Bob Schieffer On Navigating News ‘Overload’

boston.cbslocal.com | 10/11/2017 | Staff
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BOSTON (CBS) – Navigating the many sources of news isn’t easy…even for “news junkies.” We’ve never had more options.

But with podcasts, websites, social media and traditional sources of news, are we smarter and better-informed? Or are we simply overwhelmed?

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That’s one of the questions veteran CBS newsman, Bob Schieffer poses in his new book “Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News.”

At appearances at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University and at the Harvard Coop, Schieffer talked about the process of writing the book.

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He interviewed 40 journalists about the revolution in technology that, Schieffer maintains, represents as profound a change as the invention of the printing press in its time.

In a wide-ranging interview with WBZ’S Lisa Hughes, Schieffer described the nonstop nature of news as a “fire hose.”

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His best advice for news consumers? “Buyer beware. Always base your opinions on more than one source,” he says. “Nobody can be well-informed if they rely only on one source of news.”

Traditional news sources—newspapers and newscasts—he says are held to a high standard. Some digital-native sites (the Texas Tribune, for example) do, too. If those news organizations can’t confirm the information, they won’t run it.

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And he says that’s not always the case on social media.

He points to Russian hackers who broke into websites and intentionally posted false ads and information as an example.

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“They may not have been FOR Donald Trump. But they were for sowing discord and confusion and raising questions about the information people were getting.”

Schieffer gives President Trump credit for knowing how to use television to communicate a message and for using Twitter in a way that removes a “filter” between the...
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