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Re: The most serious flaw in television’s coverage of election campaigns [#permalink]
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For the stated question stem, a lot of discussions has been done on the thread. Hence, I will not ask for an explanation to the answer. However, I still am not convinced as to why C is a better option.

Diving a little deep, looking at the stats of answers given by test takers, C:D is 55:38%, which is just about the probability of choosing anyone right. Looks like everyone is confused between the two options and it's just a chance that someone is selecting one and not the other.

If you can help put up a proper explanation explaining the 2 options, it would be helpful to all the students preparing.

Thanks.


Heyamoljain, I'm no expert but see if this helps you.

Notice how the argument talks about the flaw of television coverage. Option D talks about publishing and distributing literature (perhaps books?) on issues and all the good stuff that we want. But does that really start to fix the flaw in the "television coverage"? Overall, yes it'd make the elections better, I am with you on that one. But you need to focus more on improving the elections coverage and choice C directly addresses this issue.

Also, the difficult verbal questions would generally have 2 close choices (which would also be evidenced by the timer stats).
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Re: The most serious flaw in television’s coverage of election campaigns [#permalink]
amoljain wrote:
Hello Expert

For the stated question stem, a lot of discussions has been done on the thread. Hence, I will not ask for an explanation to the answer. However, I still am not convinced as to why C is a better option.

Diving a little deep, looking at the stats of answers given by test takers, C:D is 55:38%, which is just about the probability of choosing anyone right. Looks like everyone is confused between the two options and it's just a chance that someone is selecting one and not the other.

If you can help put up a proper explanation explaining the 2 options, it would be helpful to all the students preparing.

Thanks.


i agree with Brian123 explanation.
My another 1 cent to the knowledge sharing.

To reform this situation, a first step might well be ( direct solution of a problem)
Problem: too much time on opinion pools
solution: give less time to these pools- C option
( You can't challenge this solution )

D. handover books etc. Even you choose D option, still there would be open questions whether your goal of reducing time can be achieved? What if this solution is not effective? What if it doesn't work there. This could be future steps for the awareness of citizens . Your goal is to reduce time for the pools. D option doesn't seem to be related at all.


C is clear winner.
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Re: The most serious flaw in television’s coverage of election campaigns [#permalink]
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amoljain wrote:
Hello Expert

For the stated question stem, a lot of discussions has been done on the thread. Hence, I will not ask for an explanation to the answer. However, I still am not convinced as to why C is a better option.

Diving a little deep, looking at the stats of answers given by test takers, C:D is 55:38%, which is just about the probability of choosing anyone right. Looks like everyone is confused between the two options and it's just a chance that someone is selecting one and not the other.

If you can help put up a proper explanation explaining the 2 options, it would be helpful to all the students preparing.

Thanks.


Hi Amol

The passage and the conclusion are about the poor role that television plays in election coverage, and not about the role that the voter plays. Please remember, our job is to select the correct conclusion as informed by the passage, and not merely a correct conclusion.

Coming back to this, informing the public about issues that television fails to address may fill a gap, but the passage wants to "reform this situation", which refers to the "flaw in television’s coverage". We do not know that voters do not obtain the information in the "literature" information from other sources, merely that they do not get it from television. Therefore, we cannot be certain that option (D) rectifies any situation, only that it may. Thus, option (C) is clearly the better option.

Hope this helps.
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