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# Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a

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03 Apr 2006, 22:07
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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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04 Apr 2006, 00:18
I think its B.
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04 Apr 2006, 01:59
I would choose C...
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04 Apr 2006, 01:59
I'll go for B as well. B says that airline officials fail to consider that the greater number of accidents the higher the frequency of news reported which is obviously true
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04 Apr 2006, 02:22
Going with B.
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04 Apr 2006, 04:17
I'd choose B.
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04 Apr 2006, 05:36
A.

Airline officials' assertion depends on increase in the number of reported accidents.

Only A deals with limitation of publicity and weakens the assertions.
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04 Apr 2006, 09:51
Vote for 'A'.
04 Apr 2006, 09:51
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