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Michael Winship is senior writer of Moyers & Company on public television, senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos, and president of the Writers Guild of America, East.

Entries by Michael Winship

Why Ferguson's About Net Neutrality, Too

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:30 AM

At the end of the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart, as Senator Jefferson Smith, is in the midst of his filibuster against the corruption of the political machine that sent him to Capitol Hill as their lackey. Now he knows the truth and he's taken over the...

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Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:05 PM

In August 1974, forty years ago this week, commentator Alistair Cooke faced a dilemma. The events of the Watergate scandal - "a Laurel and Hardy absurdity in the beginning," Cooke recalled - had snowballed since 1972 from a farce of botched burglary into a severe constitutional crisis, and events were...

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Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

(58) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Imagine the official presentation of a worldview concocted by conspiracy theorists and an assortment of cranks and grumpy people. Conjure a document written by scribes possessed of poison pens soaked in the inkpots of Ayn Rand and the Brothers Grimm, caught in the grip of a dark dystopian fantasy of...

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Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:27 AM

A nostalgic London trip reminds that the power of money in politics corrupts both our democracies.

For a very good reason, this year my girlfriend Pat and I were in London for the Fourth of July. The British feigned indifference to the anniversary of our breakaway, like disappointed...

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How DC's Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Looking over the last few weeks of news, if you would seek a single headline that sums up the Hulk-like grip in which corporate America holds the US Congress, this might be it: "Eric Cantor's Loss a Blow to Wall Street."

So wrote The Wall Street Journal, that Pravda of...

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What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia

(15) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Previously published on BillMoyers.com.

As fears grow of a widening war across the Middle East, fed by reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) envisions a region-wide, all controlling theocracy, we found ourselves talking about another war. The Great War -- or World War I,...

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Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

(748) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:03 AM

This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes.

First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by irrational fury, much of it perpetrated with guns obtained legally in the hands of someone...

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Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

(12) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 9:13 AM

I love a parade. And in the small upstate New York town in the Finger Lakes where I grew up there were not enough of them as far as I was concerned.

There was the occasional special event: a parade to honor the Scottish racer Malcolm Campbell the summer he...

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The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

In a packed meeting room -- from which a handful of vocal protesters was ejected -- the majority of commissioners approved a so-called Notice of...

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Still Time to Speak Your Mind on Net Neutrality

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:11 PM

"Occupy Maine Avenue" may not have quite the same zing as "Occupy Wall Street," but protesters camped outside the Federal Communications Commission's headquarters on Maine Avenue in southwest Washington, D.C., are just as determined to be seen and heard as those who set up camp in Manhattan's Financial District in...

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Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

(26) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:16 AM

Previously published on BillMoyers.com

Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president.

We have to ensure [a] free and full exchange of information and that starts with an open...
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Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

(41) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Our tax dollars are subsidizing both the fast-food workers who need the help and the companies' CEOs who don't.

Bad enough that the empty calories of many a fast-food meal have all the nutritional value of a fingernail paring. Even worse, the vast profits this industry pulls in are lining...

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Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:30 AM

As the US Senate holds its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets -- it's useful to get a look at how our elected officials have benefitted from the largesse of...

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Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

(119) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 7:04 AM

Here on our whimsical island off the coast of the Eastern Seaboard, we have a company called Manhattan Mini Storage that is as famous for the semi-snarky wit of its billboards and subway posters as it is for the spaces it rents to we New Yorkers who live in apartments...

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Remembering Tony Benn and His Five Little Questions

(11) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 7:58 AM

Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy.

Tony Benn...

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Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Previously published on BillMoyers.com.

On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at SXSW, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Speaking from Russia, it was Snowden's first public address to people in the United States since he fled the country last June and...

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Liberals Face a Hard Day's Knight?

(9) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:13 AM

That's a pretty pathetic knight up there on the cover of the March issue of Harper's Magazine. Battered and defeated, his shield in pieces, he's slumped and saddled backwards on a Democratic donkey that has a distinctly woeful -- or bored, maybe -- countenance. It's the magazine's sardonic way of...

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The Beatles on Sullivan: You Say You Want a Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Just to briefly buzz in on this weekend's whir of nostalgia around the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show: As many have noted, it was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air,...

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Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

(214) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 7:21 AM

Previously published on BillMoyers.com.

There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law, named after Mike Godwin, the Internet lawyer and activist who first came up with it. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to...

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Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend...

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