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# Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a

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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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28 Feb 2010, 05:35
hitman4683v1 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.

IMHO B

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28 Feb 2010, 14:09
plz post the OA with explanation.

i think its C.

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01 Mar 2010, 09:18
(A) The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
>> Not related.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
>> Yes. This will weaken the assertions of the airline officials.
(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.
>> Not related.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
>> This will support the assertion.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
>> Not related.

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03 Mar 2010, 00:25
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.
>>THe argument does not mention about COuntry but talks about Airline industry as a whole.
(B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
>>limits the scope of argument to a few months while as per the passage the accident can occur anytime at the beginning or at the end of the peak period.
(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.
YES >> SInce this gives us a possible reason that the Media reports even the small events. It Weakens the official's claim since the media does not know what is serious and what is not.
(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
>> THis strengthens the claim.
(E) Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
>> Out of scope. talking about the airplane flights.

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03 Mar 2010, 08:55
B for me. What is the OA?

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04 Mar 2010, 03:41
I'm guessing its B, since airline accidents occur in a peak season that could be one reason for the sudden jump in reports - and not just because the news agencies get excited by a single crash.
C is wrong because it does not give reasons as to why there is sudden jumps in reports - they may report all accidents but this does not talk of a specific time period.

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04 Mar 2010, 04:50
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05 Mar 2010, 06:02
similar reasons and I will go for B
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17 Oct 2011, 03:58
What is the source of this question? I am confused between B and C based on all above explanation.

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17 Oct 2011, 08:06
I vote for B. C seems to fault the news organizations more, thus strengthening the case for airline officials.

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13 Nov 2011, 22:13
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30 Jan 2012, 09:03
IMO D.
Airline officials: 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.

An option that will weaken the argument should say that there is an actual increase in number of accidents is CORRECT.

(D) Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so => The actual no. of accidents is more, but only those are covered which are advantageous for the news channels.

Pl. correct if I am wrong.

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30 Jan 2012, 11:01
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buddy, D is simply out of scope. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.........so this means that it is at the whims n fancies of news sources...at times they may report, at times they may not.....the statement doesn't take any side and is thus unbiased..
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30 Jan 2012, 21:13
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buddy, D is simply out of scope. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.........so this means that it is at the whims n fancies of news sources...at times they may report, at times they may not.....the statement doesn't take any side and is thus unbiased..

What you're saying is correct, at times they may or may not report.
Let us say that 100 accidents occur.
According to D, the press reports choose, say, 50 because they are interesting.
So, 50 are not even reported.
Hence, actual no. of accidents(100) is actually greater than the no. reported(50)

Conclusion: actual no. is not high, but since many news channels cover the same accidents, they SEEM high.
From the above explanation, we can see that they are actually high

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30 Jan 2012, 22:03
nikhilsamuel89 wrote:
rajeevrks27 wrote:
@ nikhilsamuel89
buddy, D is simply out of scope. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.........so this means that it is at the whims n fancies of news sources...at times they may report, at times they may not.....the statement doesn't take any side and is thus unbiased..

What you're saying is correct, at times they may or may not report.
Let us say that 100 accidents occur.
According to D, the press reports choose, say, 50 because they are interesting.
So, 50 are not even reported.
Hence, actual no. of accidents(100) is actually greater than the no. reported(50)

Conclusion: actual no. is not high, but since many news channels cover the same accidents, they SEEM high.

From the above explanation, we can see that they are actually high

Ok let's go by ur reasoning
just a addition that suppose there are ten news sources
, five of them consider that it is advantegous for them to publish the news of accidents happening in South America only, so they will focus on the news of accidents in that location only
however what if rest five think it is of advantage for them to publish the news of all accidents.
and going by the info given in option d what if out of 10 news sources,
2 news source decide to report all
3 news source decide to report only 50 % accidents or every alternate one
5 decides to report none..

now lets analyse above mentioned data
Is it affecting the conclusion anyway???
and whats stops the accidents from being advantageous to the news channels every time an accident occurs..so they could be of 100 % advantage or 50 % or no advantage
IMO this option is simply out of scope.
what's ur call buddy?
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i suppose c is weakening the officials statement
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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

The above question is already posted but i have re-posted because of some unclear doubt

i need explanation why 'C' is incorrect?

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Because C seems out of context, as we are not concerned about the guidelines news organizations follow, but we are concerned with the REASON for increase in the news coverage.

Is the reason increase in accidents or is it increase in the number of media sources?

Hope this helps.

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