Legendary CBS News icon Bob Schieffer presented a startling fact on media evolution today: “In 2004, one out of every eight reporters lived in NY, DC or LA. Today, it’s one in five.”
This information, Schieffer explains, shows that the industry is becoming increasingly centralized in coastal, urban parts of the country, while rural regions are being ignored — which has allowed for social media to take the place of news outlets in many cases.
Schieffer, who has worked for CBS News since 1969, introduced this fact while promoting his new book — titled “Overload” — on Face the Nation with host John Dickerson. His full comments went as follows:
“We’ve never been through anything like this probably since the invention of the printing press. You know we talk about the invention of the printing press — how it improved literacy, it caused the reformation, the counter-reformation — but there was also 30 years of religious wars that followed the printing press and it took about three decades for the world to reach equilibrium. We’re at the very beginning of what’s going on now in this digital age that’s taken the place of print. It’s affected nothing more than the way we get the news.”
The news veteran went on to say that the question of media is no longer just bias coverage, but instead, just getting any news at all. Schieffer’s book on this issue was released today.
Watch above via CBS News.
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