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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"Public TV touts itself as an independent voice – prove it. Take the big step. If you're serious, as you have said, about offering coverage on as many platforms as possible, then make one of those platforms the regular PBS broadcast stations that our nation knows and even loves." Views
Saturday, November 09, 2019
Our Point Remains: PBS Should Broadcast Impeachment Hearings in Primetime
Okay, let’s be clear. The ad we took in this past Friday’s edition of The New York Times and an accompanying essay asked that PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, do the right thing for the American people, the people PBS was created to serve. Abandon your usual main schedule when the House...
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Richard Nixon announces his resignation from the White House, 9th August 1974. (Photo: Dirck Halstead/Liaison/via Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 08, 2019
A Message to PBS: Televise the Trump Impeachment Hearings for All to See
UPDATE: After it was reported Friday afternoon that PBS, in addition to its live coverage, will air upcoming Trump impeachment hearings across its digital platforms as well as re-airing them at prime time on its digital channel WORLD, carried by 157 public television stations (covering 64.4% of US...
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US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, September 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 31, 2019
United Kingdom—Brexit or No Brexit—Our Donald Trumps Your Boris
Sorry, Britain, we win. And believe me, I’m sorrier about that than I can say. Because from where I sit, our criminal president, Cheeto Benito Trump, has got your dissembling, cheating Boris Johnson beat by a corrupt mile. Or corrupt kilometer, depending on the country. Yes, your Brexit crisis is...
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Our Mad Dog President—and His Bible-Thumping Kennel Pals
“I have done nothing to harm these people but they are angered with me, so what do they do, doctor up some income tax, for which they have no case… to harass a peaceful man.” You could be excused for thinking that Donald Trump spoke these words of self-pity. In fact, they’re from Robert de Niro,...
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Monday, September 30, 2019
Healthcare Reformer Wendell Potter: The For-Profit 'System Is Unraveling'
With the word “whistleblower” spinning through news cycle after news cycle these last few days, every headline about Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine is a powerful reminder that the whistleblower is a proud tradition in the United States, one that merits our support and protection. Throughout our...
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Democratic Debate's Top Ten in Texas
Well, as CNN’s Jake Tapper told Stephen Colbert Thursday night after the Democratic presidential debate, one thing’s for certain: Beto O’Rourke isn’t leaving the race to run for the US Senate from Texas. Not after what he said about guns. “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he...
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Monday, September 09, 2019
Is Labor Coming Back to Life?
This past Saturday was the annual Labor Day Parade in New York City. They don’t have it on the actual holiday anymore – too many people are more interested in a long, late summer weekend in the mountains or at the beach. And yet the parade itself is a grand celebration of unions, even if in recent...
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Please Shut Up, Mr. President, and Read Some Books
Amidst a roiling hurricane and another fusillade of Texas gunshots, like many, I was struck by a statement in the new memoir, Call Sign Chaos , written by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis with former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West. Both men began their careers of public...
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David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. (Photo: Rick Loomis/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 26, 2019
Trump’s Entire Worldview Is a Nut Job Conspiracy Theory
Once upon a time, when I first was writing for newspapers and magazines, because I was the junior guy in the rotation, one of my many beats was the conspiracy theorists—in those days, mostly small, cult-like groups with some truly bizarre ideas. One Thanksgiving weekend, I was assigned to cover a...
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Couple Sleeping on Car at Woodstock, 1969. (Photo: Bettmann / Getty) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Fifty Years After Woodstock, We Are Caught in the Devil’s Bargain
The 16 th century theologian John Calvin remarked that if you went to every cathedral in Europe and took away all the pieces of the true cross of Christ they claimed to possess, you'd have enough wood to fill a ship. Similarly, if you took all the people who claim they were at Woodstock fifty years...
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