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# The journalistic practice of fabricating remarks after an

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9. The journalistic practice of fabricating remarks after an interview and printing them within quotation marks, as if they were the intervieweeâ€™s own words, has been decried as a form of unfair misrepresentation. However, peopleâ€™s actual spoken remarks rarely convey their ideas as clearly as does a distillation of those ideas crafted, after an interview, by a skilled writer. Therefore, since this practice avoids the more serious misrepresentation that would occur if peopleâ€™s exact words were quoted but their ideas only partially expressed, it is entirely defensible.

Which one of the following is a questionable technique used in the argument?

(A) answering an exaggerated charge by undermining the personal authority of those who made that charge
(B) claiming that the prestige of a profession provides ample grounds for dismissing criticisms of that profession
(C) offering as an adequate defense of a practice an observation that discredits only one of several possible alternatives to that practice
(D) concluding that a practice is right on the grounds that it is necessary
(E) using the opponentâ€™s admission that a practice is sometimes appropriate as conclusive proof that that practice is never inappropriate
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11 May 2005, 16:34
I'd go with C - One of the possible alternatives provided, (and which is discredited) is that a "more serious misrepresentation" can occur if the words are quoted as is. Thus, the defense of the practice hinges on a possibly discredited alternative to the practice.
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16 May 2005, 05:58
The OA is C.
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