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#5 - Chinh: Television producers should not pay attention

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Complete Question Explanation

Flaw in the Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (E)

Chinh argues that TV producers should not pay attention to what the viewing public wants to see,
just like great painters do not. Lana counters this line of reasoning by arguing that a TV producer is
more like a CEO than like an artist, and must therefore take into account viewers’ preferences. By
questioning the relevance of the comparison in Chinh’s argument, Lana suggests that Chinh offers a
faulty analogy. This prephrase agrees with answer choice (E), which is the correct answer choice.

Answer choice (A): Chinh’s argument is not circular, because his premise is not identical to his
conclusion.

Answer choice (B): Although survey-based arguments frequently rely on samples that may be
unrepresentative of the general population, Chinh’s is not a survey-based argument.

Answer choice (C): Chinh does not mistakenly ascribe intention to any action producing a described
effect. This answer choice describes an entirely different argument from the one offered by Chinh.

Answer choice (D): Chinh specifically rules out the possibility that great painters would consider the
preferences of the museum-going public. Although you are encouraged to question the relevance of
his analogy, do not question its factual veracity.

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. See explanation above.