FBI Director James Comey, Flickr, labeled for re-use
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton

FBI Director Comey Hiding in Plain Sight

Hillary Clinton’s top campaign officials blame FBI Director James Comey for her loss last November, citing his reckless letter sent 11 days before the election. He falsely implying Hillary was under FBI investigation, thereby tanking her poll numbers. It is widely acknowledged that after her performance in their three debate match ups, she was cruising to victory against Donald Trump. Then Comey pulled his stunt....

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Anita Finlay

22 Mar 2017
How Sexism Upended an Election and Why It Won’t Change
in Gender Equality, Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

How Sexism Upended an Election and Why It Won’t Change

Five years ago, I published Dirty Words on Clean Skin, a book exposing the sexism, coming mainly from the left, that derailed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 razor-close bid for the Presidential nomination. I wrote it as a call to action and to share a truth, the publication of which was intended to overcome chauvinist bias going forward.  The 2016 presidential election was a painful reminder of...

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Anita Finlay

09 Mar 2017
Tom Perez & Keith Ellison, Google, phots labels for re-use
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton

The Value of Perez and Ellison Leading the DNC

Does the election of a new DNC Chair matter?  Yes.  If you can see it, you can be it. Presenting diverse roll models matter, whether that role model is a women or a person of color.  And no one can fault the broad and deep qualifications of a Hillary Clinton, Tom Perez or Keith Ellison.  As a longtime admirer of the work of Melissa McEwan,...

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Anita Finlay

26 Feb 2017
Outraged Citizens at Town Halls Have Republicans Ducking for Cover
in Affordable Care Act

Outraged Citizens at Town Halls Have Republicans Ducking for Cover

Tom Cotton is just one of a list Republican Senators who for years have thrown red meat to the base by touting the repeal of “Obamacare.” It has been reported some constituents – who agreed with the hype of “repeal” – didn’t realize that “Obamacare” is actually the same policy as the Affordable Care Act upon which millions have come to depend. Now many of...

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Anita Finlay

23 Feb 2017
Gen. Mike Flynn, screen capture, ABC's The View
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Republicans

Does Flynn’s Resignation Herald More Danger or the Rescue of Our Republic?

Despite GOP leadership’s refusal to investigate Michael Flynn’s discussion of US sanctions with Russia before Trump took office, his resignation after only 23 days as National Security Advisor tells us that despite GOP denials, intelligence professionals take this threat seriously enough to leak it to us like a sieve, even as they are allegedly withholding intelligence from Trump for fear of “Russian ears” in the...

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Anita Finlay

16 Feb 2017
Elizabeth Warren, Wikipedia Commons, Google, labeled for reuse
in Hillary Clinton, Misogyny, Racism, Sexism

Yet, She Persisted. And So Must We All.

Today, when Senator Elizabeth Warren stood on the Senate floor to quote civil rights activist Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter exposing Senator Jeff Sessions’ racist past and unfitness for a Federal Judgeship, Warren was gaveled to silence by #SpecialSnowflake Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Warren relayed to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she was “red-carded” – forbidden to speak any further in reference to the confirmation...

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Anita Finlay

08 Feb 2017
What America Means
in Presidential Election

What America Means

My Dad was a holocaust survivor who lost his entire family in World War II. My mom, though a Catholic and not imprisoned in concentration camps, was almost killed twice herself during the war. When my parents met and married years after the liberation and came to America by ship, it was not with the promise of gold-paved streets, because indeed they never became wealthy...

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Anita Finlay

29 Jan 2017
LA Today, photo by John Paul Farmer
in Gender Equality

What Did the #WomensMarch Accomplish For You?

The latest count of protesters who joined the #WomensMarch yesterday stands at 4.5 million. Per Think Progress, far from this being a bunch of “coastal elites” protesting the Trump inauguration, there were “more than 500 protests in the U.S. and dozens more around the world,” and staggering numbers from “Real America”, that includes “crowds of 100,000 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, 12,000 in Omaha, Nebraska, 12,000 in...

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Anita Finlay

22 Jan 2017
Hillary Clinton/photo by Stu Collins, used by permission
in Hillary Clinton

The Women’s March Ought to Recognize Hillary, Too

This Saturday, in protest of a controversial, possibly compromised election and the inauguration of a man who made his way to the podium via demagoguery, thousands, perhaps millions, of women and supportive men will march on Washington, D.C., in cities around the country and even the world. They will march to peacefully remind of our values, diversity, equality, our civil rights and the rule of...

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Anita Finlay

19 Jan 2017
Miss Betty White
in Uncategorized

Miss Betty White Even More Amazing at 95!

When fans saw Betty White’s name trending on Twitter today, they got scared — but no need! This amazing lady is still going strong and celebrating her 95th birthday. She is a national treasure: actress, author, comedienne, animal rights activist, forever Golden Girl and someone I was privileged to meet many years ago. Join me is wishing a fabulous year to a great lady! The...

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Anita Finlay

17 Jan 2017
Run, Don’t Walk, to See Hidden Figures
in Women at the Box Office

Run, Don’t Walk, to See Hidden Figures

I will do my best not to foolishly inquire why it took so long to bring the achievements of these three amazing women of color to the screen, but you owe yourself a treat by seeing Hidden Figures. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, Hidden Figures shocks as it uplifts, placing you squarely in an America of the early sixties and letting...

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Anita Finlay

16 Jan 2017
Trump Kompromat Gets Benefit of the Doubt? Hillary Wouldn’t
in Media Bias, Presidential Election

Trump Kompromat Gets Benefit of the Doubt? Hillary Wouldn’t

Just when you thought the cesspool likely planting itself at the White House couldn’t get more unseemly or terrifying, Vox shared “CNN’s …bombshell of a story —  the heads of America’s top intelligence agencies showed President-elect Donald Trump evidence that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on him and that his campaign spoke directly with Kremlin intermediaries.” Further: “The allegations came,...

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Anita Finlay

10 Jan 2017
Maybe I Should Just Share Pictures of My Cats
in Election 2016, Media Bias, Misogyny

Maybe I Should Just Share Pictures of My Cats

Hard to know what some people wouldn’t find threatening. Write positively about the most qualified, accomplished woman in a generation – some people don’t like that. Write about why she lost an election that everyone thought she was going to win – some don’t like that either, even though, for all intents and purposes, Hillary’s political career is over. You’d think they’d be happy. Not...

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Anita Finlay

13 Dec 2016
Hillary Clinton/Photo by Jim Livesey, used by express permission
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Put the Blame for Hillary’s Loss Where It Belongs

Since Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss Tuesday night, I’ve been frozen, alternately grieving or venting in the social media jungle. Statistics that 63% of white men and 53% of white women turned their backs on Hillary (even as people of color overwhelmingly supported her) were just as frustrating as self-serving media pronouncements that Hillary was a “weak, unpopular candidate,” and that we needed a “credible populist”...

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Anita Finlay

13 Nov 2016
Hillary Takes The High Road – Cynical Media and Republican Leadership Don’t Care
in Election 2016

Hillary Takes The High Road – Cynical Media and Republican Leadership Don’t Care

In the wake of Donald Trump’s scandal exposing his lewd 2005 “hot mic” comments condoning the sexual assault of women, some in Republican leadership have finally and, in the name of self-preservation, pulled their endorsements.  Unimpressed with such pearl-clutching, Media Matter’s Oliver Willis and HuffPo’s Jeffrey Young called out a click-bait driven press corps and the Republican Party’s feigned disgust since they were well aware...

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Anita Finlay

09 Oct 2016
Hillary Faces Down the Devil and Wins — Again
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Hillary Faces Down the Devil and Wins — Again

Reviews are in and Hillary Clinton was declared the clear winner in her first Presidential debate against Donald Trump. A lot was riding on her performance last night. No one has yet been able to stop the rise of unpredictable demagogue Trump, a man so comfortable lying that it’s hard to keep track of each falsehood. But Hillary is best under pressure, when her back...

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Anita Finlay

27 Sep 2016
Taking on Corporate Media’s Well Paid Hillary-Bashers
in Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, Misogyny

Taking on Corporate Media’s Well Paid Hillary-Bashers

I am regularly asked why Andrea Mitchell still has a job at NBC. The complaint is: “She’s so biased against Hillary Clinton, she may as well be campaigning against her.  It’s all sneer, smear and innuendo.” True. But the medium is the message. TV networks pay many millions of dollars per year to pundits, dressing them in tony outfits to sit behind imposing desks in...

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Anita Finlay

22 Sep 2016
Beltway Press, You Own Matt Lauer: Trashing Him Doesn’t Absolve You
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, Sexism

Beltway Press, You Own Matt Lauer: Trashing Him Doesn’t Absolve You

Beltway press reviews are in on Matt Lauer’s abysmal performance at NBC News’ Commander-in-Chief Forum last night: Lauer was out of his depth, ill-prepared and sexist, lobbing open ended softballs at a lying, flailing, Donald Trump, never correcting him while performing a hit job on Hillary Clinton. At a forum dedicated to foreign policy, Lauer spent most of his time on – God help me...

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Anita Finlay

08 Sep 2016
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