Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 58. Sunrise is 6:00 AM and sunset 7:53 PM, for 13h 45m 59s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 72% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 4 PM and the Community Development Authority meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM (subsequently canceled).
On this day in 1876, the first major league baseball game is played at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.
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KellyMeyerhofer reports UW-Madison reports nearly 1,400 COVID-related sanctions this school year:
Messages sent to UW-Madison students last fall, like “Follow public health guidelines or risk suspension,” laid out the high stakes for students weighing whether to break COVID-19 rules.
Disciplinary data show UW-Madison went to that extreme just once, suspending a single student last fall. The university sanctioned nearly 1,400 others for COVID-related public health violations so far this school year.
As the Mifflin Street Block Party slated for Saturday nears, Madison police are reminding students of rules requiring physical distancing at outdoor events and warning of potential fines. UW-Madison officials said the university will assist police in holding students accountable for any public health violations.
Tim O’Brien writes Fox News and the Murdochs Will Keep Tucker Carlson Despite Ad Boycott Over Race:
Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, asked advertisers gathered Tuesday for Global Marketer Week to press Fox Corp. to fire its resident flamethrower and ratings-magnet, Tucker Carlson.
Carlson has been trafficking in white supremacist myths recently on Fox News and his broadcasts, Greenblatt said, offer an “example of how hatred is being mainstreamed in America in 2021.” He recommended that advertisers rein in spending on Carlson’s show. “You can hold them accountable like few other actors in society because your dollars are the fuel that enables their business model.”
There is a long tradition of companies using ad budgets to strong-arm reporters, commentators and their publishers into avoiding unfavorable coverage, so invoking the power of the purse to stymie inquiries and conversations is thorny. In this particular instance, though, it’s helpful to remember who Carlson is and what he’s up to. He’s certainly not a reporter, and he’s not a commentator in any classic sense. He’s a deft propagandist and performance artist who steeps himself and his audience in bigotry, racism and “cancel culture” antics to keep the world at bay.
Does staying the course make business sense for Rupert Murdoch and his son even if they don’t have ethical qualms about it? They’ve never stopped supporting programs simply because advertisers have threatened to walk, perhaps because advertisers have found other places in the Fox empire to park their money even after abandoning hosts such as Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
Advertisers have been pulling out of Carlson’s show over the last year, and its ad revenues slid accordingly, despite boffo ratings. Carlson has no blue-chip advertisers on his show, and one of his biggest sponsors is My Pillow Inc., the company founded by a Donald Trump loyalist, Mike Lindell. But Fox’s overall ad revenues were up about 14% in its most-recent quarter, in part because of a handsome – and one-time – boost from political advertising tied to the 2020 presidential election.