The problem with broadcast journalism today is that many anchors or reporters on political talk shows have a political axe to grind and hold up their axe for all to see. There are fewer on-the-air personalities now who will challenge an outright falsehood. And one of those few is CBS’s Bob Schieffer, a journalist from the Edward R. Murrow/Walter Cronkite school of journalism. Indeed, I have consistently maintained that CBS should have replaced Cronkite with Schieffer.

And today we see another example. It came when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noon, a former Ronald Reagan speechwriter, called New York’s new Mayor Bill De Blasio a “former Sandinista.” Schieffer wouldn’t let that assertion stand. FOOTNOTE: as someone who was in the news biz, writing for newspapers from India, Bangladesh and Spain, and later working as a staff reporter for two American daily newspapers, Schieffer here reminds me of how MOST print journalists would respond during an interview with a source: the reporter would ask (or insist) for a clarification on that assertion. And, yes, like Schieffer, many reporters I know would chime in and say what Schieffer said with a polite smile.

You don’t see this as much on TV these days. Watch Schieffer in all of his great, old-school journalism glory:

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Leave a replyComments (7)
  1. dduck January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I like BS and he caught her, as well he should.

  2. dduck January 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The NYT did a better job than PN:

  3. Marsman January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I am sure that Mr. DeBlasio will make mistakes, maybe even grave ones. But so far, he has been in office for about ten minutes. Let’s wait and start the grousing after he missteps. Doing it now sounds like whining and devalues any future responsible opposition to him.
    You are not helping the cause, Ms. Noonan.

  4. dduck January 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    MM, and the NYT, “not helping the cause”? What cause?

  5. Kevin Purcell January 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This was an excellent exchange of ideas by the panel. Thanks for linking.

  6. sheknows January 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Marsman, LOL, it won’t devalue any future “responsible” opposition to him by already labeling him now as “suspect”. I guess that is the “cause” being referred to. Hey… It worked to undermine Obama.

  7. dduck January 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Friggin NYT.