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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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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Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Take a Memo, Devin Nunes
Watching the saga of the Nunes Memo and the constant Republican attempts to protect and cover for Donald Trump and his minions, no matter how great the purported crime, I keep thinking back to a 2004 movie that didn’t get the attention it deserved. “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle (“...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Something’s Rotten in the State of the Union
In his State of the Union Tuesday night, Donald Trump called on the Congress “to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” Undermine the public trust? Fail the people? Am I...
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Nevertheless, She Persisted – By the Millions
Back in 2007, just a month and a half after I was first elected president of the Writers Guild of America East, we and our friends and colleagues at the Writers Guild West were plunged into a strike against the networks and studios. For me, it was one hell of an initiation. The strike would last a...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
There’s a White House—and GOP—Fungus Among Us
Cruelty and recklessness – those are the two sins of which attorney Joseph Welch accused Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 when, having had enough of the Republican’s redbaiting smears, Welsh famously asked, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” More than sixty years later, we have as president a...
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Tax Bill Is the Grinchiest Christmas Gift Yet
In 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison helped hide the White House’s famous portrait of George Washington from the British when they burned and sacked the capital. But if the current pack of brigands raiding DC has its way, by the time they’re done, that painting and every other piece of government...
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Christmas Comes Early to Dixie
We spent Monday and Tuesday in “Dewey Defeats Truman” mode, fully preparing to write a piece on the election of Republican Roy Moore to the United States Senate. We had even dusted off a 1925 quote from the great H.L. Mencken during his coverage of the Scopes monkey trial in Tennessee in which he...
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet
Over at BillMoyers.com , The Moyers team has been in the fight for net neutrality from the very beginning. Our documentary Net at Risk was perhaps the first on television to alert the nation to the danger of a corporate takeover of the internet. When the mainstream media largely ignored the story,...
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A sign at a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at Oak Hollow Farm on Dec. 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Moore Is Less: Alabama, the Senate and the Nation Will Suffer
Amid all the craziness surrounding Roy Moore’s race for the US Senate and the seeming willingness of Alabama’s likely voters to send a man of such dubious merit and morality to Capitol Hill (where, admittedly, the bar already is pretty damned low), I keep thinking of a line from the Randy Newman...
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Visitors listen to a "living history interpreter," in the old Jerusalem exhibit at the Museum of the Bible which opened to the public on Nov. 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 27, 2017
Once Again, the Right Hijacks That Old-Time Religion
In Babylon-on-the-Potomac recently, the brand new, $500 million Museum of the Bible had its grand opening. Donald Trump did not attend, perhaps fearing a fate like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark when the remnants of the Ten Commandments are unsealed, holy mayhem ensues and miscreants melt like...
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