Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams. Previously, he was the Emmy Award-winning senior writer for 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

Articles by this author

Views
Thursday, June 13, 2019
The US Senate of Mitch the Impaler
Comparisons are odious, Shakespeare wrote, and maybe so, but these days, virtually everything to do with Washington has become so foul-smelling that a mere comparison now and then seems like a tiptoe through the tulips. Comparisons: Recently, Donald Trump has been referred to as Fat Nixon, although...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Enough Hesitation, House: Impeach
Like Abraham Lincoln , Benjamin Franklin is one of those great Americans to whom sparkling aphorisms are attributed that may or may not be true. The Internet has only made matters worse. A favorite quote, which I always assumed was Franklin’s, appears not to be, at least as far as I can tell. I...
Read more
President Donald Trump lifts the "President’s Cup" to present it to Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium on Sunday. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) Views
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Trump's Upcoming Yankee Doodle Disaster
Years ago, I was interviewing the college roommate of a famous politician who told the story of being sent to a shop by the pol to pick up a large impressive trophy. It would be presented at an official school dinner that night. Is this for the university president, the roommate asked? No, the...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
A US Foreign Policy in Three Simple Words: Do No Harm
“The global trend is sour.” So says Larry Diamond, senior fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution. That’s putting it mildly. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed , Diamond writes, “Democracy faces a global crisis. We have seen 12 consecutive years of erosion in global...
Read more
Views
Monday, May 13, 2019
The Curse of Donald Trump
I know that everyone’s talking about the final episodes of HBO’s Game of Thro nes and some are comparing our current woes to the battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Hell, even our hopeless tinpot dictator of a president has tweeted GoT memes and in his cabinet room admired a poster of...
Read more
Views
Monday, May 06, 2019
Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, and the Anniversary Waltz
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, the saying goes, but as you get older, milestone years become more significant and resonant, especially if your own memories of them remain vivid. Last year marked the 50 th anniversary of the mindboggling and tumultuous events of 1968, from the Tet offensive in...
Read more
Views
Monday, April 29, 2019
Impeach His Sorry Ass Now
Over the course of my dusty television career, I have from time to time run into situations where a certain Hollywood celebrity type will make a threat—not to do interviews or make public appearances on behalf of a show, for example—unless some egregious demand of his or hers is met. It’s a trap...
Read more
Views
Friday, April 19, 2019
Barr Lies Down With Trump, Wakes Up With Fleas
Ladies and gentlemen, today's Final Jeopardy question in the category Lost Americans: Where was Special Counsel Robert Mueller? He wasn’t standing there at the Department of Justice press conference Thursday morning, despite the fact that the event was about Mueller’s report on Russia, President...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Michael Copps Thinks Trump Is Trying to Put FCC Out of Business
Michael Copps is a former FCC commissioner who at one point served as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. A former deputy assistant and assistant secretary of commerce, he holds a PhD in United States history, is one of our most articulate public interest advocates and currently...
Read more
Views
Monday, April 01, 2019
"Feckless" Trump and the Immigration Maelstrom
In January, I was in Washington for a couple of days and early on a Saturday morning took a Lyft car from Capitol Hill to Georgetown for a meeting with friends. The driver and I began to talk. I know, I know, the chat with the Uber or Lyft driver has become kind of a cliché in this kind of piece...
Read more

Pages