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CBS' Schieffer talks technology, news consumption & free press

CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer was in Austin Thursday interviewing Madeleine Albright about foreign policy and diplomacy. He was also promoting his new book called, Overload: Finding Truth in Today's Deluge of News. (CBS Austin)

CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer was in Austin Thursday interviewing Madeleine Albright about foreign policy and diplomacy. Albright was the first female U.S. Secretary of State and served under President Bill Clinton.

Schieffer was also promoting his new book called, Overload: Finding Truth in Today's Deluge of News. Schieffer said he's concerned with how an information overload is affecting news consumers. He said technology is giving people instant access to information but it's also making it hard to sort out what's true and false.

"Are we wiser or are we just overwhelmed with so much information we can't process it? Basically at this point we are just overwhelmed," Schieffer said. He warns news consumers against being quick to believe information from sources they're not familiar with.

"The only news they are getting is what they get on Facebook, which is great, except what you see on Facebook is not vetted the way we do it at CBS News," Schieffer said.

Schieffer's role at CBS News has focused almost solely on politics -- he's interviewed every president since Nixon, but he said this presidency is unpredictable and unlike any he's seen before.

"More than ever it's important to have a free and unfettered press reporting on this, checking it out and then reporting to people what we find," Schieffer said.

Schieffer was at the LBJ Library and Museum for a private event with Madeline Albright. Thursday morning Albright unveiled a new exhibit explaining how her pins and brooches played an important role in foreign policy and diplomacy.

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