A widely sought out angle within the topic of jobs is unemployed veterans and their ability to find jobs. In advance of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, Pres. Obama utilized unemployed veterans as an example of the economy and the importance of jobs. Likewise, The New York Times, CNN, and USA Today cover topics related to veterans with jobs because many readers will consider the news and what it says about veterans.
If anything negative is said about veterans, many readers will stop reading a source. Therefore, all of the sources I considered were naturally biased towards this topic and covered the events in a positive manner. The USA Today story, “Obama, GOP Battle over help for Veterans,” states that both sides undoubtedly want to aid the veterans; however, both sides disagree as to how.
Later in the week, the U.S. Senate agrees on one aspect of the bill. However, USA Today refrains from adding any opinions because the conclusion of the debate seeks to help the veterans. CNN considers in detail what the passing vote will entail for veterans. Within that article, Senate clears vote to help veterans, contractors, CNN also provides a link to Obama’s job package so the reader may look further at what his package comprises.
Emily Bryant, a student at Colorado Christian University, examined a week’s worth of news coverage in November 2011 in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN and NPR regarding jobs legislation. The above is her take on the coverage as it addressed unemployed veterans. She wrote this for our News21 course on “Persuasion and News in the 21st Century.”