The Manner in Which Media’s Role has changed in Politics over Time
The article that was selected for this assignment can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/08/politics/student-loans/index.html?hpt=po_c2.
The nationally recognized news outlet, CNN, wrote the article and published it on their online forum yesterday. The purpose of the article is to draw further attention to an issue that the Republicans have brought into the national spotlight. Most college students use student loans to pay for much or all of their educational expenses. The interest rates of these loans increased as of July 1, 2013. The audience that is targeted by this article is not only current college students, but also high school students as well as parents who are looking at someday having children who will need to borrow money to go to school or adults who are considering returning to school themselves.
The bias in the article is the focus on the partisan politics that is used throughout the article. Last year there was the potential for the interest rates to double. But, since it was a presidential election year, there was political action and maneuvering done and the rates remained the same. Since there is a lame duck president in office, there is no such push to head off the increase this time.
The media has changed over the past year since there is no upcoming presidential election. The democrats are trying to take the focus off of this issue and emphasize other issues as priorities. Since this is the case, the Republicans are using this opportunity to push this issue, emphasize that the timing of last year and this year are political strategies, and trying to keep the interest rates the same or minimize the increases (Barrett).
Barrett, Deirdre Walsh and Ted. Student Loan Fight Heats Up as Congress Returns from Break. 7 July 2013. Web. 7 July 2013.