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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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 2:45pm
Drone Warfare and the Kill Chain
When Donald Rumsfeld became George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense, a few months before 9/11, his intent was to institute a new doctrine of warfare known as “transformation.” He planned to change the military into a high-tech force that he believed would be smaller, faster, less expensive and more...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:15am
This Election’s Teaching Our Kids Bad Habits
On the day before Easter, PEZ Candy USA had to cancel its annual egg hunt in Orange, Connecticut. Adults rushed the fields where the eggs and candy had been put out, pushing aside and trampling the little ones in a mad scramble to grab the goodies for their own children. Noses bled, tears were shed...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm
Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn’t Really Free
You might wonder what the connection is between a friendly game of golf last summer in Martha’s Vineyard and the Panama Papers. Read on. As anyone who hasn’t been in a cave – or otherwise away from the Internet — knows, last week the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International...
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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 1:00pm
A Bird, A Plane? No, It’s Superdelegates!
Last week, our suggestion that Hillary Clinton call for the resignations of her pals Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz got a big response. But a few people misunderstood what we were saying. Some thought Bill Moyers and I were calling for...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 5:30pm
Time for These Two Democrats to Go
There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service. Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it happens, is about the future, and not about resurrecting and ratifying the worst...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 8:15am
The GOP Elites Have Themselves to Blame
From their “Dark Money” bagman Karl Rove to their philosophical guru David Brooks , the GOP elites are in a tizzy over saving the Republican Party from Donald Trump and the other intruders, extremists and crackpots who have fallen in behind Trump as if he were the Pied Piper of Hamelin. But who...
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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:30am
When the Poetry of Campaigning Becomes a Cheesy, Dirty Limerick
For a politician or a journalist, there was a time when citing the classics — as long as it wasn’t done in a pedantic or pompous manner — was a mark of wisdom and experience. If a candidate or reporter does it today, there’s a good chance they’ll be trolled and ridiculed for high-handed pretension...
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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:00am
Does Mitch McConnell Really Give a Damn About the Supreme Court?
Many years ago, I worked on a documentary about the how and why of political TV ads. The primary focus was on two media consultants: the late Bob Squier, a Democrat; and Bob Goodman, Republican. One ad of which Goodman was especially proud was for a fellow in Kentucky running against Todd...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 3:45pm
Maybe It IS a Single-Issue Election
Maybe it’s that 50,000-year-old, Neanderthal DNA scientists say a lot of us possess, but this feels like the most brutal, vicious and mendacious political year since the days when politicians traded jugs of corn whiskey for votes, fought duels, and flagellated opponents to near death with canes ...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 8:15am
ExxonMobil – More than Fifty Proud Years of Melting Glaciers!!
From the Department of “Time Makes Ancient Good Uncouth” comes this historical oddity, a double page advertisement from the February 2, 1962, issue of LIFE magazine (which featured a helmeted John Glenn on the cover as he prepared to become the first American astronaut to orbit the earth). The ad,...
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