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
My good friend Gerard Randall
Northwestern Mutual Life
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Rachael Michelle Rapraeger
St. Mary's Institute
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People's House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.
“The administration's withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?
“The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.
“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”
House Speaker John Boehner
“Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it. So, if we’re all going to be outraged, let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in an op-ed piece in TIME about the Robert Sterling controversy
“Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!’’
New York Knicks executive and former player Larry Johnson had a decidedly different but still strong reaction to the racially insensitive remarks Clippers owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made. Johnson tweeted the above indicating he was calling for an all-African-American league complete with black ownership.
“One day I will be president of the United States of America and I will change the legislation and laws in which we Americans can make a difference in the world today. Modern day history civil rights movement.”
Robert Sterling’s girlfriend, V. Stiviano
“I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA.”
Pro basketball commissioner Adam Silver, announcing sanctions against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made to a girlfriend
“I believe that today stands as one of those great moments where sports once again transcends, where sports provides a place for fundamental change on how our country should think and act.”
Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento and a former NBA player, on sanctions against Sterling
“Basement, now! Let’s go!”
Tupelo, Miss., television meteorologist Matt Laubhan, telling the staff to take cover as a tornado bore down on WTVA studios during a weather broadcast
“I don't know where we're going to go, but we're not going to rebuild.”
Vilonia, Ark., resident Gary Seeds, amid the debris of his house, demolished by a killer tornado Sunday; he had recently finished rebuilding after a 2011 tornado
“It’s like we’re becoming the Titanic.”
Comment from a student recorded on a smart phone found in the sunken South Korean ferry
“They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful.”
Pope Francis, on 20th century popes John XXIII and John Paul II, canonized at the same time
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Benghazi e-mails show White House effort to protect Obama
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
This angle to the Sterling story
Hillary was opposed to gay marriage?
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Colorado Symphony linking up with pot industry