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, May 25, 2017
Kick Donald Trump’s Circus Out of Town
I’m increasingly convinced that the real reason Ringling Bros. has gone out of business is that when it comes to circuses, the Trump White House was just too much competition. For sure, it’s a sordid extravaganza with a lot more than three rings. The high wire acts alone are worth the price of...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
The Internet Won’t Let Armenia Go Away
Here’s a different kind of story about media and politics. It demonstrates how the monstrosity of a crime a century old still divides and scorches the world. And it’s one more example of how digital technology is changing geopolitics at every level, from interfering with other nation’s elections to...
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
In a Time of Madness, Sally Yates Is a Profile in Courage
Let us now praise a class act. Amidst the turmoil of another chaotic week in Trump world, the Comey firing and a pandemic of Washington spinelessness, there was a certain righteous symmetry that occurred Sunday night and Monday afternoon. On Sunday, former President Barack Obama received the 2017...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
We Must Have a Special Prosecutor
So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Stop laughing. Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice. "Trump takes us for chumps." In this case, he signs the...
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Saturday, May 06, 2017
America’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat Boys
This just in: Health care is not a game. It’s a matter life or death for millions and millions of Americans. But you sure wouldn’t know it from watching Donald Trump and House Republicans celebrate their narrow victory on Thursday. The House managed to pass a bill, the American Health Care Act (...
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Don’t Know Much About History
Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual. Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many members of the press weren’t buying it. When Tunney published a volume titled A Man Must...
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Forget Andrew Jackson. The Right Thinks Trump Is Calvin Coolidge!
Republican Calvin Coolidge, who in 1923 ascended to the presidency following the death of the corrupt and dunderheaded Warren Harding, was a man of few words. But some of the most famous of the few were, “The chief business of the American people is business.” Donald Trump, on the other hand, is...
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
At Sea With Capt. ‘Wrong Way’ Trump
Baby boomers like me fondly remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of childhood (and adulthood, for that matter — in their grown-up jokes and cultural references they presaged The Simpsons by a good 25 years and are still pretty hilarious). You may particularly recall one Rocky and Bullwinkle...
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Monday, April 17, 2017
The Waters of Trump’s Washington Are Dark and Deep
Years ago, I worked for a wealthy television executive in Washington, DC, who had a posh Georgetown townhouse with a courtyard. In the center of his courtyard was a small fountain, and he became obsessed with getting hold of a certain dye for it that the National Park Service used in fountains and...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Donald Trump’s ‘Measured Response’
Oh my, Chinese President Xi Jinping and that darned airstrike against Syria sure had all the members in a tizzy last week at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Florida pleasure dome. Palm Beach Daily News society editor Shannon Donnelly breathlessly reported that for security reasons linked to Jinping’s...
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