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, November 16, 2017
Revenge Is a Rotten Way to Run a Country
Looking back at the last tumultuous year, to me, one of the saddest aspects of the Trump candidacy and presidency is that both in part were built from one of the basest of human impulses: revenge. We’re taught that ideally, the desire to run for office should reflect a commitment to public service...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Endless Tax Cut Metaphor
At Monday’s White House press briefing, on the very day that the first two indictments in the Robert Mueller investigation came down and a third Trump campaign adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders chose to open her briefing by reading aloud a lengthy —...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump meet beside a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the Oval Office of the White House on Jan. 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, October 28, 2017
For Trump, Words Are Stupid Things
In Britain late last week, Conservative Member of Parliament Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, described Donald Trump as a “daft twerp.” Not quite the soaring rhetoric of his illustrious forebear but succinct. Trump does have a way with words. Unfortunately, it’s a gruesome way. His...
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Activists marched to the offices of Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand in New York City on Sept. 5, 2017. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 19, 2017
One Nation, In Sickness and in Health
A couple of things observed after successful surgery and a week in the hospital: For reasons seemingly unrelated to your operation, you will find bits of surgical tape attached to odd parts of your body for days after your return home. While confined to your hospital bed, you will hear and say the...
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Mourners gather at the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter from Chicago, placed 58 crosses to honor those who were killed during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2017. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The Evil that Guns Do
In the United States, you will hear madmen insist that: 59 dead and 500 injured in Las Vegas are the price of freedom. 49 dead and 58 wounded in Orlando, Florida, are the price of freedom. 27 dead and 2 injured in Newtown, Connecticut, are the price of freedom. And so it goes. This truly is...
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Donald Trump and Mike Tyson attend a March of Dimes dinner in New York City in November 1989. Views
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Calling Foul on Donald Trump
A post-surgical convalescence has held me captive to the 24/7 news cycle more than usual so I’ve been far too immersed than is healthy in the concurrent sagas of Donald Trump versus the National Football League and the United States Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Hence a couple of thoughts about...
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Sinclair Broadcast Group, the owner of the largest chain of television stations in the nation, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Views
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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