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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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:00pm
Living the High Life After Congress
As the latest chapter in the curious saga of Congressman Aaron “Fly Me” Schock recently came to an end, there was an unintentionally, darkly comic moment. It happened just after the Downton Abbey fanboy announced his resignation from the House of Representatives. In an interview, his father, Dr...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 8:15am
Norman Lear: Save Documentaries on PBS!
Legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear, creator of such landmark comedy series as All in the Family, Maude and The Jeffersons, and co-founder of People for the American Way, has spoken out in support of independent documentary filmmakers struggling to protect the broadcast of their...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:00am
Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble
For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00pm
'Downton Abbey' Congressman Aaron Schock Resigns
As they say at Downton Abbey , things seem to keep happening that nobody could imagine just a short time ago. And so it is with today’s announcement of the resignation of Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock. As I recently wrote here at Bill Moyers.com , the career of the up-and-coming,...
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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 1:00pm
Albert Maysles, RIP
A word about documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died last week. He was, as New Yorker film journalist and essayist Richard Brody aptly wrote , “one of the crucial artists of modern documentary filmmaking — or, simply, one of the most important filmmakers of the past half-century.” I didn’t...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:45am
Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks
Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man – Sheldon Adelson. The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right. The party’s presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his...
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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:15pm
"A Red Letter Day" at the FCC – Net Neutrality Wins
There was snow in Washington, DC, Thursday morning, which always throws the federal capital into tailspins. So the marching band that the media reform group Free Press had hired to throw a parade for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler canceled, the wimps. Nevertheless, a small,...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:15am
The Awesome Life of an American Congressman
We could go on about the inherent contradiction of “Downton Abbey” as the biggest hit on public television – that a series about a fading, genteel (and Gentile) British aristocracy and its servants dominates the schedule of a broadcasting service mandated to promote diversity and give a voice to...
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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:30am
FCC Chair Announces "Strongest Open Internet Protections Ever"
On Wednesday, we witnessed a major step forward in the campaign for Net neutrality. In an op-ed piece for Wired magazine , Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler officially announced: “After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million...
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:15am
The Super-Rich Can’t Hide From the Rest of Us
My friend Craig Zobel just premiered his new movie at the Sundance Film Festival. Z for Zachariah is based on a young adult novel from the seventies about a post-apocalyptic world and a woman who lives on a farm in a remote valley. A geographic anomaly, the valley has been isolated and protected...
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