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Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accident, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

(A) The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
(C) News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe or how close an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

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02 Sep 2011, 22:33
IMO - B

For a moment I thought about E.
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03 Sep 2011, 02:02
Can someone please explain this for me? thanks
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03 Sep 2011, 02:49
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accident, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

(A) The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
B weakens the official's assertion that the increase in the number of reported airline accidents is caused by increase in the number of news sources and not beacuse of real airline accidents. This statement properly identifies that media reports the increase in number of airline accidents (perhaps, accidents that take place during peak times)
(C) News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe or how close an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

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04 Sep 2011, 10:14
IMO B
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Fluke the key here is the sentence "it <the reporting> may last for a few months" .

In plain terms the argument says that when a major accident happens, everybody is following it, and the media takes advantage of this and tries to sensationalize any subsequent plane accident (however minor) for the next couple of months, until the breaking- news fever for plane accidents among the general public dies down.

to weaken this, we will have to show that the media plays it fair and does not sensationalize plane accident news.

B states that these accidents actually happen in a window of a couple of months (peak season) and the rest of the months are all quiet. Therefore the media cannot be blamed for covering the news for a couple of months only.

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04 Sep 2011, 10:45
B,

i eliminated other 4 choices easily...bt not sure why it is B
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08 Sep 2011, 18:02
bholakc wrote:
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accident, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

(A) The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
(C) News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe or how close an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

B. If airline accidents tend to occur far more during certain few months then it is possible that increase in number of mishaps reported spikes during that period.

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29 Sep 2011, 22:12
bholakc wrote:
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accident, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

(A) The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
(C) News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe or how close an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

My choice is D.

airplane-accidents-cr-86116.html is the same question.

See my opinion there.

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** thanks for this!

viks4gmat wrote:
Fluke the key here is the sentence "it <the reporting> may last for a few months" .

In plain terms the argument says that when a major accident happens, everybody is following it, and the media takes advantage of this and tries to sensationalize any subsequent plane accident (however minor) for the next couple of months, until the breaking- news fever for plane accidents among the general public dies down.

to weaken this, we will have to show that the media plays it fair and does not sensationalize plane accident news.

B states that these accidents actually happen in a window of a couple of months (peak season) and the rest of the months are all quiet. Therefore the media cannot be blamed for covering the news for a couple of months only.

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05 Oct 2011, 08:00
B, because it gives another reason why there is the seasonal increase in the reported incidents.

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