About: Mark Finkelstein

Mark has his B.S. from Cornell, an Ed.M. and J.D. from SUNY Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Harvard law. He practiced law in NYC, Mexico City and Paris.

After a stint in professional tennis management, he returned to Ithaca, NY where he got involved in real estate development and politics. He held senior positions in the administration of NY Gov. George Pataki, was the chairman of the local Republican party, and was a candidate for mayor.

In 2011, Mark fled the liberal haven of Ithaca and secured political refugee status in Pecan Plantation, TX. He flies small planes, enjoys golf and tennis, and as of the beginning of 2016 has a Vizsla puppy that keeps him busy. He also provides a home for a Congo African Grey parrot.

Mark blogged at NewsBusters for over ten years, and is delighted to now be at Legal Insurrection. Contact Mark at mark.finkelstein@gmail.com




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Mika: Too Late to Repeal Obamacare, “Whether You Were for it or Not”

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30am 7/26/2017 at 11:30am
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Knowingly or not, Mika Brzezinski has exposed the progressive strategy for ever-increasing government control of our lives. On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough actually made a principled conservative case against Obamacare, saying that many conservatives “do not believe that the federal government should compel people to buy insurance. Should not compel young...

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CNN’s Avlon: Trump “Trying to Back Channel the Saturday Night Massacre”

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:30am 7/25/2017 at 8:30am
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On CNN this morning, Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN analyst John Avlon said that President Trump is “trying to back channel the Saturday Night Massacre.” That was a reference to the episode during the Watergate investigation in which President Nixon ordered the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, leading to the resignations...

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Former FBI Agent Watts: “I Believe” Kushner’s “Account of Things”

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Posted by    Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:38am 7/24/2017 at 8:38am

Mika Brzezinski was doing her best on today’s Morning Joe to undermine the just-released statement by Jared Kushner on his dealings with the Russians. But when Mika tried to tee up former FBI agent Clint Watts to take a shot at the statement, she got what must have come as an...

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VIDEO: Joy Reid Show goes full pardon-mania – 32 times in 14 minutes

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Posted by    Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:30pm 7/23/2017 at 1:30pm
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When Joy Reid and her merry band of liberals sink their teeth into something, it’s hard to tear them away.

Last month, we entertained you with this item about Reid & Co. mentioning “Russia” 56 times in one hour.

On today’s AM Joy, the word was “pardon.” No Groucho-like duck came down, but Reid...

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Deputy AG Rosenstein: Will wait to see if Mueller investigation “results” affected by conflicts

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Posted by    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:00am 7/21/2017 at 10:00am
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Asked by Fox News‘ Martha MacCallum whether he’s bothered by the fact that some of the lawyers hired by special counsel Robert Mueller made donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein responded:

“At the Department of Justice, we judge by results, and so, my view about that is, we’ll see...

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David Gregory: Trump “Cannot Quit Maggie Haberman”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:30am 7/20/2017 at 8:30am
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On CNN this morning, political analyst David Gregory was discussing the lengthy interview that President Trump granted yesterday to three reporters from the New York Times, including Maggie Haberman. Said Gregory:

“It’s striking that the president who spends so much time trying to discredit the news media to convince his supporters simply...

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Scarborough: Sean Spicer sounds “like an old Soviet propagandist”

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:30am 7/18/2017 at 8:30am
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Give Joe Scarborough credit. Just when we were getting bored with all the Trump/Nazi analogies, Joe has come up with a new one. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough compared Trump press secretary Sean Spicer to an old Soviet spokesman and propagandist.

Scarborough’s beef was that Spicer had supposedly said that the meeting of...

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Trump Voters Trashed by Liberals: ‘Your Parents Should Have Aborted You’

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Posted by    Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:42am 7/17/2017 at 11:42am

CNN hosted a panel this morning of Trump voters describing what CNN described as “life after their vote.” Three of the voters described very nasty reactions they’ve received from liberals:

  • A woman spoke of receiving “a lot of hatred from people I loved and respected,” including being asked if she was “crazy”...
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CNN’s Stelter hammered on own show: “the media has become the opposition to Trump”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:00pm 7/16/2017 at 7:00pm
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On CNN’s Reliable Sources today, Ken Kurson, the former editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, owned by the Kushner family, calmly laid out a damning indictment of the mainstream media in the age of Trump.

Pursuant to Kurson’s bill of particulars:

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Joy Reid asks AND ANSWERS own question to guest about Trump Jr. meeting

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Posted by    Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:39pm 7/15/2017 at 12:39pm
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Joy Reid has done it again, shutting down on her MSNBC show this morning yet another conservative guest who tried to get in a word edgewise. This time it was former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz in the unenviable position of trying to make the case that the meeting between Trump campaign...

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CNN’s Camerota Dismisses DNC/Ukraine Oppo Effort as “Red Herring”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00am 7/13/2017 at 10:00am
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Russia, Russia, Russia. We’re here to talk about Trump/Russia: get it? Don’t go distracting us with talk of the DNC working with Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump!

This morning on CNN, Alisyn Camerota and John Berman co-hosted a segment with Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign aide, and Dem consultant...

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Scarborough Compares Trump to Nixon just before Resignation

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:46am 7/12/2017 at 8:46am

Does Joe Scarborough believe that Donald Trump will be resigning the presidency sometime this summer? Seems so, judging from Joe’s baleful proclamation on today’s Morning Joe. Said Scarborough:

“they have dug so far down low into the bunker that this is not Nixon in ’73. This is Nixon in the summer...

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Hey @JoeNBC, we have answer for you: Ukraine helped Hillary with Oppo Research

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:47am 7/11/2017 at 8:47am

On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough stared into the camera and invited people to contact him if they’re aware of a presidential campaign that accepted “oppo research or support” from a foreign power. The question was based on a quote, shown on the screen, from former Romney campaign strategist Stuart Stevens...

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Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief: CNN a victim of “social media mob frenzy” over Trump wrestling GIF

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Posted by    Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 1:00pm 7/9/2017 at 1:00pm
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Yeah, CNN threatened to out the guy who made the CNN wrestling meme. But the threat, according to CNN, was just some language that the legal suits stuck into the CNN statement. So if you complain about it, you’re just part of a social-media “mob” that is falsely playing the victim.

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CNN’s Camerota thrilled Wrestling GIF guy was tracked down and apologized

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 8:30am 7/5/2017 at 8:30am
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Was the Godfather pleasantly surprised that someone saw the light after waking up with a horse head in his bed? Don’t think so.

But for some reason, CNN host Alisyn Camerota expressed surprise and delight that the guy who created the video of Donald Trump taking down someone with the CNN logo...

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WaPo’s Ignatius: Fighters in Syria cheer at mention of Trump name

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Posted by    Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8:30am 7/3/2017 at 8:30am
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On a morning when you would have expected the Morning Joe panel to be all about Trump’s CNN wrestling tweet, a Washington Post editor/columnist painted an amazingly positive portrait of the president’s actions in Syria.

WaPo’s David Ignatius has just returned from a week in Syria. He was almost apologetic in prefacing...

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Carl Bernstein: Trump’s CNN Wrestling Tweet raises issues of “stability of the President of the United States”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 12:40pm 7/2/2017 at 12:40pm
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Earlier today, President Trump tweeted out what has been reported to be a WrestleMania video from 2007 in which he took down a wrestler outside the ring. In the place of the wrestler’s head, the CNN logo has been superimposed. See video from Trump tweet below.

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