Bob Schieffer: Facts Matter!
Once again Bob Schieffer states what needs to be heard. From this morning’s Reliable Sources on CNN.
STELTER: How much — about the polarization point, how much blame do you put at the feet of the news media or of the Internet, of the digital age? Justice Scalia, for example, said to the “New York Magazine” a couple of years ago, he used to subscribe to “The Washington Post”, but he couldn’t take it anymore. It was too shrilly liberal so he stopped subscribing. He did read “The Washington Times” and “The Wall Street Journal”, which have conservative op-ed pages.
Do you put some of the blame or much of the blame on media athletes that have become more partisan?
SCHIEFFER: You know, I — the problem here, look, if Justice Scalia didn’t want to read “The Washington Post”, he had plenty of other things he could read.
STELTER: Yes, that’s right.
SCHIEFFER: But I think that’s one of the problems we have now. People are basing their opinion now on different sets of facts, on different data. We’re not all basing our opinions anymore on the same data.
You know, when I was growing up, you had three networks, you had a pretty good newspaper in every town, you might not agree with the editorial policy, but you generally conceded that they wouldn’t put something on a front page if they didn’t think it was factual, you didn’t think it was true.
What’s changed now as we have all this information bombarding us, some of which is totally, totally false. Recently, you know, Barack Obama is going to settle 200,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. Totally made up of whole cloth, totally without foundation.
A story not so long ago, a couple of weeks ago, that Donald Trump in 1996 told “People Magazine”, “Look, if I decide to get into politics, I’ll run as a Republican because they’re the dumbest people in the world and they believe everything they hear on FOX News.” Totally false. There was no such interview. He never said anything like that. And that’s what’s different this time, Brian. All is the totally false information that you have to kind of sort your way through to figure out what the truth really is.