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Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a [#permalink]
18 Nov 2008, 03:00
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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.
I recall the OA on this being B, though I don't quite agree with it.
Passage says: 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.
Answer says: (B) Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
The answer doesn't address if there's another cause for the increase of number of accidents or that publicity is at fault -
It says just saying that the number of accidents increased, because.. it did.
But what happens if - Perhaps the perception that B) happens because of the increase of publicity?
Am I thinking too much into this?
I guess every one does with one Q or the other. So dont worry about thinking much. But if you look at the stimulus, its saying there are months where the number of accidents reports spike. Assertion is they happen all the time and only some of them get reported. The biggest assertion is that reporting number increases and decreases depending on gruesomeness but the actual accident number stays the same.
B is saying there are months where the accidents increase. Directly weakens the whole argument by saying that the actual accident number does not stay the same.