The Case for Biden/Harris and #VoteBlue2020
in Affordable Care Act, Election 2020

The Case for Biden/Harris and #VoteBlue2020

Full disclosure, during the Presidential primaries, Senator Kamala Harris was my first choice. Joe Biden was my fourth. Yet when it became evident that VP Biden is our best chance to win in November, I voted for him with a clear head and heart. Over these past months, my choice has been reaffirmed, my enthusiasm bolstered. Let me tell you why: When I watched VP...

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Anita Finlay

20 Oct 2020
My Mom Wouldn’t Want You To Get Sick
in Coronavirus, Election 2020

My Mom Wouldn’t Want You To Get Sick

My dear Mom just died of Coronavirus. She was one month shy of 94. Don’t let her age fool you. She’d pulled off a number of health care miracles in the past, bouncing back from devastating illnesses despite all odds. Until Covid-19. Toni, as she liked to be called, was so generous, she’d give you the shirt off her back and the shoes besides. Imperfect...

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Anita Finlay

21 May 2020
Chris Matthews, Resigning At Last
in Sexism

Chris Matthews, Resigning At Last

Now Chris Matthews in finally resigning after his 23 years of sexist and otherwise inappropriate comments? This is also a man who stated that the purpose of cable TV “news” is for people to reinforce their own already held opinions, even if they’re wrongheaded – and they often were and are. Per ABC News: “Matthews came under fire in recent days for comparing U.S. Sen....

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Anita Finlay

02 Mar 2020
Trump’s Impeachment Is The Story, Not Hillary vs. Bernie
in Election 2020, Hillary Clinton

Trump’s Impeachment Is The Story, Not Hillary vs. Bernie

Yesterday, news media’s top trending story was the “outrage” over Hillary Clinton’s interview in which she said ‘nobody likes Bernie Sanders and nobody wants to work with him.’ She spent 8 years as First Lady, dealing with him in Congress while she fought for health care, she was a 2-term Senator and Secretary of State. She likely knows a hell of a lot more about...

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Anita Finlay

22 Jan 2020
Why an Apology to Hillary Helps All Women
in Hillary Clinton, Sexism, Women in Politics

Why an Apology to Hillary Helps All Women

Hillary, long a lightning rod for sexist abuse, suffered horrid treatment from the male owned mainstream press, which warned all women: “Step up and you’ll get a taste of what she’s getting. We got a whole lotta more for ya, little lady”. The effects of big media’s disgraceful treatment of her in both her 2008 and 2016 presidential runs are still felt today. Why else...

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Anita Finlay

15 Jan 2020
Gratitude In Challenging Times
in Love, Self-Image, Women in Politics

Gratitude In Challenging Times

Having taken a powder from my own website for six months!! (horrors), I need to stop flogging myself about it and be kind, acknowledging that sometimes life intrudes, sometimes family illness intrudes. I’m grateful to say that my loved ones are better.  But there are also times when I have to look away, when the current media and political environment feels so toxic, I can’t...

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Anita Finlay

24 Dec 2019
Democrats and the Value of Debating Trump
in Election 2020, Hillary Clinton

Democrats and the Value of Debating Trump

Former Governor Chris Christie offered debating advice against Trump that a Huffington Post article says Democrats would do well to use. Christie says the guy “swings at every pitch” and can’t let anything go. So what? #Hillary wiped the floor with him in all three 2016 debates. Though she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million, he still got 62 million people to vote...

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Anita Finlay

30 Jun 2019
Hillary and My Promises for 2020
in Election 2020

Hillary and My Promises for 2020

Recalling 2016’s media sabotage of Hillary Clinton–and acknowledging that she remains our most qualified candidate by far–makes our huge slate of 2020 candidates shine less by comparison. I’d be lying to pretend my lingering disgust doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Can that change? Absolutely. The debates start tonight–a first step in separating wheat from chaff.  I’m a lot more enthusiastic about Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren,...

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Anita Finlay

25 Jun 2019
Kamala Harris and Women’s Fight for Equal Pay
in Media Bias, Sexism

Kamala Harris and Women’s Fight for Equal Pay

Senator Kamala Harris spoke with MSNBC’s Ari Melber last night pitching her plan to fine companies a part of their previous year’s profits if it is discovered they are not paying women equal wages as men for the same work. Is this plan likely a non-starter? Well, if those guilty companies and the six conglomerates in control of 90% of media in this country have...

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Anita Finlay

21 May 2019
The Electoral College Must Go
in Presidential Election

The Electoral College Must Go

While I’m far from deciding on a Democratic candidate, I agree with Senator Elizabeth Warren in her support for “getting rid of the electoral college,” and having the presidency decided by a national popular vote.  Per Matthew Dowd’s ABC NEWS article, Warren was “quickly attacked by many who think this is a “radical idea.” Yet that assessment is incorrect.  Per a new CBS News poll, about...

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Anita Finlay

20 Mar 2019
Respecting the Women on Whose Shoulders You Stand
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Respecting the Women on Whose Shoulders You Stand

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm made history by running for president in 1972, becoming the first woman to win a non-binding presidential primary in New Jersey.  She said: “I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being black…” and “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: “It’s a girl.” Shirley Chisholm was a trailblazer who made it easier for Senators...

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Anita Finlay

11 Feb 2019
Sexism Isn’t About THAT Woman—But ALL Women
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias, Misogyny, Sexism

Sexism Isn’t About THAT Woman—But ALL Women

Sexist attacks are daily lobbed at Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar over social media and, of course, by the pundit class on mainstream media. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spanked Trump hard on his horrid shutdown, reminding us how fierce she is at holding together her Parties’ coalition, rendering foolish anyone who called for “new blood” in opposing her return...

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Anita Finlay

01 Feb 2019
Hey Tucker Carlson: My Mom is a Hero, Not an Emasculator
in Media Bias, Sexism, Women in Politics

Hey Tucker Carlson: My Mom is a Hero, Not an Emasculator

It’s not that FOX News’ Tucker Carlson is worth listening to or respecting, yet his comments about ‘women’s advancement harming society’ must be addressed; his poison countered.  Too many men, and women for that matter, still buy into straitjacketed gender roles that are no longer realistic, and in many cases, not desirable, in today’s society. His brand of “stinkin’ thinkin’” is part of why Senator...

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Anita Finlay

03 Jan 2019
Our Midterm Votes Are Vital–Being Distracted Is Not
in Media Bias

Our Midterm Votes Are Vital–Being Distracted Is Not

  Three weeks from today, we have a very important date with the voting booth.  In the meantime, we can talk to friends and neighbors about the issues of vital concern to Americans,  like health care, preserving pre-existing conditions protections, protecting Social Security and Medicare from unfair cuts, correcting the GOP Tax Scam, taking action on climate change, as well as restoring much needed oversight...

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Anita Finlay

16 Oct 2018
Fighting for Women’s Rights at the Voting Booth
in Misogyny, Sexism

Fighting for Women’s Rights at the Voting Booth

GOP efforts to ram through Brett Kavanaugh’s  lifetime Supreme Court appointment while hiding vital information about him from the public showcases not only the urgency of overturning one-party rule, but the need to elect more Progressive women to office.  Women’s rights in particular will be affected if Kavanaugh is confirmed and, as predicted, pushes the Supreme Court further right, likely overturning Roe v. Wade.  That...

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Anita Finlay

09 Sep 2018
Drowning In Ink By The Barrel — Reporters Who Stifle Criticism
in Hillary Clinton, Media Bias

Drowning In Ink By The Barrel — Reporters Who Stifle Criticism

New York Times‘  reporter Maggie Haberman got backlash for her recent op-ed decrying a lack of civility on Twitter, declaring she was stepping away from it as a result.  No doubt social media can be cruel, particularly for women. But we must separate facts from a self-serving or defensive posture in this case.  Did Ms. Haberman mention her habit of blocking those who offer respectful...

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Anita Finlay

25 Jul 2018
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