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
Holly and Alex Graham
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Dynel Catrece Lane
Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation—it’s a tragedy."
Dick Cheney in an interview with Playboy magazine
“The one thing that people don’t realize is that we can’t do little things like open windows. I look forward to getting in a car and rolling down the window and just letting the air hit my face. I just want some wind in my face. The windows in our house don’t open.”
Michelle Obama appearing on Ellen, referring to the White House windows that are permanently sealed
“I am going to talk about the deterioration in the quality of journalism you see on TV. I think the primary mission of journalism is to hold the powerful accountable, be they in government or corporate America. There is less and less interest in network television today holding the White House or any other part of government accountable. I fear there is a calculation that the audiences they are trying to reach don’t care that much about the serious news. I think most of the political coverage these days has all the depth of Twitter. I also worry that journalists today appear to have chosen sides when it comes to political coverage. I think you see that in the sagging approval numbers of TV news over the last few years. We’ve seen trust in the media hit its lowest level ever in 2013 or 2014 surveys and I think the lack of depth and the feeling that too many journalists have chosen sides has caused viewers to question whether we are giving it to them straight and whether we are making a politically balanced presentation.”
Former NBC reporter Lisa Myers who was in Iowa recently to give a lecture about television journalism
“I think this is what David Axelrod referred to as a pimple on the ass of progress. Eighteen months from now or 20 months from now, when people go to the polls to vote in the presidential election, I can’t imagine anyone’s going to change their vote because of this.”
Former White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer describing the Hillary Clinton email scandal while quoting his former colleague at the White House David Axelrod
“Here’s my advice to Hillary. Hillary, honey… you’re a horrible liar. As in bad, real bad. You’re also pathetic in the art of blame-shifting. So… next time, and I’m sure it’ll be soon, that you have to con the American public, use Bill. He’s a phenomenal BS artist. You know that. He can bite his bottom lip, earnestly point his thumb, shed a tear, parlay that southern drawl, bear hug an intern, bomb a Sudanese aspirin factory, buy drinks for the ‘journalists’ and then invite everyone over to Hooters for a wet T-shirt contest – and BOOM … the problem is solved.”
Conservative columnist/talk show host/author Doug Giles
“With forced membership, unions don't need to be responsive. Right-to-work states force them to be, and when they are, they thrive. Take Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents hospitality and casino workers in the Las Vegas gaming industry. It is among the nation's most powerful unions. It operates in Nevada, a right-to-work state. And yet the union is so effective that it has nearly 100% voluntary participation. Unions have important roles in fighting for better wages and working conditions. In right-to-work states, they just have to try harder to prove their worth to prospective members.”
USA TODAY Editorial Board
"First of all, it (marijuana) shouldn't be young people's biggest priority. Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana."
President Obama chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy
“From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late.”
San Francisco 49ers linebacker and former Wisconsin Badger Chris Borland announced that after one rookie season he’s retiring from the NFL, worried about head trauma
“Your 2015 NCAA tournament office pool will almost surely be won by someone in the office who has not watched a college-basketball game since…well, they have never watched a college-basketball game. They cut their cable-TV cord in 2007. They care about gardening. They own big books about spiders. Ask them to name a current college-basketball player, and they pause for a moment before saying ‘Dr. J.’ They are not picking the Kentucky Wildcats to go all the way in Indianapolis because the Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated. They are picking the Kentucky Wildcats because, you know, cats.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The EPA wants to spy on you...in the shower.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Imagine that...fewer folks want to be police officers.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
March Madness, and that's ok.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Smell like a Whopper.