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
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