To say that May is a clear sign of transition at CBS would be making one of the sharpest understatements one could possibly make. This is a month where we saw David Letterman depart after being with “The Late Show” for decades, and Sunday morning marked the departure of Bob Schieffer after more than 46 years with the network. Specifically, he has spent around 24 of those years working on “Face the Nation,” one of the highest-rated programs in its timeslot for news.
Below, you can see Bob issue his final message to viewers before retiring at the age of 78. He has clearly had an impressive career, having interviewed every President since Richard Nixon and also having spoke to almost every important political figure in Washington. He was sharp with his questions, resolute in his desire to report the news, and for the most part always kept it about his subject rather than himself. In a world where the hosts are trying to become more and more of the star, Bob is the antithesis of that.
While his exit is not generating as much fanfare as Letterman’s, it may be just as important in his field. This leaves CBS in an era of transition, especially given that there is a Presidential race coming up in 2016 that features such candidates as Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and many other notable names.
Hopefully, we will get a chance both to see and appreciate what is going to be coming up next with this franchise, and with John Dickerson in as the replacement. He has earned quite a reputation for asking tough, innovative questions.
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