The passage suggests that a potential benefit of mass–media coverage on court cases is that it will

avif on July 12, 2020


Where is C supported? What is wrong with D? Doesn't it seem that throughout the passage the author does not like the method used to obtain jurors?

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shunhe on July 13, 2020

Hi @avif,

Thanks for the question! So in this question, we’re asked for a potential benefit of mass-media coverage on court cases. Well, we should try to remember where in the passage it mentioned mass-media coverage, and read around it to see what kind of answer we can get. For this, we should look at the last paragraph, where we’re told that “if a jury is to be truly impartial, it must be composed of informed citizens representative of the community’s collective experience; today, this experience includes exposure to mass media” (lines 49-55). So we’re basically told here that impartial juries (which are good) need informed, representative citizens. And mass media is an important part of getting informed, representative citizens, which are in turn needed for impartial juries. And so (C) is the most suggested by the passage, that a potential benefit of mass-media coverage on court cases will strengthen the process by which juries come to decisions, since mass-media coverage will lead to more informed, representative juries which will lead to a strengthened decision-making process for juries.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.