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Fans of the lovely and lively Ms. Finney were overjoyed to  see her finally have a go at guest-hosting on Thursday and Friday of  last week when she filled in for Martin Bashir.  We hoped she would make a big splash and capture the attention of execs at MSNBC who might consider giving her a show of her own.  I doubt that any of us ever dreamed that we would see her attacked unfairly, misquoted, and abused the way we have for the past few days on Twitter.

Like some warped version of The Telephone Game,  Hate-Tweeters have twisted her words and worse claimed she said things that she did not. People whose attention spans do not exceed 140 characters retweet without checking to see what she really said.  The videos and transcripts are all available at  the Bashir Live homepage, but let us not waste valuable retweeting time looking for the truth!

Ms. Finney organized and presented some compelling programming.  Of  course she covered the story of the week, the Trayvon Martin case.  The language used by the accused perpetrator, George Zimmerman on 911 record,  not Ms. Finney, is what brought race into the discussion.   She along with her panel presented the facts as they found them.  So what did Karen do to precipitate this hailstorm of hate on Twitter?

There is a “B” word that I have yet to hear in connection with the Trayvon Martin case.  With all of the attention being paid in this country to bullying, I have not heard the suggestion that as a self-identified authority figure, George Zimmerman may have bullied Trayvon Martin.  We do not like thinking about that kind of bullying.  We do not want kids bullying other kids, but I notice a resistance to suggestions that authority figures also bully.  Some teachers do, coaches do, and yes, security and police personnel also do.   Karen did not raise this issue, but if the latest Zimmerman information, that he is injured, is true, it could be consistent with Trayvon fighting back – against a bully.

Having raised that “B” word, I find what is happening to Karen on the Twitter feed also a form of bullying.  The attacks are merciless,and the “quotes”  have no basis in fact.  It is hate talk and very dangerous.  I still cannot fathom why it is Karen who receives this treatment.  I hope it is not rooted  in sexism, racism or both,  and I certainly hope it is not because she is beautiful and brilliant.  We have seen enough of that!  Thanks to Ryan Olsen for the picture.

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As you know, our homegirl Karen has spent the past two afternoons filling in as host on Bashir Live at MSNBC.  Fans hailed the choice.  Some live-tweeted which was helpful to folks like me who were stuck at work.  It provided a chance to take an occasional peek.  Fortunately, I long ago set my DVR to record this show (and others) in case Karen might be on a panel.  So I have spent two evenings watching my favorite commentator running two shows on her own and found her impressive.  More than impressive.  By mid-way through today’s show the word “expert” kept leaping into my mind.

Tweets during and after the first show on Thursday were largely encouraging.   The “Finney Fans”  were high-fiving her in all of their genius 140 or < character ways.  When I came home from an extra-long day today to look at the Twitter feed, I saw something quite different.  It looked like someone had taken a rake and knocked a wasp’s nest off of a tree branch.  Negativity rained down like someone had opened a faucet.  It may be that this Politico article had something to do with the gathering of the haters.

Democratic strategists as MSNBC anchors

By DYLAN BYERS|

3/22/12 3:55 PM EDT

MSNBC has no problem letting viewers know where its political ideologies lie, but I think it’s worth noting that Karen Finney, Democratic strategist and network contributor, is currently filling in as anchor on the Martin Bashir program.

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Since I am not the resident “wingnut site snoop” (Jen holds that post), I do not know if there were other, similar articles or whether Byers simply shot around the interwebs like buckshot.   Whatever it was,  that swarm on her Twitter feed today came as a shock to me as well as to the many homegirls and homeboys who regularly visit there and encourage her efforts.

Somewhere along the line I saw the term “race-baiter” used.   Really?  Are they talking about this Karen Finney?   Race-baiter?    I can think of no term less appropriate.

I watched yesterday’s Bashir Live twice.  I have watched today’s show only once,  but is this the Karen Finney who has so angered so many?  Seriously?

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As is her wont, she gave Rick Santorum credit for something well done.  She is not a Santorum supporter, but she always gives credit where it is due.   She asked an honest question on every decent person’s mind: “Where is Zimmerman?”  It is a fair question.  I just wonder what, in this segment, angered so many and where was the race-baiting?

In my book, Karen has done an extraordinary job over these two days and well deserves her own show.  Her research is deep and broad, her views are circumspect, and her presentation is clear.  She has a lot of charisma.

In the end what does an anchor do?  It holds fast while the currents swirl around it.  Karen held strong for two days while the tides built around her.  She was genial,  courteous, artful, and fair.  I say. “Give her a forum of her own!”  Five Stars, Karen.  Wonderful!   (Oh!  Wait! the code won’t give stars.  Well then I think you deserve diamonds!)  ♦♦♦♦♦

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For those who are fans of this  awesome researcher, analyst, and commentator, I have a treat for you.

Karen Finney

Fans have been clamoring on Twitter for awhile for Karen to have her own show at MSNBC, but  of course, first things must come first.  As a popular guest commentator,  she has demonstrated the talents and gifts that are indispensable to success on current events talk TV.  She is animated, quick-thinking, well-informed, and circumspect.  Not to be shallow, but she is also very easy on the eyes.  She is the whole package, but that is not a direct route to a show.  What CAN be is filling in for hosts of current shows.

Karen is a regular panelist on Bashir Live at MSNBC  3 p.m. ET.  Tomorrow and Friday, Karen will be filling in for Martin Bashir in his absence.  Her fans could not be happier to see have this opportunity to showcase her her appreciable skills as a host and moderator.

So tune in to MSNBC at 3  EDT (or check your local listings)  tomorrow and Friday and catch Karen!  We wish her the best.  She’s our homegirl, and we hope this is a step to a Karen Finney show to  be aired regularly.

Here’s lookin’ at YOU Karen!

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There is a person, and I will refrain from disclosing her screen name, but she knows who she is, who leads a posse of women who think that this woman does not do/say enough to defend Barack Obama.

Karen Finney

They attack her  mercilessly on  Twitter for not supporting “PBO” sufficiently while never specifying which of her remarks they find objectionable or anemic.

This past Super Tuesday, the above,  Karen Finney, was a guest on the panel at The Ed Show.  She asked this question.

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Her remarks precipitated a hailstorm of criticism on her Twitter wall from southern conservative women who accused her of calling them racists – a statement she never made.

Yesterday, as a regular member of the panel on the Dylan Ratigan show, she incited the legendary wrath of Ratigan with this perfectly innocent comment delivered, I would add, with her signature dimpled smile and a sweet voice.

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This evening, she appeared with Reverend Al on Politics Nation and had this to say.

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Looking at her Twitter wall , the more active of her social nets,  right now, I am wondering where the “PBO” posse is hiding?  Why did they not come out and defend her when the Southern Conservative Women’s posse went after her on Tuesday night and said they were called racist – which they were  not?  Why are they not up there praising her for absorbing the wrath of Ratigan for saying something nice about President Obama?   Why are they not encouraging her remarks to Rev. Al tonight?  Why do they post on her wall ONLY when they feel she is not defensive enough toward “PBO?”  Why did they not defend her against the unfair attacks by the SCW posse?  I wonder exactly what it is Ms. Finney is expected to do in order to please people.

I am not here to defend “PBO” with whom you all know I have issues.  If you read the pages about why we are here and the mission statement,  however, you will see why I very appropriately defend Ms. Finney on this page.   She is a homegirl.  She defends women’s rights with logic and passion.

She has drawn fire from both sides.  In many ways I consider that a good thing.  She is objective, logical, and analytical.  She is not pushing hard for any particular candidate – very unusual on MSBNC.  She is doing her job as she understands it to be:  analyzing the events under discussion in a circumspect way.  I think she does a fine job,  and this week I thought she deserved the support of  some who relentlessly criticize her.

Well this is one venue where I can defend her as well as promote her since I think her brand of objective analysis could be better represented on the channel where she regularly occupies one or another panel.  She should have her own show there.  I probably still would need to consult her Twitter wall to find out who else’s  show she would be appearing on, but I would know that there would be an hour in the day or week that I could DVR regularly and find Karen there speaking out on women’s issues and maybe sometimes saying the president did a pretty good job at something because nobody totally sucks all the time at everything … except maybe Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  I won’t even bother with Newt.  Just thought I would mention her to those of you who don’t have any team-owning friends.  Now y’all in Puerto Rico go out there and learn English the way those guys mastered Southern American English!

So,  Karen, you have a posse of  homegirls and homeboys right here.  We have your back!

(Full disclosure:  The author has PR cousins, some of whom are very politically active in the Republican Party.  They have native speaker level proficiency in English.  Just sayin’.)

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Sorry. You will just have to bear with me on the baseball allusions now that Spring Training is in full swing (couldn’t resist  that pun -sorry).

John Conyers stepped up to the plate on this federal judge for his racist and misogynist “joke” about Barack Obama.  As you all know, I am no Obama fan, but my issues with him have to do with primary campaign activities, as well as policy moves (and lack of same) since he took office.  Racism has no role,  should not,  in ANY American discussion,  campaign,  or courthouse.

John Conyers is one of those people with whom I would trust my life without ever having been fortunate enough to meet him.  Bottom line, I guess, is that I would trust him to be POTUS.   He is not running for that, but he is rightfully calling out Richard F. Cebull for his racist remarks.

Here is a clip from tonight’s  The Ed Show on the issue.   Value added:  our homegirl,  Karen Finney comments.  She happens to have some experience in this racist arena.  I love her.  “He’s old enough to know.”  (The  judge).  Yes, Karen.  He’s  also old enough to be removed from the bench since he lives in a different century from the rest of us.  I hope Rep. Conyers extracts some payment  I hope it is the max.

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If this is beginning to look like a Karen Finney fan site, it might have something to do with Karen being an awesome Homegirl Warrior.

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As I was listening to Karen Finney explain Mitt Romney’s strategic error by not reacting far more vehemently to Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Sandra Fluke, it suddenly stuck me. This was Romney’s “Buckner Moment.”  Karen was saying he had a golden opportunity.  Yes, and like Bill Buckner, in the tenth inning against the Mets in 1986, he let the ball roll right between his feet. No one who saw that will ever forget it.  I think, if he is the nominee, women in Massachusetts, men too – those with daughters especially, are going to show Romney as much love as the Red Sox fans showed Buckner.

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1986 World Series

Buckner watches his misplayed ground ball as Wilson goes to first.

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Boston was leading the heavily favored New York Mets three games to two in the 1986 World Series when Game Six of the series went into extra innings. For his part, Buckner was batting just .143 against Mets pitching, and was 0-for-5 in Game 6. When the Sox scored two runs in the top of the tenth, Boston manager John McNamara chose to have Buckner take the field in the bottom of the inning instead of bringing Stapleton in as a defensive replacement for the ailing Buckner as he had in games one, two and five.[10]

New York came back to tie the game with three straight two out singles off Calvin Schiraldi and a wild pitch by Bob Stanley. Mookie Wilson fouled off several pitches before hitting a slow roller to Buckner at first base. Aware of Wilson’s speed, Buckner tried to rush the play. As a result, the ball rolled past his glove,[11] through his legs and into right field, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.[12]

So the winning run is at second base, with two outs, three and two to Mookie Wilson. Little roller up along first; Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!
NBC-TV’s Vin Scully.
Here’s the pitch to Mookie Wilson. Winning run at second. Ground ball to first, it is a run, an error! An error by Buckner! The winning run scores!
…and a ground ball, trickling, it’s a fair ball..gets by Buckner!! Rounding third, Knight! The Mets will win the ball game! The Mets win! They win! Unbelievable, the Red Sox in stunned disbelief!

So here is Karen having the “very last word,” after The Last Word last night,  explaining why Republicans need to stand up against Rush and say “This isn’t OK.” That includes you, Mitt. Guess you never learned in Little League “Mitt to the ground!”  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

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Karen shared this on Twitter in case you missed Martin Bashir today.  What Limbaugh offered was a Greek “apologia” not an apology, but an explanation.  It was not even a good one.  Socrates would have given him an”F.”  Here’s what Martin’s outstanding panel had to say.

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Here is the link to the website Krystal started: BoycottRush.org.  Share!  Spread the word!
P.S.    This is NOT the kind of posting I was expecting to be doing here during Women’s History Month!

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