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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.

Just write it, Journal Sentinel...it's a baby!

Presidential candidate Herman Cain was blunt this past weekend as he spoke during the annual
Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C.

“I believe life begins at conception period. No exceptions.”

In 2007, ABC’s Charles Gibson used language in a story that assuredly was pleasantly surprising to many conservatives. Newsbusters reported:

“ABC's World News led Tuesday night with an unusual spin, one favorable to conservatives: the survival of a baby born in Florida last October just 21 weeks and six days after conception, the least time ever spent in the womb by an infant who has survived (AP article). Anchor Charles Gibson teased: ‘A tiny miracle that raises big questions in the debate over abortion.’ Setting up his top story, Gibson acknowledged the impact on the abortion debate: ‘The fact that she has survived and grown to more than four pounds, and is about to go home, is a miracle, yes, but a miracle that may have an effect on the debate over abortion. And it may change what people think about life’.”

Gibson led his newscast that night by using the “b” word and not once.

"Good evening. We begin tonight with the birth of a baby -- a tiny baby. Amillia Taylor was born last October after just 21 weeks and 6 days in the womb. That, we believe, is a shorter period of gestation than any other infant that has ever survived.”

Not so easy for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where it appears there was angst over how to handle an outrageous story that involved an unborn baby.  Simple stuff, yet you can sense how conflicted it had folks at 4th and State. The original story this weekend had this headline:

Mother, her fetus dead in abduction

In the body of the story, both Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and reporter Bruce Vielmetti refer to the “baby.” The infant, according to the story, was “full-term.”

One would think that a headline writer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper would have no difficulty comprehending the baby involved in this brutal murder was a baby.
 

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