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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President Donald Trump gestures after delivering his inaugural address on the West Front of the US Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Views
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 9:00am
At Trump Inauguration, His Hollow Rhetoric Collides with Reality
Throughout the campaign and the transition period leading up to the Inauguration, whenever Donald Trump was caught lying or tweeting something outrageous we were told by his acolytes that we should ignore his words and instead pay attention to his deeds. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s Queen of Bull, who...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 8:30am
We Cannot Wait for History to Judge. We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now.
Over the holidays, John Farrell, author of an upcoming biography of Richard Nixon, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times confirming what many of us have known for nearly 50 years: In the fall of 1968, Nixon, the Republican candidate for president, deliberately torpedoed President Lyndon...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:30am
Yertle, the Commander-in-Chief
Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat , Horton Hears a Who! Bartholomew and the Oobleck — all, for better or worse, played a role in my early childhood...
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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 8:30am
Protest Stopped the Predators. They Will Be Back.
Mark Twain noted that man is the only animal that blushes — or needs to. He also believed that “public office is private graft.” Those two observations from our greatest and most sagacious humorist intersected with a bang on Capitol Hill Monday night, when the bright lights of the Republican House...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 4:15pm
An Unexpected Lesson from Pearl Harbor
The recent 75 th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor reminded me of the visit I made ten years ago and something curious that happened while I was there. I was on the way to my nephew and godson’s wedding in Kauai and stopped overnight in Honolulu expressly to visit the scene of the Dec. 7,...
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Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 11:45am
Trumped by Putin
It is very likely now that Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Jan. 20, in no small part because of the direct intervention in and manipulation of the American electoral process by Vladimir Putin, Russia’s strongman who rose to power as a ruthless agent of the KGB...
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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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