Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael Winship, senior writing fellow at Demos and president of the Writers Guild of America-East, was senior writer for Moyers & Company and Bill Moyers’ Journal and is senior writer of BillMoyers.com.

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Monday, September 19, 2016 - 2:15pm
There’s No Debate
Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on...
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Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 11:45am
The Lost Innocence of 9/11
I wrote the piece below for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, not long before the Moyers & Company television series and the BillMoyers.com website began. It remains relevant on this 15 th anniversary although a few things have changed. One World Trade Center has reached its full 1776 feet...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 5:00pm
Greasing the Outstretched Palms of the Candidates
The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder. Call it low cuisine. And it doesn’t get any lower than what we’ve seen during this wretched campaign season — a presidential contest that...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 8:30am
Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen
Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it’s wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core, corrupted by big business and special interests from the seventh son to the seventh son. Or daughter, as we learned these past...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:45am
Donald Trump Has Some Explaining to Do
First things first, Donald Trump: Release. Your. Tax. Returns. No excuses. Second, if we have to have a cartoon character running for president, I would prefer Bart Simpson. He has better writers and a healthier sense of self-awareness. Like Donald Trump, Bart clings to a life’s philosophy best...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 6:15pm
At the Democratic Convention, Round One to the Progressives
Shoot if you must these old grey heads, but these two semi-qualified observers of the passing political scene watched Monday night’s proceedings at the Democratic National Convention and saw past the heckles and opprobrium of the leather-lunged few. Instead, we witnessed an evening of progressive...
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Friday, July 22, 2016 - 3:45pm
Donald Trump’s Dark and Scary Night
The GOP’s new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American. The tone was divisive, dark, dystopian and grim. Here was the alpha dog of the von Trump family, baying at a...
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Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:15am
The Get-Off-My-Lawn Party Meets in Cleveland
Oh dear. Watching C-SPAN and waiting for Tuesday’s roll call confirming Donald Trump’s nomination to begin, the house band there in the hall, led by GE Smith, formerly of Saturday Night Live , played covers of The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next To You” and other golden oldies. Many rhythm-impaired...
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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 3:45pm
I Don’t Know Much But I Know Why Black Lives Matter
Philando Castile and I share birthdays in July. This year, I celebrated mine with friends and family. But Castile’s friends and family are mourning his death, killed by a police officer in the St. Paul, Minnesota, suburbs after he was pulled over for a broken taillight. He would have been 33. I am...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 3:45pm
The Democrats Ignore the 500-Pound Lobbyist in the Room
In all of the 35 single-spaced pages of the Democratic Party’s platform draft , there is just one mention of lobbying. One. Oh, it says some fine uplifting things about voters lacking a proper voice in government, about money and politics and the need to overturn Citizens United and Buckley v...
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