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.
During the recent marathon Presidential campaign, I made it clear that I simply couldn’t understand, with the constant daily barrage of information about the candidates, that many voters almost up to Election Day couldn’t make up their minds.
I never blogged about another category of voter: The waffler, the flip-flopper.
This voter changes his/her mind, back and forth about who to vote for, a lot.
Apparently, there were a lot of wafflers.
In several blogs, I have made the case that it’s best that certain people don’t vote. Why? To put it bluntly, they’re not too bright.
Ideally, fewer people, those who have actually studied and researched candidates and issues should vote. That may be a minority view, but it’s the correct view.
Kathleen Parker writes in the Washington Post about an Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) report on what our country’s citizens know about civics. Parker says the report, “finds that most Americans are too ignorant to vote.”
The findings, according to Parker, are embarrassing:
“Out of 2,500 American quiz-takers, including college students, elected officials and other randomly selected citizens, nearly 1,800 flunked a 33-question test on basic civics. In fact, elected officials scored slightly lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent compared to 49 percent. Only 0.8 percent of all test-takers scored an "A."
The ISI offers some solutions, including reading more newspapers and blogging because blogging supposedly makes you wiser.
Bottom line: the report is stunning, but not surprising.
Here’s Parker’s column.
See how you do on the quiz.
J. Gravelle of The Daily Scoff, who guest blogs for me when I’m away, was recently named to be one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s community columnists. Good for him. The distinction is well-deserved. Gravelle is intelligent, a fine writer with a wicked sense of humor.
Because Gravelle is now on a much bigger stage, his profile naturally gets greater exposure. That’s good, but with good comes the bad.
There’s already some backlash simply because Gravelle occasionally writes on my blog. It’s called guilt by association. Here in Franklin, it works like this:
Some bloggers think Franklin Alderman Steve Olson is a jerk. Yours truly happens to like and respect Olson. Therefore, well……….you figure it out. Boy, that’s some super solid logic, yesiree.
It was brought to my attention that one local blogger inexplicably decided to remove The Daily Scoff from her blogroll right about the time I allowed Gravelle to be my guest blogger for a week. Can you say, “petty?”
Oh, I bet ol’ J. is losing tons of sleep over that. Why, he’ll actually lose a whole ZERO readers.
But there’s a larger issue and the real reason I write. Conservative/libertarian J. Gravelle’s work will now be featured in the largest newspaper in the state. Those of his ilk will love his stuff, but readers rarely write in with positive feedback. So he’s about to get beat up.
Lefties will slam him every time his pieces are printed. That’s fair, of course, in our wonderful land of free speech. But Gravelle’s larger profile means he will also be subject to personal attacks and hate mail. Trust me, it’s bound to happen.
I believe Gravelle has enough thick skin that he’ll be more than equipped to handle any verbal bludgeoning. Again, good for him.
Of course, we really don’t know when we’ll see Gravelle featured in the big daily. He’s submitted one column, but it’s been rejected.
Interesting. Gravelle’s first entry gets shot down from the same paper that prints stuff like:
And then there’s always this guy who has done so much for race relations in Milwaukee.
Who knows? Gravelle might get turned down again. My guess is he’ll get over it, just like that blogroll.
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