Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and in that span he covered the White House, State Department, Pentagon, Capitol Hill, anchored the “CBS Evening News,” and hosted “Face the Nation” the past 24 years.
According to CBS News, Washington has changed dramatically when he began covering the nation’s capital. Schieffer stated 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.”
Schieffer also said what he’s going to miss the most is “being in the middle of things.”
“I kind of been in the middle of things for a long time now. I’ve had access to the people who make the news, who have an impact with their actions on the rest of us in this country, and I just never got over that,” he told “CBS This Morning.” “That’s the reason why I wanted to be a reporter. I always got a big kick out of being able to go behind police lines where other people couldn’t go, talking to these people who made the news. I guess I have to say that’s the part I’m going to miss the most.”