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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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 3:00pm
Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 3:30pm
Both Parties Agree: Selling Out Is Worth It
Pity poor Washington. No doubt breaking the hearts of elected and appointed government officials, their staffs and hangers-on, the Open Secrets blog at the Center for Responsive Politics reports that the “influence industry appears to be contracting, and the trend continued in 2015.” But before you...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 8:45am
Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It’s Not Your Election!
David Brooks is a worried man. Like many establishment Republicans, the conservative columnist for The New York Times sees the barbarians pouring through the gates and fears for both his party and the republic. Hail, Trump! Hail, Cruz! It’s enough to send a sober centrist dashing through the Forum...
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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:15am
Tell the Truth about Bernie’s Health Care Stand
The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake. They sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea out on behalf of her mother to bash Senator Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care. What’s so wrong with that? Don’t all candidates use family surrogates when and where they can? The Kennedys...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 2:30pm
GOP Tickles the Dragon’s Tail
On May 21, 1946, less than a year after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, physicist Louis Slotin performed a dangerous experiment his colleagues at Los Alamos called “tickling the dragon’s tail.” He took two half-spheres of beryllium, each containing a plutonium core, and...
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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:30am
With the New Year, the American Parade of Politics and Prejudice Marches On
Philadelphia, Cradle of Liberty and City of Brotherly Love, was anything but on New Year’s Day. Visiting with family, we’d all decided to meet up at the annual Mummers’ Parade. Now, it is well established that I am an unabashed lover of parades both as spectator and participant , having marched in...
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Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:45am
The Christmas Day that Peace Broke Out
Last Friday night, I went to a small off-Broadway theater to see an engaging, poignant one-man show about the Christmas Truce of 1914. The title was Our Friends, the Enemy , written and performed by a young British actor named Alex Gwyther. I felt bad for him; the theater was only about a third...
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Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 9:30am
Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits
Television news has gone off its rocker and turned our politics into the equivalent of a freak show’s hall of mirrors. The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 4:15pm
This Ominous Omnibus Bill Is a Holiday Giveaway to the Wealthy
There is an unwritten rule in Congress that before you do even a little for the working class you must do a lot for the donor class. So while the $1.1 trillion — yes, that’s a “t” — budget bill now winding its way to passage contains some tax breaks for low-income workers, in reality, it’s a...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 9:45am
The House Sinatra Lived In
As concerts and other celebrations mark the 100 th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth on December 12, I have two potent memories: one personal, the other from a time at the end of World War II when he embraced the all-American principles of equality and tolerance — religious and racial — even in...
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