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Method of Reasoning. The correct answer choice is (A)
The argument is that mainstream economic theory is wrong when it asserts that manufacturers simply respond to the needs and desires of consumers, because most major manufacturers manipulate and create consumer demands.
The stimulus also contains the accusation that mainstream economic theorists must have questionable motives, since they watch television. The stimulus asserted that anyone who watches television knows that manufacturers manipulate and create demand, so the implication is that economic theorists mislead people and have questionable motives.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. Whether you believed the main conclusion was that theorists are deliberately misleading people, or simply that mainstream theory is wrong, the claim that manufacturers manipulate and create demands is an initial premise that supports the conclusion.
Answer choice (B) The claim was a premise, not the conclusion, and this choice is wrong. Furthermore, claims about fact are generally supportive, not conclusions.
Answer choice (C) The claim is offered as evidence for the argument's position, so cannot be the position argued against.
Answer choice (D) The claim is evidence for the conclusion, not a potential objection against it.
Answer choice (E) "Supplementary" implies that the information would be extra, possibly unnecessary. However, the claim is central to the argument, so is neither "supplementary" nor "background."