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.
This is Jay Severin of WTKK-AM Radio:
They’re calling for his head in
The talk show host made some inflammatory on-air comments last week as the swine flu outbreak hit the world. From the Boston Globe:
“During a broadcast last week, Severin called Mexican immigrants ‘criminaliens,’ ‘leeches,’ ‘the world's lowest of primitives,’ and exporters of ‘women with mustaches and VD,’ among other incendiary comments he made as swine flu spread from Mexico to the United States and beyond.”
Severin has been suspended indefinitely. Whether he returns to WTKK remains to be seen.
Severin should get his job back. As a talk show myself, I understand what fuels Severin's feelings. However, there were dozens of other ways to express his views. Severin should have been smart enough to know that in this day and age of a double standard where conservative broadcasters are held to higher ideals, he was bound to be the target of a witch hunt.
A suspension? Fine.
A pink slip? because he was offensive? Because you don't like the guy? No way.
The answer is no.
But then, we knew this was going to happen, didn’t we?
I am not unhappy about this. We don’t need federal money with strings attached for road projects after all.
1) I strongly believe there is a liberal bias that permeates the vast majority of the mainstream media. That is not a news bulletin.
2) I very much want newspapers to survive.
The fine conservative columnist at the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby has a very interesting piece making the case that the liberal ideology thriving in newsrooms is not killing the profession.
"I am a Christian. So, I have a deep faith. I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there's an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived."
“I am a Christian. I am a devout Christian. I’ve been a member of the same church for 20 years. I pray to Jesus every night and try to go to church as much as I can. My faith is important to me. It’s not something that I try to push on other people. But it’s something that helps to guide my life and my values.”
Then prove it, Mr. President. Prove it.
Give the National Day of Prayer the full honor and respect it deserves.
President Bush’s 2008 National Day of Prayer Proclamation