Bob Schieffer was never what I would call a star when it comes to news. He was a grunt. He was one of those guys that always seemed to have a network job, but was never the “pretty-boy”. He never had the looks, nor the talent to be great…just good enough to avoid being fired. Bob Schieffer holds (or held depending on when you read this) his final session as host of “Face The Nation” this morning (it’s on about 8:30am out here). But I have to take issue with what Schieffer said recently.
“We now don’t know where people get their news”.
Wrong. We do, Bob. And it’s not on network TV any longer. Actually, people are getting their news in several different places. Some ARE still getting it from network TV. A few are clinging to newspapers. Most have switched over to the cable news channels like Fox News, or CNN. And those folks also get their news from the ever-expanding choices available here on the internet.
So, we DO know where people turn to for news. We also know that more and more people have the ability to get the spin they want with their news. Want it conservative? Breitbart is a great place. So is Matt Drudge’s place. Want a more liberal spin? Try Huffington Post, or The Hill. You can even decide what type of news you want. Do you look forward to political news, local news, national non-political news, celebrity news? It’s all out there, and we know where folks are getting it.
We also know where they’re not getting it anymore. No more Daily Show. No more Stephen Colbert. And they’re not reading magazines either. Oh, maybe the online editions, but very few in paper. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and see how inexpensively you can subscribe to a paper-issue of your favorite magazine these days. Or newspaper. Does “Free” ring a bell? These folks are doing anything they can, including giving away subscriptions, just to keep their circulation numbers up.
And network TV is falling apart. How many times have we seen network news anchors make stupid comments, lousy decisions, and credibility shredding gaffes? How many lies did Brian Williams actually tell? You don’t think that hurts your ability to tell the news to the rest of the nation?
No Bob, the days of Walter Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley are over. They’re gone for good. The Mike Wallaces of the world have left this world…as have the Harry Reasoners. Where we get our news anymore isn’t as important as how we get our news, and THAT we get our news. That I’m afraid, will never change!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!