Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, a past senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos and former president of the Writers Guild of America East. Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelWinship

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"Donald Trump and his administration are the Wal-Mart of corruption." (Photo: @HCSOTexas/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Point The Trigger Finger at Everyone Else
Friday afternoon, I was walking across my West Village neighborhood running some errands. Here and there my path crossed with college students in graduation gowns from NYU, Columbia and The New School. t’s that time of year, and as I watched the graduates and their proud, happy friends and families...
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Monday, May 07, 2018
Rudy G and Bubble Boy Trump: Call It Implausible Deniability
Think of two bubbles. One is the alternative universe presented by Fox News in which darkness reigns and every single word or action taken against the right wing and its president is perceived as an attack or smear that’s inherently part of a titanic conspiracy aimed at wrecking your life. I have...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Mob Rule at the White House
I blame Tony Soprano. As entertaining and compelling as the “The Sopranos” was back in the day—and I certainly count myself among its fans—by so successfully humanizing a thug and his henchmen in organized crime, I can’t help but wonder if the TV series, and other shows and movies like it, may have...
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Friday, April 06, 2018
Lest We Ever Forget, Three Lists for Donald Trump
You may know this famous old political joke, but please indulge my current fantasy. Call it the tale of three envelopes. The outgoing president of the United States tells the new president, “I’ve left three envelopes at the Oval Office in the top drawer of your desk, the very last thing I did...
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Trump’s Witch-Hunt
What a petty, venal, corrupt and foul thing it is. More media-generated homunculus than man, every day, Donald Trump behaves more and more like the cornered animal desperately trying to save itself by viciously biting in every direction, pulling out every nasty trick that has worked for him before...
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Monday, March 05, 2018
The "Pure Madness" of Our Vigilante President
Trying to write about the current resident of the White House and his odious pals is like being trapped in a warehouse, condemned to assemble endless Ikea products without instructions or that little hexagon key doohickey. The work never ends, you have no idea what goes where, illogic reigns and...
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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Our New St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
On Wednesday, St. Valentine’s Day, I had just printed out an article from the CNN website headlined, “Exclusive: Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official’s proposal to deregulate.” Minutes later came news of gunfire at a high school in Parkland, Florida. By nightfall, 17 were dead. Ronald B. Turk,...
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Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Take a Memo, Devin Nunes
Watching the saga of the Nunes Memo and the constant Republican attempts to protect and cover for Donald Trump and his minions, no matter how great the purported crime, I keep thinking back to a 2004 movie that didn’t get the attention it deserved. “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle (“...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Something’s Rotten in the State of the Union
In his State of the Union Tuesday night, Donald Trump called on the Congress “to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” Undermine the public trust? Fail the people? Am I...
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Nevertheless, She Persisted – By the Millions
Back in 2007, just a month and a half after I was first elected president of the Writers Guild of America East, we and our friends and colleagues at the Writers Guild West were plunged into a strike against the networks and studios. For me, it was one hell of an initiation. The strike would last a...
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