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# The news media is often accused of being willing to do

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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.

Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.

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Originally posted by TGC on 30 Jan 2013, 19:57.
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30 Jan 2013, 21:09
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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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Try to find the conclusion.
The conclusion is: "news media is sometimes guided by moral principle".
For the conclusion to be true, the author gives some evidence that the network withheld some information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
In order to strengthen the argument, one must find that a way to show that what the news media did was endorsed by moral principle OR to show that if it had disclosed the information, its ratings would have increased.
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31 Jan 2013, 09:20
targetgmatchotu wrote:
The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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Convoluted Conclusion. But, once you find the conclusion then it is easy to find the answer.

Conclusion: news media is sometimes guided by moral principle
Option B strengthens the conclusion.
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31 Jan 2013, 15:24
Okies...Well...I'll try to explain in Detail -

Fact - A network did not reveal results.
Conclusion: News media is sometimes guided by moral principle.

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President. Ohh...so they did endorse him ! But this is not close to our question - whether ratings or morals were involved.

(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner. - Common !! The ratings would have increased if they predicted the winner. What kept them back - might be Morals Hold it for now.

(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed. - So what?? This fact doesn't lead us anywhere/ OOS.

(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race. - This is the weakener instead. If they knew that holding the results will in turn get them better ratings, definitely morals are not in picture.

(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers. - So it was the fear and not Morals. Weakener instead.

So, B looks like the best choice here. Hope this helps !!
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13 Sep 2014, 16:27
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Okies...Well...I'll try to explain in Detail -

Fact - A network did not reveal results.
Conclusion: News media is sometimes guided by moral principle.

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President. Ohh...so they did endorse him ! But this is not close to our question - whether ratings or morals were involved.

(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner. - Common !! The ratings would have increased if they predicted the winner. What kept them back - might be Morals Hold it for now.

(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed. - So what?? This fact doesn't lead us anywhere/ OOS.

(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race. - This is the weakener instead. If they knew that holding the results will in turn get them better ratings, definitely morals are not in picture.

(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers. - So it was the fear and not Morals. Weakener instead.

So, B looks like the best choice here. Hope this helps !!

But here's my question. If east coast poll said Republican leader had enough to win but network waited for west coast before saying anything, doesn't option A suggest they put accuracy of polls over own personal agenda?

Whereas in B if the network was worried about predicting the winner they would wait for both west and east coast polls to get it right?
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14 Sep 2014, 22:44
bump? This answer is torture for me, would really some input.
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15 Apr 2016, 02:39
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targetgmatchotu wrote:
The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
source:LSAT

Try to find the conclusion.
The conclusion is: "news media is sometimes guided by moral principle".
For the conclusion to be true, the author gives some evidence that the network withheld some information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
In order to strengthen the argument, one must find that a way to show that what the news media did was endorsed by moral principle OR to show that if it had disclosed the information, its ratings would have increased.

But then there is a downside too that if it didn't predict the winner correctly it will lose the ranking.
So its not guided by moral principal but simple mathematics.

I think it should be A. The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President but it still didn't use it media to further its cause. so that's morality.

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16 Apr 2016, 01:38
Marcab wrote:
targetgmatchotu wrote:
The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?
(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
source:LSAT

Try to find the conclusion.
The conclusion is: "news media is sometimes guided by moral principle".
For the conclusion to be true, the author gives some evidence that the network withheld some information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.
In order to strengthen the argument, one must find that a way to show that what the news media did was endorsed by moral principle OR to show that if it had disclosed the information, its ratings would have increased.

But then there is a downside too that if it didn't predict the winner correctly it will lose the ranking.
So its not guided by moral principal but simple mathematics.

I think it should be A. The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President but it still didn't use it media to further its cause. so that's morality.

Marcab daagh Pl help

Hey! IMO B

Let me try to explain

Conclusion: The news was guided by morals.

Now..lets pay attention to whats written in the passage
It clearly says that --> News networks are accused of driving their decisions by the ratings they receive. But one of those news networks(we'll call it N) drove its decisions by morals instead.

Paying attention to B
It says: The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.

That means there are only two outcomes

1. It predicts the correct winner and wins ratings.
2. It predicts the wrong winner and wins ratings.

The common point between the two being that the news channel HAS TO PREDICT A WINNER.
But we know from the passage that,N got to know about the winner from its sources before the results were out. Even then, N kept the information secret, thereby possibly risking its ratings.

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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.

Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.
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15 May 2017, 07:56
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The news media is often accused of being willing to do anything for ratings. However, recent action by a television network indicates that the news media is sometimes guided by moral principle. This network had discovered through polling voters on the east coast that the Republican candidate for President had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed on the west coast. However, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.

Which one of the following most strengthens the argument?

(A) The network had endorsed the Republican candidate for President.
(B) The network expected its ratings to increase if it predicted the winner of the presidential race, and to decrease if did not predict the winner.
(C) A rival network did predict a winner of the presidential race before the polls on the west coast closed.
(D) The network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race.
(E) The network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race could so anger Congress that it might enact legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers.

Our job is to strengthen the argument. What is the conclusion? It is: The news media [are] sometimes guided by moral principle.

Why? Because a specific network had discovered that the Republican candidate had garnered enough votes to ensure victory before the polls closed. Nevertheless, the network withheld this information until the polls on the west coast closed so that the information would not affect the outcome of key congressional races.

What's the assumption? The assumption is that this decision was made on moral principle rather than on self-interest or other factors. If, for example, we could show that making the announcement would have resulted in a loss of sponsors or ratings then we could argue that the real reason was self-interest.

So our job is to show that other possible reasons (money, prestige, ratings, etc.) were not a factor.

Answer choice (A) is irrelevant information. The argument is about key congressional races not about the president.
Answer choice (B) is the credited response. Since the network could have benefited by announcing the winner but it did not do so, the decision must have been guided by principle.
Answer choice (C) is irrelevant. We are not interested in other networks.
Answer choice (D) is the opposite answer. If the network believed that it would receive higher ratings by not predicting the winner of the presidential race, then the decision may well have been guided more by rational self-interest than by principle.
Answer choice (E) is also the opposite answer. If the network feared that predicting the winner of the presidential race might anger Congress enough to cause legislation preventing all future polling outside of voting centers, then the decision may well have been guided more by rational self-interest than by principle.
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