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# The press reports on political campaigns these days as if

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The press reports on political campaigns these days as if they were chess games. One candidate’s campaign advisor makes a move; the other candidate’s advisor makes a countermove. The press then reports on the campaign advisors and not on the candidates. The losers in this chess game are the voters. They are deprived of the information they need to make informed decisions because the press is ignoring substantive policy issues and reporting only on the process of the campaign. It is clear that the campaign advisors should stay out of the limelight and let the press report on the most revealing positions on substantive issues the candidates have taken.

Which one of the following is an assumption upon which the argument in the passage depends?

(A) Chess is the most appropriate analogy to reporting on political campaigns.

(B) The candidates in the election are taking positions on substantive policy issues.

(C) How the press reports politics determines the substantive issues in the campaign.

(D) The voters are not paying enough attention to the election to be able to make informed decisions.

(E) There is no difference between reporting on the political process and reporting on substantive issues.

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Originally posted by nahid78 on 29 Jan 2017, 22:00.
Last edited by broall on 22 Sep 2017, 08:05, edited 1 time in total.
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29 Jan 2017, 22:01
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The press reports on political campaigns these days as
if they were chess games. One candidate’s campaign
a countermove. The press then reports on the campaign
advisors and not on the candidates. The losers in this chess
game are the voters. They are deprived of the information
they need to make informed decisions because the press is
ignoring substantive policy issues and reporting only on
the process of the campaign. It is clear that the campaign
advisors should stay out of the limelight and let the press
report on the most revealing positions on substantive
issues the candidates have taken.

Which one of the following is an assumption upon
which the argument in the passage depends?

(A) Chess is the most appropriate analogy to
reporting on political campaigns.
(B) The candidates in the election are taking
positions on substantive policy issues.
(C) How the press reports politics determines the
substantive issues in the campaign.
(D) The voters are not paying enough attention to
the election to be able to make informed
decisions.
(E) There is no difference between reporting on
the political process and reporting on
substantive issues.
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31 Jan 2017, 21:02
(B) can not be the answer. It is already stated in the argument. An assumption is an unstated evidence.

Of the lot, (D) seems close to me, although not fully correct
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01 Feb 2017, 06:07
manhasnoname wrote:
(B) can not be the answer. It is already stated in the argument. An assumption is an unstated evidence.

Of the lot, (D) seems close to me, although not fully correct

Yes, the last part ("let the press report on the most revealing positions on substantive issues the candidates have taken") clearly states the same.

The source of this question does not seem to be authentic.
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01 Feb 2017, 06:23
sayantanc2k wrote:
manhasnoname wrote:
(B) can not be the answer. It is already stated in the argument. An assumption is an unstated evidence.

Of the lot, (D) seems close to me, although not fully correct

Yes, the last part ("let the press report on the most revealing positions on substantive issues the candidates have taken") clearly states the same.

The source of this question does not seem to be authentic.

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The source is LSAT prep test. Aren't LSAT questions authentic?
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01 Feb 2017, 13:15
nahid78 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
manhasnoname wrote:
(B) can not be the answer. It is already stated in the argument. An assumption is an unstated evidence.

Of the lot, (D) seems close to me, although not fully correct

Yes, the last part ("let the press report on the most revealing positions on substantive issues the candidates have taken") clearly states the same.

The source of this question does not seem to be authentic.

Hello sayantanc2k
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The source is LSAT prep test. Aren't LSAT questions authentic?

If this is an LSAT question, then it is clear that LSAT questions are NOT authentic GMAT style questions. In GMAT you would not have the assumption stated in the passage.
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03 Feb 2017, 01:07
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the recommendation made by the argument is this -

"press should report on the the most revealing positions on substantive issues the candidates have taken."

Option A - Incorrect.
Whether chess is the most important analogy or not has no bearing on the conclusion that "press should report on the most revealing positions on substantive issues".

Option B - Correct.
Negate this.
If they do not take any positions on substantive policy issues, then there is no point to the recommendation that press should report on substantive issues.
This weakens the conclusion. Hence, correct.

Option C - Incorrect
Negate this.
"how the press reports politics does not determine substantive issues"
This has no bearing on the recommendation that press should report more on substantive issues.

Option D - Incorrect.
"The voters are not paying enough attention to the election to be able to make informed decisions." - this means that there is no point in publishing substantive policy issues.
Weakens the argument.

Option E - Incorrect.
then there is no point in reporting on substantive issues.
Even if there is a difference, the recommendation that the press should report on substantive issues still stands.
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06 Jul 2017, 07:53
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