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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Thursday, July 12, 2018
I Yearn for a Society in Which Civility Rules, But These Are Not Civil Times
A number of years ago, at the height of the whole Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky insanity, a certain someone figuring prominently in the right’s exploitation of the scandal occasionally lunched with friends of theirs at a restaurant where I hung out on a near daily basis. To those of us who were...
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Friday, June 22, 2018
Trump’s Mean Boy Nation
Our “I alone can fix it” president has gotten us in another fix, all right. Of course, whenever he screws up big time, Mister I Alone starts blaming everyone but Mister I Alone. He had admitted as much the other day when he was in Singapore for his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and...
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"The sum total of Trump’s trade policy, such as it is, ranks as so ill-informed, fickle and inchoate that the only result can be recrimination and chaos." (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, June 07, 2018
When It Comes to The Economy, Trump Keeps Two Sets of Books
The May jobs numbers were good last week – so swell, in fact, that our putative president couldn’t resist hinting about them in an early morning tweet Friday morning, a major breach of confidentiality and protocol that instantly affected Treasury yields – basically, the interest rate at which the...
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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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