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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.

Read the Column the Journal Sentinel Requested, then Refused to run


MacIver Institute

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel approached the MacIver Institute via email with a request to write an OpEd column for Sunday’s newspaper.

Would you guys like to comment on the story Craig Gilbert had this morning on jobs and Walker? I’m wondering to what extent you think Walker should be help [sic ] responsible? We’d look to use the op-ed this Friday or Sunday. We’d need potentially as early as Thursday afternoon. Are you interested? Is that doable?

Thanks for considering this.

We responded that we could provide a critque, but suggested they go in a different direction if they wanted something different.

We could talk about what’s behind job creation and mention the pres and gov but if you desire a full throated politcal [sp] piece promoting the gov, perhaps u should keep looking.

…and later:

Just let me know by 5pm today, we could get you 650 words by 5pm tomorrow.

Our piece would address the following:

Job numbers-Who’s to blame? Obama? Walker? Barret?

What employers need to increase hiring?

What’s the best prescription for a robust jobs climate?

Their response?

That sounds great. I think it will dove-tail well with our editorial.

So, below is the column, which they ultimately refused to run. The paper did publish an unsolicited column by State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) on the topic. Notable, however, is that Darling’s column does not mention any criticism of the newspaper’s coverage of the issue.

So, we publish this column (and a transcript of our exchange with the JS Editor) for two reasons. One, we put the time and effort into writing the piece, setting aside some other projects to fulfill  the Journal Sentinel’s request–so we’d like to at least have this column see the light of day. Two, we’ll raise the question: Did the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spike this piece beause they cannot tolerate even the mildest form of criticism within the pages of their own paper? (Criticism, you will see, that was entirely justified.)


Read the Column the Journal Sentinel Requested, then Refused to run

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