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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Those Tea Party protesters you’ve seen at rallies and town hall meetings throughout 2009 and into 2010, the vast majority are decent, hard-working, tax-paying, America-loving citizens.
Are there a few questionable fringe cases? Of course there are. Leave it to the liberal New York Times NYT) to find some and then use them to paint the entire Tea Party movement as rebellious, almost to the point of being violent.
The newspaper singles out retiree Pat Stout and a few others just like her who, prior to attending her first Tea Party last April, could have cared less about politics.
Stout and people like her, according to the NYT, “are bracing for tyranny” and are “discovering a set of ideas long dismissed as the preserve of conspiracy theorists.” The movement is “an amorphous, factionalized uprising with no clear leadership and no centralized structure.”
Uncovered by the Times was one group that “aims to organize neighborhoods for possible civil strife by stockpiling food and survival gear, and forming armed neighborhood groups.” Another such group “recruits military and law enforcement officials who are asked to disobey orders the group deems unconstitutional. These include orders to conduct warrantless searches, arrest Americans as unlawful enemy combatants or force civilians into ‘any form of detention camps’.”
There are not-so-subtle intimations by the reporter that the Tea Party crowd is racist.
Of all the Tea Partiers mentioned and quoted, most of the emphasis is on 66-year old Mrs. Stout:
“Mrs. Stout said she has begun to contemplate the possibility of ‘another civil war.’ It is her deepest fear, she said. Yet she believes the stakes are that high. Basic freedoms are threatened, she said. Economic collapse, food shortages and civil unrest all seem imminent. ‘I don’t see us being the ones to start it, but I would give up my life for my country,’ Mrs. Stout said.”
It’s an incredibly biased piece that attempts to portray the entire Tea Party movement of soccer moms, dads pushing strollers, elderly in wheelchairs, veterans, and Americans who are generally fed up with increasing taxes, budget deficits, and socialism as illustrative of the few folks on the fringe they could find and get to talk on the record.
But of course, there is no liberal bias in the media, and certainly none at the venerable NY Times.