Finlay & Smart Talk Social Media: A Good or Corrosive Influence?

Facebook.  Twitter.  The blogosphere.  Both Social and New Media get a horrid rap in certain circles, and with good reason.  Not only does everyone have an opinion, but  the brazen behavior that gets broadcast behind the safety of a bloggers alias and/or the distance between computer keyboards varies from insightful and brilliant to hateful, even horrifying.  Tuesday at 7PM PDT/10PM EDT, John Smart and I...

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Finlay & Smart Talk — Our Own Post Debate Wrap Up

Tonight, at a special time, 7:30 pm PDT and 10:30 pm EDT, John Smart and I will share our thoughts on the Town Hall Debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Click the picture to listen now or download later! We call it like we see, not left, not right.  The straight stuff.  Join us! ********************** Anita Finlay is the author of Dirty Words...

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Finlay & Smart Talk — our new radio show!

This week, I had the pleasure of launching a new show with writer and host John Smart.  We cover the waterfront!  Every Tuesday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Easterm time we will dig into pressing social issues, politics and whatever strikes our (or your) fancy.  Please write and let us know if you have a particular topic in mind and we’ll do our best to pick the bone...

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Reports of Men’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Increasing concern about the loss of male domination and male earning power in favor of an encroaching matriarchal ruling class may account for the hostility women receive in their efforts to break any glass ceiling.  Maureen Dowd’s book Are Men Necessary, as it turns out, was a precursor to other recent entries as The Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys and The End...

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Apologies to Hillary, Revisionist History and Cognitive Dissonance

These past two years, we have been stunned by a pundit class offering everything from grudging to glowing praise of Hillary Clinton, a candidate they had roundly excoriated four years earlier. What changed? And will the men and women in mainstream media who exhibited a reckless, cruel bias toward not only Hillary, but her supporters, now pretend the debacle of the 2008 primaries never occurred?...

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I Am Not My Hair (humble thanks to India.Arie for her inspiring lyrics)

At Best Buy one lazy Sunday afternoon six years back, I sampled my first Ipod. The pre-programmed music selections featured India.Arie singing “I Am Not My Hair,” a magnificent composition written, in part, to honor Melissa Etheridge, who appeared bald at the Grammys after her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer: I am not my hair I am not your expectations, oh no. I am not...

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ABC's Jake Tapper Tells the Truth about Media Bias — a blockbuster interview in polite language

Add Jake Tapper, one of our more reliable reporters, to the list of people who have left the reservation – at least for the moment. Back in late October, 2008, John King of CNN gave an interview calling his own media colleagues “out of touch,” lambasting them for media bias in the unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and John McCain.  Tapper goes on...

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Many Who Attacked Hillary Clinton in 2008 Now Suggesting She Replace Joe Biden

I just had the pleasure of being interviewed by Molly Paige and Ernie Brown of the nationally syndicated America’s Radio News Network.  I had some choice words for them about the treatment Hillary Clinton received at the hands of the mainstream media last time out and why we still feel the repercussions today.  Short and sweet.  Please give a listen here! My thanks also to...

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Female Olympians, Like Women in Politics, Are Still Stuck in the Cheap Seats

There is a reason why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fights for the empowerment of women and girls around the world.  Even in the 2012 Olympics, we were not immune from institutionalized sex bias.  At 16, Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win a gold medal in gymnastics.  She subsequently received Twitter-bashing about her hair so widespread, it was reported by CNN and...

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When Does Hillary Clinton Get Some Credit?

The New Republic, the same publication whose literary editor once referred to Hillary Clinton as a “hellish housewife” is at it again.  Only this time instead of sinning by degrading an accomplished woman, The New Republic is sinning by pretending she does not exist. In Jonathan Rauch’s TNR article this week, he offers high praise for President Obama’s achievements on the world stage.  Mr. Rauch...

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Sally Ride's Decision to 'Come Out' Posthumously

As we mourn the untimely loss of history-making astronaut Sally Ride, the AP’s David Crary noted that the obituary Ms. Ride co-wrote with her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, has gotten a great deal of attention due to its final line, wherein they “disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years.”  While it was clear that those close to Ms. Ride had long known of...

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A Ray of Hope From the Younger Set…

Since writing about sexism in politics and the demeaning treatment of women seems to have become my raison d’etre, I have to share an exciting video that came to my attention courtesy of writer Mona Gable at BlogHer. She reports that Vlogger Nineteen Percent takes issue with Beyonce’s song Girl (Who Rule The Word)…. Not so fast! says this fabulous woman… I was as blown...

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