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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Bottom Line
The Evergreen Public Schools District
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I can’t explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our healthcare facilities. This is something I rarely encountered during my 38 years in uniform. I cannot defend it because it is indefensible. But I can take responsibility for it, and I do.”
Eric K. Shinseki prior to resigning Friday as secretary of veterans affairs.
“I want to reiterate, he is a very good man. I don’t just mean that he’s an accomplished man. I don’t just mean that he’s been an outstanding soldier. He’s a good person, who’s done exemplary work on our behalf.”
President Obama announcing Shineski’s resignation. Obama went out of his way to describe the former Army general as a person of integrity who presided over a bureaucracy that was overwhelmed by two long wars and an aging veteran population, and which ultimately succumbed to widespread cheating to hide its shortcomings. Obama, however, concluded that the growing calls for Shinseki's firing had become too much of a distraction had become too much of a distraction from the complicated work of fixing the troubled department.
"In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least. But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time."
President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving.
“America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will.” But “we require partners.”
President Obama speaking during the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
“Obama has slashed military funding at historic levels; he insisted that sequestration cuts come largely from the Defense Department. His Veterans Affairs is a shambles, yet he won't fire his top man, Eric Shinseki. Iraq is collapsing. Afghanistan will soon follow.
“But he routinely claims that he loves the troops.
“Do you believe him?”
Ben Shapiro, an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
In the above document, taken from the VA’s internal record system, you can see Dr. Vincent cancel an ultrasound appointment for a veteran suffering from cirrhosis. Vincent tells the doctor who submitted the original order to change the desired date—the day the provider selected for the procedure based on their diagnosis and clinical judgment—citing the facility’s patient backlog.
Veterans are supposed to be seen within 14 days of their desired date, according to VA policy.
By changing the desired date, Dr. Vincent, a VA section chief, was violating well-established scheduling rules detailed in an official VA memo from April 2010 and re-emphasized in a separate policy directive from June of that year. But forging veterans’ desired dates seems to have been widely considered a low-risk, high-reward form of cheating. Changing the dates made it seem as if patients were being seen within the prescribed 14-day window, which reflected well on the hospital and put its staff in line for bonuses.
For the veterans seeking care, however, it had no such benefits.
From an article on the Daily Beast: Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says
"America just celebrated Memorial Day. Or, as it's called for veterans at VA hospitals: “Take a Number and Wait” Day." The White House is under fire for long wait times at most VA hospitals. And the administration promised to get help quickly to all our veterans, just as soon as they get around to telling the whole truth on Benghazi."
Comedian Jodi Miller
"We need to send her back to wherever she really came from."
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico referring to his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez
“We’re not going to be shamed into it [covering the Benghazi investigation] by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something. If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker
“It certainly looks more partisan than it looks like a serious inquiry....You know, I’ll hear from Republicans that say, ‘But there are unanswered questions!’ Well, no, all the questions have been answered. There’s just some people that don’t like the answers, that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess....To sit here and investigate talking points seems to be totally missing the larger point here. It’s like investigating who cut down a tree, one tree, in a forest that’s been burned down.”
NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd
“Every media organization has investigated this to death. This animates the right-wing of the Republican Party. And I would like to point out that Ambassador [Chris] Stevens was not murdered. He died of smoke inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.”
The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift
“I say the poll is ridiculous. I mean, let’s start with that. The seven percent who identify themselves as Republicans, I’ll buy that. But only 28 percent of journalists say they’re Democrats and 50 percent say they’re independents? Impossible...I’ll bet you if you injected these people with truth serum, about 85 percent would admit that they voted for Barack Obama twice.”
Former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg, referring to a recently-released survey of 1,080 journalists conducted late last year for the School of Journalism at Indiana University
“We have got to make sure that no kid is left on his behind.”
Keith Ayoob, director of nutrition at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Rose R. Kennedy Clinic, responding to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that more than half of adolescents aged 12 to 15 are considered physically unfit. More than 600 young teenagers were tested on treadmills to measure cardiorespiratory fitness, a measure of how well the heart and lungs can move blood to supply muscles during exercise. Just half of all boys and only a third of all girls in the study met the bare minimum threshold of being called “fit.”
“Kids come home after school nowadays and don’t even leave the house. Especially teenage girls – they chat, they text, they go online. It’s really a sad state.”
Dr. Dyan Hes, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College
“I ride a bike and I never wear a helmet. In the countries where bike helmets are compulsory there has been no reduction in bike injuries whatsoever. I see lots of people in bike accidents and these flimsy little helmets don’t help. I have been cycling for 40 years and have only been knocked off once. I wear a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. I look completely mad."
Leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, claimed that cyclists who wear helmets are wasting their time. He cited evidence from the University of Bath that suggests that wearing a helmet may even put cyclists at greater risk. The research showed that drivers get around 3 inches closer to cyclists who wear helmets because they perceive them as safer.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
CIA official's name released
Many employees hit with higher health care premiums
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Sheriff David Clarke wants suspension of failed criminal justice programs
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
We need more gun laws
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Plane had an emergency landing because...
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