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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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A Couple of Things About Jimmy Breslin
Last Wednesday, I sat down to write a piece about the late Jimmy Breslin , the newspaper columnist whose blunt yet eloquent and crafted prose captured New York and its environs as no one has since Damon Runyon. Jimmy died a little more than a week ago and I wanted to say a few words to note — as so...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil
There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
'There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air'
Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee was proof positive of the absolute need for both a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena power to conduct a full investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian intelligence — as well as Russia’...
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Monday, March 20, 2017
The Trump GOP Prescription for America: Don’t Get Sick
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump still insists he’s going to Make America Great Again! Mind you, it won’t be a healthy or vigorous America — in fact, it will be coughing and wheezing to the grave, but boy, will it be great! If you ever needed further evidence that Trump doesn’t give a single...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins
At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-campus speakers covering the ideological waterfront. In one instance, the student body was addressed by...
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. Donald J. Trump
Assume for a moment, as many have suggested, that the whole Trump/Putin/Russia calamity is a deliberate distraction, a deflection to shift our gaze from the destruction of government and democratic principles that Trump, Bannon and their cohort — aided and abetted by a compliant Congress — seem...
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Saturday, March 04, 2017
If Sessions Had Nothing to Hide, Why Did He Try to Hide it?
There’s something out there that has a lot of people scared, but no one’s telling the full story. Yet. For months and weeks, bits and pieces of the continuing saga of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence and its influence on the 2016 elections have been dribbling out, thanks to leaks...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
A Fish Called Bannon
Whenever I read or hear something White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says or thinks, I’m reminded of Otto, the character Kevin Kline plays in A Fish Called Wanda . You know, the self-proclaimed ex-CIA hit man who believes he’s super-intelligent but really, really isn’t? It finally takes...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Republicans, Where’s the Backbone?
Congressional Republicans, we watched you at the White House Thursday. Just before Donald Trump’s rambling, manic, often snarky press conference — delivered more in the manner of a churlish insult comic than leader of the free world — the president met with a group of you, a self-titled “Trump...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
We Must Know the Truth
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there MUST be an investigation by an independent, bipartisan commission of Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates and that nation’s interference in our elections. Emphasize independent and bipartisan. That commission must have full subpoena...
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