
1. Publishers have influence over newspaper articles or
2. Fabricated articles boost circulation
then give yourself a pat on the back, because you were right. It so happens that the GMAT used (1) as the basis of the right answer - you can see that it matches with (E) quite nicely. So you may have needed the Denial Test (Negation approach) to evaluate the answer choices. Let's examine them that way.

(A) What if newspaper articles have been exposed as fake for a while? That wouldn't mean that such exposures couldn't have been on the rise lately.

(B) What if not everything a newspaper prints can be factually verifiable? Again, allowing a handful of unverified articles in a year does not mean that the number of such articles has not been on the rise.

(C) What if major publications were as good at fact-checking as minor ones? That certainly would not damage the author's argument - if anything, it would strengthen it !

(D) is very similar to (A) - newspapers could have been admitting to this behavior for a while, and that would not mean that the behavior is not on the rise.

But if we deny (E) and claim that publishers make no decisions about what is printed, then it is hardly possible to pin the blame for the fabrications on them, and the argument collapses.

The above is what Kaplan had to say about the OA and I completely agree with it. The OA is not debatable at all. E is the OA.
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26 Dec 2011, 04:54
E
It states that
Publishers are knowingly publishing fabricated stories to increase circulation.
A ) out of scope
B ) possible as what is printed in newspaper is the point being debated.
C ) not stated
D ) not stated
E ) yes as this is what is stated and what we are debating role of publisher in printing fabricated story
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10 Jun 2013, 00:27
The increase in the number of newspaper articles exposed as fabrications serves
to bolster the contention that publishers are more interested in boosting
circulation than in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to
check such obvious fraud.

The argument above assumes that

(A) newspaper stories exposed as fabrications are a recent phenomenon.
(B) everything a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable.
(C) fact checking is more comprehensive for minor publications than for
major ones.
(D) only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing intentionally
fraudulent stories.
(E) the publishers of newspapers are the people who decide what to print in
their newspapers.

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10 Jun 2013, 02:10
Bibinaz wrote:
OA is E not D.

I also agree with Bibinaz...OA should be E...not D
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10 Jun 2013, 02:16
The increase in the number of newspaper articles exposed as fabrications serves to bolster the contention that publishers are more interested in boosting circulation than
in printing the truth. Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.
The argument above assumes that

Conclusion (supports): publishers are more interested in boosting circulation than in printing truth.
Argument 1: The increase number of newspaper articles exposed as fabrication
Argument 2: Even minor publications have staffs to check such obvious fraud.

GAP: there are people to check the fraudulent article publication or to check the truth of publications. Still the newspapers are publishing fabricated articles.
WHY... THE PUBLISHERS / AUTHORITY OF NEWSPAPER publishes news as they like !!!

A. newspaper stories exposed as fabrications are a recent phenomenon. (if we assume that it is a recent phenomenon, does the assumption close the gap / reason of publishing fabricated news? NO... OUT)
B. everything a newspaper prints must be factually verifiable. (same explanation, it can not close the gap)
C. fact checking is more comprehensive for minor publications than for major ones. (... the comparison is irrelevant)
D. only recently have newspapers admitted to publishing intentionally fraudulent stories. (can not close the GAP. they admitted they published fabricated articles BUT how the articles have been published when they have stuffs to check the credibility / authenticity of news? out)
E. the publishers of newspapers are the people who decide what to print in their newspapers. (The GAP IS EXPLAINED)

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