QUESTION TYPE: Principle – Strengthen
CONCLUSION: The investigators claimed that the journalists were also to blame, along with the director.
REASONING: The director admitted they lied about the charity’s finances. Yet the journalists inflated the charity’s reputation by repeating as fact the numbers the director gave them.
ANALYSIS: We need some principle that tell us journalists must do more than simply repeat facts.
Most of the wrong answers apply to the director’s actions. We’re trying to blame the journalists.
- This would apply to the director. We’re trying to blame the journalists.
- The journalists did not knowingly aid the director. They just didn’t try very hard.
- CORRECT. The journalists did present the story as factual and they didn’t try very hard to see if the story was true.
- This would apply to the director. The journalists didn’t lie.
- This also applies to the director.
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