Bob Schieffer: Our Job Is to Tell You What to Think

Bob Schieffer is retiring from CBS News but he’s continuing his career in arrogance.

I don’t despise Bob Schieffer especially. And even though I haven’t watched a news show in many years I found parts of this video somewhat endearing. But the stuff he said in response to a question at about the 4:32 mark is rather incredible.

It isn’t only notable that Bob Schieffer expressed such opinions but that CBS DC headlined them and quoted them to make sure we didn’t miss them: Bob Schieffer: ‘We Now Don’t Know Where People Get Their News’

The legendary Bob Schieffer is calling it a career Sunday as he hosts his last “Face the Nation.” […]

Washington has changed dramatically when he began covering the nation’s capital. Schieffer told “CBS This Morning” on Friday that the “revolution in communications” has turned D.C. “upside-down.”

“We now don’t know where people get their news, but what we do know is they’re bombarded with information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the information is wrong and some of it is wrong on purpose,” Schieffer said. “It is our job, I think, in mainstream journalism to try to cut through this mall of information and tell people what we think is relevant in what they need to know. That is the job of the journalist and I have to say it’s harder and harder.”

Could Bob Schieffer say more plainly that he has viewed his job and the job of his fellow workers in the mainstream news as the production of regime propaganda?

People are “bombarded with information 24 hours a day, seven days a week”? Only mainstream news can make such a claim. The alternative news that is available on the internet and on the radio is only available to those who want to look it up on the web or tune in on the radio.

It is good news that Bob Schieffer thinks the situation has changed so much. He is right. It is a “revolution,” not only in the change in technology but in the political implications.

Remember, mainstream news isn’t even that profitable. It is a gift that a few major corporations give to the establishment. They expect favors in return. Think on that when you hear Schieffer condemn the amount of money that is in politics now:

“I mean our campaigns have become, ‘I have more billionaires than you do so I’m a viable candidate.’ I don’t think that’s what the founders had in mind when they started this country,” he told “CBS This Morning.” “I don’t know where this goes, but I think something is going to have to change on that front because what we have now is people have to sign up with so many special interests before they get to Washington, that once they’re here they can’t compromise. And when you have a government and a legislative body that can’t compromise, you have what we have — a legislative body that’s in constant and total gridlock.”

Total gridlock? A government that wasn’t able to churn out new laws every month of every year?

It would be wonderful if Bob Schieffer was correct. It would almost be a utopia.