In this episode, Matt and Justin welcome Lead Anchor of Eyewitness News, Brad Byrd, to the show. Before speaking with Brad, Justin and Matt discuss the recent Evansville Podcast Network award, the IU coaching change, the new ambassador to Russia, and Ben Carson’s thoughts on immigration.
In their talk with Mr. Byrd, Brad touches on his history of being in the area, starting, why he hasn’t left, the changing landscape of news in the area – multitasking is an issue, the importance of being first vs being right. “fake news” having been around for a while, tell the truth, asking the right questions, and get it right, fake comments added to fake stories, the problem with customizing our news sources, fake vs inaccurate news and the role of satire, the fact that journalists don’t have a license – his conscience being his license, covering the 2016 election and how mainstream journalists got it wrong, the polling data was there for that last week, showing the weakness for Clinton’s bid, being a headline society, if there is anything with which the 2016 election compares, the importance of attribution, not taking sides but asking tough questions to everyone, recommendations to read some history books, his advice to new journalists.
You can watch Brad on Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. on WEHT Local and 9 p.m. on Local 7 WTVW.