Michael Winship

Michael Winship, senior writing fellow at Demos and president of the Writers Guild of America-East, is senior writer for Bill Moyers' new weekend show Moyers & Company.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:15pm
Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be. As the world burns, our political class whoops it up with the...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 1:00pm
Ferguson’s About Net Neutrality, Too
At the end of the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , Jimmy Stewart, as Senator Jefferson Smith, is in the midst of his filibuster against the corruption of the political machine that sent him to Capitol Hill as their lackey. Now he knows the truth and he’s taken over the floor of the Senate to...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 8:30am
Remembering Robin Williams
Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. He came bearing bagels...
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 3:15pm
Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty
In August 1974, 40 years ago this week, commentator Alistair Cooke faced a dilemma. The events of the Watergate scandal — “a Laurel and Hardy absurdity in the beginning,” Cooke recalled — had snowballed since 1972 from a farce of botched burglary into a severe constitutional crisis, and events were...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:45am
Don’t Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail
Analyzing a government report is like eating and digesting a meal — better to take it slowly than gobble quickly and suffer the possible consequences. Example: last Thursday’s report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on whether or not large financial institutions were still perceived...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:45pm
Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP
Imagine the official presentation of a worldview concocted by conspiracy theorists and an assortment of cranks and grumpy people. Conjure a document written by scribes possessed of poison pens soaked in the inkpots of Ayn Rand and the Brothers Grimm, caught in the grip of a dark dystopian fantasy...
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:45am
Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July
For a very good reason, this year my girlfriend, Pat, and I were in London for the Fourth of July. The British feigned indifference to the anniversary of our breakaway, like disappointed parents choosing not to mention the unruly prodigal who dropped out, left home and, in spite of their warnings,...
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Now-outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor answers questions from reporters, Oct. 3, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 7:00am
How DC’s Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter
Looking over the last few weeks of news, if you would seek a single headline that sums up the Hulk-like grip in which corporate America holds the US Congress, this might be it: “Eric Cantor’s Loss a Blow to Wall Street.” So wrote The Wall Street Journal , that Pravda of the One Percent, on the day...
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Col. T.E. Lawrence, shown Oct. 3, 1928. (AP Photo) Views
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:15pm
What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia
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People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Views
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 8:15am
Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.
This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes. First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by irrational fury, much of it perpetrated with guns obtained legally in the hands of someone who should never...
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