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.
EVERY SUNDAY I REVIEW THE MOST COVETED EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE WEEK BY OPINION-MAKERS AS WELL AS THE MOST WIDELY-READ, THE SUNDAY “CROSSROADS” SECTION OF THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL PIECES CONTRIBUTED BY NON-JOURNAL SENTINEL WRITERS AND KEEP A RUNNING SCORE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
TODAY’S LIBERAL PIECES:
The Obama odyssey
I had the pleasure of meeting David Maraniss when he was the featured speaker at a Milwaukee Press Club event I was the master of ceremonies. I have great admiration for him and his work. He's a phenomenal writer.
Maraniss’ lengthy front page piece is a glowing look at Barack Obama’s road to the White House. Don’t get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, but the entry lacks any critical notes about the new President. Therefore, for purposes of this exercise, it gets dropped into the “L” category.
Wisconsin is missing its share
This column endorses Governor Jim Doyle’s proposed hospital tax.
Jay Bullock: To fix MPS, fix city's problems
Jay Bullock is a liberal blogger. His desire for an improved MPS system is admirable, but he trots out the same, tired old excuses for MPS's failures, refusing to affix any blame upon MPS administrators, teachers, students, and parents. It is also insulting to suggest poor children are incapable of learning because they're poor.
TODAY’S CONSERVATIVE PIECES:
Visiting author and expert on Afghan affairs, Neamat Nojumi writes a scholarly piece: Neamat Nojumi: Time for a new start on Afghanistan policy
Nojumi believes stability in Afghanistan is critical to U.S. interests. In my view, his piece cannot be labeled liberal or conservative.
TODAY: Liberal-3, Conservative-0
YEAR TO DATE: Liberal-7, Conservative-4
Regular readers know my weekly Saturday feature, Week-ends always has an OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK.
Here's an early candidate for next Saturday.
The MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel did a super job on this one.
I just stumbled across the fact that I am not the first CommunityNOW blogger to raise fairness questions about the Milwaukee Journal’s Sunday “Crossroads” section.
MequonNOW’s Warren Stumpe criticized the editorial pages in November of 2006 and then the "Crossroads" section in March of 2007.
Good for you, Warren!
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) Photos of the Week (1/18/09)
2) Mark it down, January 20, 2009
3) "Where would the U.S. be without the Bush presidency?"
4) Culinary no-no #95
5) Has MLK's dream been fulfilled?
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend:
Reasons for pro-lifers to be optimistic
"The movement refused to give up and went on to make some very impressive gains during the 1990s—gains that remain today, and should give pro-lifers plenty of hope for the future."
My “To Don’t” List for the Right
"DON’T move to Canada. DON’T say you’re going to move to Canada and then stay here. (I know it’s too late for Stephen Baldwin, but not for the rest of you.)"
The Collapse of the Left Wing Press
"The uber-liberal, Bush-hating MSNBC network ranked 31 in total day ratings for the first two weeks of January. I think that's right behind the 'Roller Derby Channel'."
Shut Up and Lead
"Barack Obama is president. Get over it, and start coming up with new ideas and counter-ideas of your own, instead of making hateful or smart-alecky remarks just to sell books or attract attention."
"President Barack Obama, immediately following his election to the Senate in 2004: 'I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years. . . . I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job, and I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. There may be some who are comfortable with doing that, but I'm not one of those people'."
Farewell Mr. President
"Bush did what he thought was right—and on the biggest issues, what was right."