Journalism's purpose is to inform people about matters relevant to the choices they must make. Yet, clearly, people o...

on September 4, 2018

Help!

Can I get an explanation please!

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Mehran on September 4, 2018

Hi @ddupray, thanks for your post. This is an Argument Completion question. The stimulus is structured to lead to a conclusion, but that conclusion is only partially stated in the stimulus itself ("Obviously, then, the sensationalist gossip contained in newspapers and television news programs . . . ").

OK, we need to look to the stimulus itself in order to properly complete this argument. We are first told that the purpose of journalism "is to inform people about matters relevant to the choices they might make." But then we are also told that newspapers and TV news programs often "contain sensationalistic gossip about people whom they will never meet and whose business is of little relevance to their lives."

Taking these two pieces of information together, we can choose answer choice (A), which says that the sensationalist gossip contained in newspapers and television news programs "is at least sometimes included for nonjournalistic reasons." Yes, this makes sense - because we know from the stimulus that such information does not further journalism's purpose, as that is defined in the stimulus.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional or more specific questions.