Open Letter To The New York Times’ Public Editor — Updated
13 Sep 2015

Open Letter To The New York Times’ Public Editor — Updated

I must add to the litany of complaints you have received regarding The New York Times’ coverage of Secretary Clinton. The pattern exhibited by your newspaper goes beyond errors in reporting and gives the appearance of a systematic campaign to derail her candidacy.  The list is long: The faux email “scandal,” accusing her of breaking laws not in place until 20 months after she stepped down...

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Hillary’s Emails and the Media’s Pound of Flesh
11 Sep 2015

Hillary’s Emails and the Media’s Pound of Flesh

In her interview with ABC’s David Muir Monday night, Hillary Clinton apologized for her decision to use private email as Secretary of State, while noting her actions were legal at the time and done with the full knowledge of the State Department. Secretaries before her, like Colin Powell, used personal email and never complied to requests to turn any over. Yet mainstream media would not...

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The Enduring Power of Hillary Clinton’s Beijing Speech
05 Sep 2015

The Enduring Power of Hillary Clinton’s Beijing Speech

Twenty years ago today, then First Lady Hillary Clinton traveled to Beijing to address the UN delegation despite the “handwringing” of some in her husband’s administration. In defiance of the State Department and the Chinese Government, Mrs. Clinton spoke the words that still have deep resonance today: “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” The New York...

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Hillary Clinton/photo by Stu Collins, used by permission
31 Aug 2015

Hillary Clinton Connecting the Dots on the Rural Economy

When Hillary Clinton gave a talk at Taber Home Vineyards & Winery in Baldwin, Iowa last week, she shared plans not often heard from presidential candidates for bolstering the rural economy. Blogger Stu Collins graciously shared video documenting the event, where Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack offered a glowing introduction and endorsement of Clinton. I encourage you to watch Secretary Clinton connect...

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The Truth of Hillary’s Email Non-Scandal
26 Aug 2015

The Truth of Hillary’s Email Non-Scandal

Hillary Clinton is running an intelligent presidential campaign focused on voters’ pressing concerns. Her plans for reining in Wall Street, reducing cost of college education and child care, criminal justice and immigration reform, gun control, and equal pay for women deserve close examination. Yet we are distracted from the issues Clinton and other candidates raise by a corporate owned media that, just as in 2008,...

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Sexism Still Being Used to Attack Hillary
22 Aug 2015

Sexism Still Being Used to Attack Hillary

  HillaryMen Peter Daou and Tom Watson have my gratitude for exposing certain media operative’s loop of sexist tropes used to attack Hillary Clinton. The words “testy,” “combative,” “calculating,” “defiant,” “conniving” and “secretive” as applied to her have one purpose: character assassination designed to distract from her policy prescriptions and derail her presidential campaign. That is not too strong a statement. No man is described...

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Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?
18 Aug 2015

Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?

There is speculation that billionaire Donald Trump is running a campaign for reasons other than attaining the Presidency; that he would never let his empire deteriorate while constrained by the demands of the Oval Office. Whatever his motives, Trump’s shocking frontrunner status means a desperate media will chase him for all the outrageous or grotesque sound bites he can spew. At the moment, the press...

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Republicans Fake Feminist Outrage to Bash Trump – Hilarity Ensues
11 Aug 2015

Republicans Fake Feminist Outrage to Bash Trump – Hilarity Ensues

After Republican frontrunner Donald Trump retaliated against tough debate questioning by FOX News’ Megyn Kelly, saying “she had blood coming out of her wherever,” the menstruation slur had Republicans in an uproar. Candidates like Carly Fiorina pretended offense, yet simultaneously swore that the equal rights Hillary Clinton champions for women are pandering and not needed. Fiorina also denied the need for paid maternity leave. Senator Marco Rubio, frustrated by...

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10 Aug 2015

Is Bernie Sanders Ready for Prime Time Politics?

Though GOP candidates have dominated much of the news of late, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders found himself in some hot water after protesters claiming affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement disrupted his event in Seattle last weekend – his exit followed soon after. Tackling issues of racial equality has tripped up more than a few candidates, but it was Senator Sanders’ reaction that was...

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Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress
09 Aug 2015

Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress

Planned Parenthood is once again the center of national debate, and this time, Congress is threatening to use the issue of abortion as a reason to shut down the Federal government. While the notion of slashing Planned Parenthood funding may be a vehicle to rally social Conservatives, if Republicans leverage this controversial issue to once again pull a shutdown, it will likely backfire. One in...

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New York Times Uses VP Biden to Distract from False Hillary Story
08 Aug 2015

New York Times Uses VP Biden to Distract from False Hillary Story

In a nifty sleight of hand, powerful New York Times‘ columnist, Maureen Dowd penned a column last weekend insisting that VP Joe Biden’s son pushed his father to make a third and final run for the Presidency, opposing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Times’ political reporter Amy Chozick then quoted Dowd as a “news source” on this juicy scoop. What is lost here is...

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05 Aug 2015

Why Is Governor Scott Walker Averse to Transparency?

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker takes the stage this Thursday at the first Republican presidential debate, he should be asked how he feels about the need for campaign finance reform, given that the Conservative dominated Wisconsin high court just voted along party lines to quash an investigation into Scott Walker’s campaign finance behavior in 2012, setting up a test case where dark money can go...

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