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.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board has a policy that it will not endorse political candidates. In explaining the policy in October of 2012, Editorial Page Editor David Haynes wrote:
“It makes little sense to put our independence at risk during the election season. Though some of our peers across the country will disagree, the Editorial Board has decided that endorsements do put it at risk.”
Not only is Haynes in charge of the editorial page, he’s also a comedy writer.
In today’s paper there’s an editorial about the race for Milwaukee County Sheriff in advance of Tuesday’s primary. The piece states, "As is our policy, we are not recommending a candidate in this race. That's up to the voters.”
But just three paragraphs before that claim there’s a paragraph quoting from and linking to an editorial the paper ran in June totally blasting Sheriff David Clarke. Yet there’s not a single negative word printed in today's editorial about Clarke’s opponent. The editorial rips both campaigns for using “outside money," a rather strange anti-free speech position for a newspaper.
This tactic by the Editorial Board is a clever and obvious way of getting around their very own “policy.” That’s about as close an endorsement of David Clarke’s opponent without explicitly stating their preference.
It's very simple. Do you want an aggressive approach to fighting crime?