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.
Here are the topics to be discussed on InterCHANGE Friday night on MIlwaukee Public Television at 6:30 with a repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – TEENS & DRUGS.
The funeral will be held Friday for the 15 year old Whitefish Bay girl who apparently died from a drug overdose, just days before she was to check in for an inpatient treatment program. Such an incredibly sad story. How does a 15-year-old get to this point? Is it impossible for the non-addict to fully appreciate the pull of the addiction? Is it mind boggling that someone would give a 15 year old “recreational” narcotics? How could the 53-year-old father of the suspect help “dump” her body in a driveway? Is it unfair that the media plays this up more when it’s a pretty white girl, as opposed to a minority resident of the inner city? Or, is it just more “newsworthy” because it’s more unusual? What can a parent do to prevent this from happening?
2 – THE ECONOMY.
Citibank, once the most powerful bank in the world, today fell below a dollar a share. An auditor report released today indicates that bankruptcy for General Motors is a real possibility, unless its recover plan goes perfectly. In some cities (including Madison and Milwaukee) you can buy a stock of the newspaper company for less than it costs to buy a copy of the newspaper. Today, Channel 6 TV canceled some of its newscasts. More than one out of ten mortgage holders is either behind on their house payments or already in foreclosure. Is the worst yet to come? What will that be? Has the crummy economy had absolutely any effect on either you or your friends? Is the media making it out to be much worse than it really is?
3 – RUSH & THE GOP.
Who is the spokesperson for the Republican Party? Is it Michael Steele, the first African-American head of the Republican National Committee, or is it radio talker Rush Limbaugh? Who is more representative of the average Republican? Who is more popular? Who can better deliver the vote? Is there anything wrong with Rush saying he wants Obama to fail? Is this a plan by the Democrats to intentionally make Rush look like the head of the party, so they can portray the party faithful as hate mongers?
Rick Horowitz commentary: Rick tries to look on the bright side when it comes to our economy.
Last August while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, I delved into an extraordinary topic that I, for one, had never heard discussed on local talk radio: Why women make the, as I said numerous times on the program, incredible, inspirational decision to go through with their pregnancies after being victims of rape and incest.
After my program I also blogged about the emotional issue, attempting as I did on WISN to make my stance very clear:
“I admire women who forego abortions after being victimized, but I personally could not and would not criticize them for choosing to abort in such cases.”
My entire focus was to present the issue from the perspective of the assault victims and explain why they refuse to abort. My phone lines were flooded, and everyone who called in got on the air. I didn’t hang up on anyone. I did get agitated with some pro-lifers who misunderstood my position. Apparently, I was too honest in saying that I do have the utmost respect and admiration for the women who keep their babies, but I could understand the decision of those who choose to abort and would not criticize them for it. Never did I say the abortion was the right choice. Some pro-lifers wanted to turn this very specific discussion into a general debate on abortion whereas I wanted to keep the focus narrow.
Here’s my blog on the subject from last August.
I raise this issue because there is a story in the news out of Brazil that would make for another provocative talk radio topic. MSNBC reports:
“A Roman Catholic archbishop says the abortion of twins carried by a 9-year-old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather means excommunication for the girl's mother and her doctors. Despite the nature of the case, the church had to hold its line against abortion, Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said in an interview aired Thursday by Globo television.”
The church’s position is clear: the babies should not have been aborted. For many, this scenario does not constitute an open and shut case. Making a quick judgment would be difficult, thus making the story ideal for talk radio.
Was the bishop right? Was he wrong? Would you insist that the 9-year old have the twins? Would you, should you be critical of a decision to abort?
I do know this after my last experience on WISN. If you are 99.9999999% pro-life, that won’t be good enough for some. But a great talk radio topic? 100%
Here’s more from a Fox News blogger.
Blogger John McAdams cites a piece by Stanford University’s Terry Moe in the latest edition of the American Journal of Political Science asserting that unions are hampering the education of our young students. Moe writes:
“The unions use their power—their basic work-denial power, enhanced by their political power—to get restrictive rules written into collective bargaining contracts. And these restrictions ensure that the public schools are literally not organized to promote academic achievement.”
McAdams has more in his Marquette Warrior blog.