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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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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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 2:15pm
The GOP’s Love Affair With Its “Earthquake in a Box”
Republicans, we know what you’re going through. Many of us have been in this kind of relationship before: You meet someone new and he or she seems different, exciting, rebellious, maybe even a little dangerous. You get involved. Your friends say, “What do you see in him/her?” And you reply, “Oh,...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 8:15am
Today, John Lewis Stood Up for Human Dignity Once Again
On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis, already a veteran of the Freedom Rides, Mississippi’s Freedom Summer and Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, walked ahead of 600 civil rights activists as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the first leg of what was meant...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 2:45pm
Trump, His Virus, and the Dark Age of Unreason
There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples. There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:30am
Wasserman Schultz Has a Change of Heart, But Too Little, Too Late
Return with us now to the saga of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the soul of the Democratic Party. First, a quick recap: Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic National Committee, also has been an advocate for the payday loan industry. The website Think Progress even described her as...
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