Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
You would have to be a complete fool, a locally elected liberal school board member, a Commie, or even a member of Congress if you could not comprehend that simple fact.
Recently, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois, pictured above) questioned if Freedom of the Press extended to bloggers. Constitutionally-challenged, perhaps?
To show that idiocy at times is bipartisan, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) posed the same question.
Katie Pavlich of townhall.com writes:
"It's no surprise that big government politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, are terrified of a citizen press capable of breaking big stories that hold them accountable. Yes politicians, the First Amendment does apply to bloggers, or in other words, it applies to citizens and there are millions of us."
It's not just "big government politicians." Elected officials at the local level also fear a blogosphere that shines a light on their activities the local press can't or won't cover. The bloggers provide the real transparency that, unfortunately for big tax and spenders occupying local seats interferes with their spending spree. The less the taxpaying voting public knows, the better they like it. Bloggers that spill the beans are the enemies.
Such is the case here in Franklin. At a recent school board meeting, member Debbie Larson picked an inopportune time to be petty and confrontational as she, on the record, called me out by name, referring to one of my blogs, presumably about the pay hikes the board approved across the board for school district employees, as "non-credible" and "inaccurate."
I know because I watched the video replay of the meeting online (I do that regularly with School Board and Common Council meetings). Larson's hissy fit came during the portion of the meeting when members are to make "announcements" that are typically about good experiences they want to share about the school district. There were mentions of robotics and band performances and the like. Then Larson had to break the "goodie two shoes" streak and be the party pooper that threw cold water in what was truly an awkward moment.
Larson demanded to know how yours truly could have possiby gotten what she termed "non-credible" and "inaccurate" information even though she never spelled out what I got wrong (because she couldn't). Her rant was directed at School Board President Janet Evans. Here's some credible and accurate info. Larson is still smarting, full of sour grapes, after her colleagues dumped her as president in favor of Evans.
I also submit that Larson can thank her tax and spending stars that she's still on the board only by default. Not enough folks ran in the last election, ensuring Larson would survive to tax and spend and referendum us again.
Some friendly advice to Larson and others all across our area that don't like bloggers that blog: Pay more attention to your job and being taxpayer-friendly rather than worrying about what a blogger writes.
If you can't and are so thin-skinned, then do the public a favor and please step down and let someone else handle the job.
Not everyone is going to fall in love with you and every vote you take just because you are on the school board. Someone may decide to write their constitutionally-protected views about what you do. You work for that individual if he/she lives in your district, not the other way around.
Get used to it.