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, December 6, 2016 - 5:30pm
Hillary Clinton’s Inaugural Address
Imagine that a day or two before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Hillary Clinton, as the candidate who received the greatest number of votes — and after a period of personal reflection and evaluation — addresses the nation. My Fellow Americans: On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated...
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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 3:45pm
None of This Is Normal. All of It Is Un-American.
A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country. The other passenger was ostentatiously puffing on a big cigar. My friend pointed to the no smoking sign and...
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Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 11:15am
Add Nov. 9 to the Mornings I’d Rather Forget
I would just as soon forget the morning after my father was nearly killed in a car accident and I heard my sister in her bedroom cry out as our mother told her. I would just as soon forget the morning after my father’s store burned to the ground, set ablaze after someone living next door to it fell...
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 8:30am
Last Stop for Democracy
When I grow up, I want to be Charlie Pierce , who covers politics for Esquire magazine and has toiled in our scrivener’s trade, as far as I can tell, since the late ’70s. I know, technically, he’s a couple of years younger than I am, but he writes with the fierce wit and well-aimed anger to which I...
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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 12:15pm
If Trump Had Been at Gettysburg in 1863
Unbelievable. On Saturday, there was Donald Trump desperately trying to jump on the coattails of Abraham Lincoln by delivering a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the 16 th president’s memorable address, one of the finest, most concise and genuine pieces of rhetoric in American...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:15pm
Watching a Dark Debate From the City of Light
PARIS – If I believed there ever was any chance of escaping the US election by running away to France for a week of business meetings and a little off time, all hope was dashed the moment we stepped into a cab at Charles de Gaulle Airport and the driver immediately started grilling us about Donald...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 8:15am
At Second Debate, A Monster Calls
If there was the tiniest doubt left in your mind that Donald Trump holds no regard for the principles and ideals of a representative democracy — or that he views this country as anything more than a podium for his grandstanding ego, base dictatorial instincts and gutter mentality – Sunday night’s...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 9:00am
La Guardia’s the Name and Boy, Could We Use Him Now
One of the most awkward interviews I ever conducted in my life was with Marie La Guardia, widow of the late three-term mayor of New York City, the legendary Fiorello H. La Guardia. She was 86 at the time. I was researching a project about her husband and arrived at her home in Bronxville, New York...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 8:30am
A Good Night for Hillary Clinton
And so, after all the anticipation, the rampant sports metaphors and the breathless, sensationalized buildup (MSNBC’s headline in the minutes before the event was “Clinton/Trump Showdown”), the first debate is over. Scorecards may be odious, but overall, it has to be said that Hillary Clinton had a...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:30am
The Tracks of John Boehner’s Tears
There are a few certainties in this world: fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, John Boehner’s gotta cry. Remember how a year ago — just a year ago — the former speaker of the House wept when Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress? And then only a couple of days later announced he was...
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