Michael Winship

Michael Winship

Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams. Previously, he was the Emmy Award-winning senior writer for 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, November 15, 2018
This Was No Voting Accident
Here in the West Village, in beautiful downtown Manhattan, Election Day morning was overcast, with an autumn chill and some mist in the air. It was early and I was surprised by the number of people waiting to vote – a line about as long as in 2016 – which was great but seemed a little odd because...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
Vote Against the Litany of Lies
Here’s my closing argument. If you haven’t already, here’s what you do on Tuesday, November 6: Vote. Vote. Vote. If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, I’ll arrange to have an earworm transmitted into your skull that plays nothing but Justin Bieber singing “What Do You Mean?” 24/7. Don’t make me go...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Trump's Trick or Treat
This is not who we are. We are better than this. How many times have we sincerely said this to ourselves, only to hear the words echoed by the very people who help stir the fires of bigotry and violence? Take a look at some of those who sent their “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
In Berlin, Turkish Newsman and Pussy Riot Risk It All for Freedom of Speech
A couple of weeks ago, shortly before the beginning of the 4 th World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin, several of us involved in its organizing were told that toward the end of the second and final day there would be a lot of additional security. And so there was. Suddenly, at the appointed...
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There are constant reminders in Berlin of Germany's violent history, like the white crosses honoring East Berliners shot while trying to escape or the big sign at Checkpoint Charlie announcing, "You are leaving the American sector" in four languages. (Photo: Michael Winship/CD) Views
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Doubt It Can Happen Here? Tell It to Berlin
BERLIN—On the last full day of two weeks spent in this city, the requisite visit was paid to Checkpoint Charlie, the spot at the Berlin Wall where, from 1961 to 1989, allied forces and other foreigners crossed the uneasy border between East and West Berlin. (Germans had designated checkpoints of...
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East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate on November 11th, 1989.(Photo: AP/Lionel Cironneau) Views
Monday, October 08, 2018
In Germany and America, Invisible Walls
Visiting Berlin for two weeks, and in the evening I go to bed in a small hotel room, tuning the radio to a German-language station. I understand barely a word but it features a strangely compelling, eclectic mix of Bach, Brubeck and Tim Buckley, unfortunately sometimes interrupted by electronic...
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High school pictures of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Views
Friday, September 28, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh, the All-American Privileged Boy
Thursday’s Senate hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh brought back memories. Many moons ago, I was an undergraduate at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. From the start, I was struck at the number of classmates who had come from the same high...
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Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley doing his damnedest to make any hearing confrontation between Kavanaugh and his accuser—if it happens—as limited and belittling to her as possible.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
The Grumpy Old Men of the Senate: Time for This Movie to Fade to Black
Call me a sentimental fool (pipe down out there) but I keep waiting for the big Frank Capra moment that rationally, I know may never come – you know, like the climax of Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington when the corrupt, patrician senator played by Claude Rains, finally undone by the truth told...
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Monday, September 17, 2018
The "No IDC NY" State of Mind
Part of my awkward youth was spent in service of the New York State Democratic Party, an act of true hubris if you grew up, as I did, in rural upstate, where it was easier being a Menshevik than a Democrat. So solidly Republican was my small hometown back then that when the local Democratic...
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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Where Do We Get Such Men?
Back in 2004, I was involved in giving John McCain an award for his stand against media consolidation. There were several times after that when something outrageous he said or voted for or against made me regret I’d ever been involved! But say what you will about him—and so much has been said and...
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