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, September 07, 2017
This Sinclair-Tribune Merger Is a Rotten Deal for America
Gather around, everyone, and let me tell you a story about rules. And greed and hypocrisy. Once upon a time in America, there was something called the Fairness Doctrine. Approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1949, this rule insisted that because the airwaves belong to all of us...
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Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017 Views
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Trump Hides Behind the Storm
On 9/11, as the World Trade Center collapsed and the Pentagon was in flames, Jo Moore, an adviser to one of British prime minister Tony Blair’s Cabinet members, sent a short email to her boss’ press office : “It is now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors expenses?” This...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Waiting for a Grown-Up in the White House
This presidency is unconstitutional. The Constitution says you have to be at least 35 to serve in our highest office and our incumbent tantrum-in-a-suit is emotionally 6 years old. On Tuesday, Trump’s evil little twin had returned, backpedaling, whining, reverting to the moral ambiguity of Saturday...
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Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after car plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Views
Monday, August 14, 2017
Charlottesville Goddam
Enough. We have a president who is emotionally challenged and empathy-free, who on Saturday read from a prepared statement of concern and condemnation, incapable of speaking genuinely from the heart, apparently because he knows that those who speak racist hate and commit acts of deadly violence are...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
The Grand Old Party’s Over. Make Way for the Trump Party.
You’ve probably heard the story. It’s said that in ancient Rome, the emperor had a member of the Praetorian Guard who, amid all the pomp and all the accolades, would stand behind him and murmur: “Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.” Sadly, the Little Caesar who currently rules the United States from...
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Aggressive, needy, without logic or reason, Trump continues to rule with ignorance and incoherence, seemingly oblivious to the havoc he causes or maybe just thoroughly enjoying it. Views
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Three Trump Speeches and the Death of a Nation
Donald Trump is not a president but he plays one on TV. And a terrible one at that. Watching him last week during what were, arguably, the worst of many horrible days of this presidency, was to see pure, rampaging id. Aggressive, needy, without logic or reason, Trump continues to rule with...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Hail to Our Flounder in Chief
Fish stinks from the head, as the ancient Greeks first said, and right now there’s a 250-pound flounder stinking up the White House and all those around the place. Mark Shields said it well on the PBS NewsHour Friday night: “Everybody, I can honestly say, with rare exception, who has been...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
That Night the Lights Went Out
Forty years ago this summer, the lights went out. It was July 13, 1977, a hot, muggy night here in Manhattan. Lightning strikes set off a cascade of mechanical failures at Con Edison that plunged virtually the entire city into darkness. Nine million people were without power. Thousands had to be...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
On Wednesday, July 12, Everyone Can Stand Up for Net Neutrality
Just over two years after the Federal Communications Commission, under President Obama, approved rules protecting a free and open internet accessible to all, net neutrality is once again under fire. And once again, the public is being called upon to stand up and fight for freedom of speech...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
In Less Than Six Months, President Trump Proves He's Unfit
A tune was running through my head all this past Fourth of July weekend, and it wasn’t “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” No, the earworm that afflicted me was the opening number from the 1980 musical Barnum , a Broadway extravaganza that glorified the master showman and consummate humbug P.T. Barnum,...
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