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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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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:30am
Not So Fast, Net Neutrality…
Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle Net neutrality...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:30pm
In SOTU, President Punts on Income Inequality
Much of the buildup to President Obama’s State of the Union address made it sound as if he was going to read chapter and verse from French economist Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century – you know, last year’s 700-plus page best seller, the one that was unexpectedly all the rage as it...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
You Have the Right to Remain Obnoxious
Here in New York City, the past few weeks have been fraught. First, in early December, protesters took to the streets to protest a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a policeman involved in the choking death of African-American Eric Garner. The police were attempting to place Garner...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 3:15pm
Surprise! Big Campaign Gifts Have Strings Attached
Today, January 6, is the opening day of the new, 114th US Congress. Coincidentally, on the western Christian calendar, January 6 is Twelfth Night, aka the Twelfth Day of Christmas, or the Epiphany, or Kings Day – commemorating when the three kings – the wise men – arrived at the manger in Bethlehem...
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Monday, January 5, 2015 - 12:00pm
FCC Schedules Net Neutrality Vote for February 26
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a new and updated version of Net neutrality rules at its February monthly meeting, currently scheduled for February 26. In Friday’s Washington Post , Brian Fung reported: “President Obama's top telecom regulator, Tom Wheeler, told fellow FCC...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 8:00am
It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade
A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up. Simultaneously baffled and captivated, he said, “I think you were born and raised in Bedford Falls,” the fictional burg at the center of Frank...
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