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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Judge John McBain
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Frazier Glenn Cross
Shanesha Taylor and her supporters
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Chris Matthews and George Will on the race card
“Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way. The BLM shut down its weeklong roundup of Bundy’s cattle last Saturday after an armed confrontation with dozens of militia members who had traveled to Southern Nevada from across the country and from neighboring states. Bundy has not paid federal grazing fees for 20 years and owes about $1 million to the government.
“I think what we should all be calling for is for calmer heads to prevail. I don’t want to see violence on either side. I don’t think calling people names is going to calm this down. I think it’s liable to stir it up. So I think all parties, including Senator Reid, should calm the rhetoric a little bit. Let’s try to have a peaceful resolution to this.”
Sen. Rand Paul reacting to the above comments made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
“It's working (Obamacare)in that it exists. It breathes. But if it's hurting the doctor, it's hurting the hospital, it's hurting the patient, it's hurting the economy, it's going to cost a fortune.
"I love the way the president says healthcare costs are reduced, as if there is any relationship between a reduction, which occurred during a recession, and a healthcare implementation, which occurs today.
"So it couldn't possibly have retroactively affected last year's numbers. I mean, he makes this stuff up with brazenness that is almost admirable.”
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer
Is it “time for Democrats to start campaigning loudly and positively on the benefits of ObamaCare? Will you lead that charge?”
Politico’s senior White House reporter Edward-Isaac Devore questioning President Obama at a news conference Thursday
“I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell. I think what the other side is doing and what the other side is offering would strip away protections from those families and from hundreds of millions of people who already had health insurance before the law passed but never knew if the insurance company could drop them when they actually needed it or women who were getting charged more just because they were a woman. I’m still puzzled why they made this their sole agenda item when it comes to our politics. It’s curious.”
President Obama’s response to the above question
“She hasn’t even announced her bid for president yet, but voters, by a margin of more than three to one, believe that an adoring media will favor Hillary Clinton over the eventual Republican presidential nominee in 2016. A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that 41 percent of all voters believe reporters will ‘try to help her.’ Only 13 percent said the media ‘try to help her Republican opponent.’ A paltry 22 percent said the media would be ‘unbiased’ in a Clinton race…”
The Washington Examiner
“Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser... In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word ‘recovery’ is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked.”
Associated Press correspondent David Espo lending some political advice to Democrats
“President Obama gave a speech in Oakdale, Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden about skill training. Last week, just thirty miles away in Murrysville, a student went on a mass stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School. Twenty people were severely injured in the incident, making it one of the worst mass stabbing events in U.S. history. But despite being close to the scene of the tragic and horrifying event, Obama failed to mention the incident during his nearly 30 minute long remarks. I have a feeling if there had been a recent tragedy that involved a gun at a school near the location of an Obama speech, we'd be hearing all about it. Apparently, 20 people being stabbed isn't politically expedient enough for the White House.”
Katie Pavlich, News Editor at Townhall.com
Neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor Dr. Ben Carson claims in his new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future” that the White House wanted him to apologize to President Obama for challenging him during his famous National Prayer Breakfast Speech in 2013. So much for “tolerant” liberals, right?
The Daily Caller was able to obtain an advance copy of Dr. Carson’s book, and relayed what the doctor wrote:
“He did not appear to be hostile or angry, but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
After his speech, Carson was urged by many conservatives to take a more prominent role in the nation’s politics. The pediatric neurosurgeon is now a contributor to Fox News and he has a swelling of support for a presidential bid in 2016.
Of course, shortly following his challenge of the president, he received his first audit from the IRS.
The Daily Caller
"Instead of talking about Jesus or faith, almost 90 percent of the network's newscast reports on Easter focus on fashion, food and to quote one host, 'drinkie-poos.'”
Fox News host Megyn Kelly discussing a new Media Research Council study on how about nine of every ten Easter references on network news are secular references to eggs, bunnies, candy, and not Jesus Christ.
“There are secular holidays here. Memorial Day, 4th of July, there are people who go to church on Memorial Day to honor the fallen, who go to church to pray for our country. That doesn't mean that this should be a religious holiday. It's a secular holiday. And you can recognize the religious nature of it. I'm just saying, these are religious holidays and they should be recognized as religious holidays. And if there is a secular spin on them, that's fine too, who cares about it?. Look at Christmas, we looked at a two-year period on Christmas and a two-year period, only 1.3 percent of the stories on Christmas ever mentioned the word God. No, it is the birth of Christ, it's not a shopping day. What is troublesome is the media seem to be going out of their way not to mention, not to recognize the religious aspect of a religious feast day. Why can't you do that? Why do only 11 percent of the stories about a religious feast, they mention that as a religious feast. Why do only 1.3 percent of the stories of Christmas mention God? It seems like they are afraid to do that.”
Brent Bozell of the Media research Council
Reading the obituary of the late WITI-TV (Channel 6) TV news anchor Carl Zimmermann, who died last week at the age of 96, I was surprised to discover that during World War II he met Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein in a Paris bar, and broadcast the liberation of Rome.
I also was struck by remarks in a speech he made before his retirement, quoted from a 1986 Mike Drew column in The Milwaukee Journal."Edward R. Murrow would not like to see journalists caught up in urgent electronic music, the glitter, the flashing lights, the coiffures on the 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts. He would question the insistence that no story exceed 90 seconds, and the aversion to talking heads, no matter whose head, and what it is saying. He would not advise going 'live' from the scene just for the sake of it. And he would question how we fail to respect a viewer's intelligence..."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV/Radio columnist Duane Dudek
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Food stamps vs. working women
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Obama lies, and people know it
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Chelsea Clinton is pregnant
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
You may kiss the bride and hold your nose