The Shame in White Male Savior Syndrome
in Media Bias, Misogyny

The Shame in White Male Savior Syndrome

Shame on every man from NBC’s Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Vox’s Ezra Klein, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former FBI Director Jim Comey, to Steve Schmidt to Senator Bernie Sanders and yes, even, Senator John McCain.  Every single one did nothing but bash Hillary Clinton, working to tank her poll numbers and depress her voters in the run-up to the 2016 election. All are...

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Anita Finlay

10 Jun 2018
Stop Pretending There’s a Liberal Media Bias
in Media Bias, Women in Politics

Stop Pretending There’s a Liberal Media Bias

Beware anyone trying to tell you that there is a liberal media bias on major news programs. On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s Jake Tapper featured none other than the cantankerous, ego-driven and relatively unaccomplished Senator Bernie Sanders. He beats up more DEMS than GOP and has been nicer to Trump than he was to Hillary.  Sanders will be 79 in 2020 is talking...

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Anita Finlay

14 May 2018
The Truth about Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondence Dinner Roast
in Media Bias

The Truth about Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondence Dinner Roast

Press Corps’ hand-wringing over comedienne Michelle Wolf’s “caustic” performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night misses the point.  Wolf aimed a harsh spotlight at their failures as journalists.  Instead of daily contesting the lies of the Trump Administration – and that of Press Secretary Sanders – many anchors and pundits instead opt for access, normalizing an administration that glorifies the worst in us,...

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Anita Finlay

30 Apr 2018
Women Candidates Are Stronger When They Fight Sexism
in Media Bias, Sexism

Women Candidates Are Stronger When They Fight Sexism

In Jonathan Chait’s New York Intelligencer article cautioning women “not to play the victim card” when running as 2020 presidential candidates, doesn’t he see that a man telling a woman how she should present herself to the American people is in itself sexist? Why does he get to instruct her?  What white male has ever had to deal with gender issues on the national stage? ...

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Anita Finlay

23 Apr 2018
FBI Director James Comey, Flickr, labeled for re-use
in Election 2016, Misogyny

Comey’s Ego

It never ceases to amaze the lengths to which reporters, pundits, even voters will go to defend or excuse what former FBI Director Jim Comey did to help Trump realize the *presidency*.  His self-serving explanations, designed to resurrect his reputation just in time for his book tour, offered in his 60 Minutes and ABC’s 20/20 interviews ring hollow.  Comey found it acceptable to break protocol...

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Anita Finlay

16 Apr 2018
Go Away, Bernie. Finally, Go Away.
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Go Away, Bernie. Finally, Go Away.

Politico’s headline “Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference” is enough to make me upchuck. Yes, Russian bots did help your campaign, Bernie Sanders, and you knew it and did nothing.  But you still want to blame Hillary Clinton to deflect from your egotistical, guilt-ridden spoiler behavior, hoping those naïve enough not to know any better will buy it.  No chance. Politico’s Edward-Isaac  Dovere does...

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Anita Finlay

21 Feb 2018
Hillary Clinton versus a Conscience-Free Media
in Hillary Clinton, Misogyny

Hillary Clinton versus a Conscience-Free Media

Jeffrey Toobin coming out two years too late to say he “regrets his role” in working to take Hillary Clinton down with “false equivalence” is like perpetrators of the Salem Witch Trials saying they regret burning innocent women at the stake after they are already dead. WaPo has the story: So long as President Trump continues disgracing the Oval Office, thoughtful people will probe their own...

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Anita Finlay

29 Jan 2018
No, Judge Aquilina Wasn’t “Mean” Sentencing Larry Nassar
in Misogyny, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized

No, Judge Aquilina Wasn’t “Mean” Sentencing Larry Nassar

If you find it preposterous that a sitting female Judge is getting backlash for making a speech admonishing serial pedophile “Dr.” Larry Nassar while sentencing him, join the club. Have any of the guys on social media who called Judge Rosemarie Aquilina “mean” for telling Nassar off ever heard a male Judge speechify from the bench? Ever been in a courtroom?  It would be odd...

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Anita Finlay

25 Jan 2018
The New York Times’ Devastating Effect on the Election
in Hillary Clinton, Misogyny, New York Times

The New York Times’ Devastating Effect on the Election

With Senator Dianne Feinstein’s choice to make public the full transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Trump-Russia connection becomes more evident, and criminal wrongdoing more likely.  As a result, The New York Times is getting grief on social media for “screwing up” via their false above-the-fold headline that “FBI sees no connection between Russia and Trump” in...

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Anita Finlay

11 Jan 2018
TYT's Cenk Uygur and Sec'y Hillary Clinton (photos labeled for reuse)
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bar, Misogyny, Sexism

Misogynists Shape the Narratives that Keep Women from Power

The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uyger are the two latest “journalists” to be hoist on the petard of their own misogyny. As has been pointed out elsewhere, if you want to know why Hillary Clinton got such crap coverage in 2016, and in 2008 for that matter, you need look no further than the men who shape the “news”...

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Anita Finlay

22 Dec 2017
Hillary Clinton, Susan Sarandon, files labeled for reuse
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Misogyny

How Long Must We Pay the Price for Ideologues?

Having gone silent in disgust watching the deflections of a Hillary-bashing media, I now raise my head to see a platform still offered to the reckless, rich Susan Sarandon to continue her anti-Hillary screeds.  Pundits and anchors denying culpability for Clinton’s election “loss” even while egging on misogyny and smear against her from factions left and right, foreign and domestic, are supposed to be better...

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Anita Finlay

28 Nov 2017
Hillary Clinton as interviewed by Joy Reid on MSNBC
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Hillary Clinton and What Happened – Why It Matters To All Of Us

Hillary Clinton’s moving account of What Happened in the 2016 election offers extraordinary insight into a woman’s journey at the highest level of politics and rings the alarm about what’s at stake for America in our current divided climate. While it’s heartbreaking to read Clinton’s comprehensive vision for our country, knowing what we lost, we will never overcome the double standards powerful women face in...

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Anita Finlay

24 Sep 2017
Hillary, Don’t Apologize
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton

Hillary, Don’t Apologize

Hillary, don’t you dare apologize. You ran a fierce campaign centering people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, families and immigrants – all of whom are woefully underrepresented in government …and on Sunday talk shows.  You didn’t let us down. America let you down.  From the launch of your first campaign video, you showcased the best of us, of all stripe, striving together in...

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Anita Finlay

10 Sep 2017
Media’s Hillary-Hate and Trump-Coddling Were Weapons To Silence Women
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, New York Times

Media’s Hillary-Hate and Trump-Coddling Were Weapons To Silence Women

Shell shocked after seven months of Trump’s presidency, appalled in particular at his equivocating remarks defending racists after the disgrace of Charlottesville, we still struggle to understand how we got here. Roxane Gay’s NYT op-ed Hate That Doesn’t Hide states what so many of us feel: “Angry white men holding tiki torches and shouting their throats raw chanting “blood and soil,” spittle hanging from their...

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Anita Finlay

21 Aug 2017
Kamala Harris Gets Hillary’d
in Sexism, Women in Politics

Kamala Harris Gets Hillary’d

When speaking of Hillary Clinton, anyone who ever bought or sold the line: “I’d vote for any woman just not THAT woman” can now put that twaddle in the dustbin where it belongs. This week, we saw accomplished career prosecutor, former California AG, US Senator and Democratic rising star Kamala Harris shushed by several of her male colleagues when questioning both AG Jeff Sessions and...

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Anita Finlay

17 Jun 2017
Why Wonder Woman Matters
in Women at the Box Office

Why Wonder Woman Matters

Wonder Woman shattered box office records this weekend, grossing $223 million worldwide and becoming the largest box office opening for a female director — ever.  Actress Gal Gadot is phenomenal in the title role, capturing Wonder Woman’s strength, charm and utter lack of guile.  Director Patty Jenkins offers up the most successful DC comic outing to date, telling a clear, wholesome, moving and inspiring story...

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Anita Finlay

04 Jun 2017
Joe Biden is Wrong to Disparage Hillary Clinton
in Election 2016, Gender Equality, Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden is Wrong to Disparage Hillary Clinton

Asking that we “get over it” when Joe Biden insults Hillary Clinton is a knife that cuts both ways.  Given that we’re in the middle of Constitutional crisis via the Trump *Presidency*, why is former VP Biden given a pass to join the pile-on by disparaging Hillary Clinton? Why are we humoring him instead of firmly telling this #olderwhitemale to “get over it” and let...

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Anita Finlay

21 May 2017
#TheResistance, Hillary and Onward Together
in Hillary Clinton, Sexism

#TheResistance, Hillary and Onward Together

If the speed with which the #TrumpRussia investigation snowballs is in inverse proportion to the disaster the Trump White House can inflict upon our nation, it will only be due to #TheResistance movement.  Many polls report that women account for 80% of #TheResistance with Washington Post noting: “The women’s march was the largest protest in U.S. history.” Women are used to spearheading (and doing a...

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Anita Finlay

18 May 2017
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