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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 can be inferred from the passage?

(A) The candidates prefer that the press report on substantive policy issues.

(B) The press enjoys being in the limelight during political campaigns.

(C) The candidates believe political campaigning is analogous to a chess game.

(D) The reporters find it easier to report on the processes and personalities of a campaign than on substantive policy issues.

(E) Reporting on the campaign advisors is not providing all of the information the voters need in order to make informed decisions.

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Originally posted by SajjadAhmad on 31 Jul 2019, 18:42.
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SajjadAhmad wrote:
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 can be inferred from the passage?

(A) The candidates prefer that the press report on substantive policy issues.

(B) The press enjoys being in the limelight during political campaigns.

(C) The candidates believe political campaigning is analogous to a chess game.

(D) The reporters find it easier to report on the processes and personalities of a campaign than on substantive policy issues.

(E) Reporting on the campaign advisors is not providing all of the information the voters need in order to make informed decisions.


It was between B and E as the other options are irrelevant. It is nowhere mentioned that press is in the limelight, while it could be true that the argument would hold only when people give sufficient attention/importance to the press/media. This could be an assumption, but cannot be directly inferred. E is clear, not very specific, and can be clearly inferred.
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