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All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has

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All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has said. Therefore, if the press agent told every reporter everything about the accident, then no reporter knows any more about it than any other reporter. If no reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter, then no reporter can scoop all of the other reporters. However, the press agent did not tell every reporter everything about the accident. It follows that some reporter can scoop all of the other reporters.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument fails to recognize that which one of the following is consistent with the facts the argument presents?

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter.

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter.

C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters.

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledgeable reporter.

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter

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Re: All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has  [#permalink]

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All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has said. Therefore, if the press agent told every reporter everything about the accident, then no reporter knows any more about it than any other reporter. If no reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter, then no reporter can scoop all of the other reporters. However, the press agent did not tell every reporter everything about the accident. It follows that some reporter can scoop all of the other reporters.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument fails to recognize that which one of the following is consistent with the facts the argument presents?

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter.

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter.

C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters.

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledgeable reporter.

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter


IMO E.
Lets try to understand the logic behind the argument.
1.Press agent tells everything to all reporters.
2.No reporter knows any more than any other reporter.
3.So, no reporter can scoop.

Now, the author says that 'press agent did not tell everything to all reporters' and hence some reporters can scoop. We can see that how the author varied statement 1 and directly altered the result in the statement 3 without mentioning any changes in the statement 2. So, the logic is flawed in the sense that the statement 2 still holds true whether the author tells everything to all reporters. This is what option E says and hence is the correct answer.
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Re: All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has  [#permalink]

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All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has said. Therefore, if the press agent told every reporter everything about the accident, then no reporter knows any more about it than any other reporter. If no reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter, then no reporter can scoop all of the other reporters. However, the press agent did not tell every reporter everything about the accident. It follows that some reporter can scoop all of the other reporters.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument fails to recognize that which one of the following is consistent with the facts the argument presents?

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter.

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter.

C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters.

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledgeable reporter.

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter




The answer is E. This is a tricky one, so we will go the Alternative route and use the answers.

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter. we already knew this

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter. sure, he does not need
to - but he definitely can! this is no good


C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters. we already knew this was a possibility, and it only strengthens the reasoning, not point out a flaw

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledgeable reporter. this is possible if he tells that reporter everything - but we know he didn't - inconsistent!

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter [color=#0000ff]1) consistent - he told all the reporters the same amount, but not everything, 2) it means no one can scoop everyone - our answer! [/color][/quote]
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