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Michael Winship

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Recent articles by Michael:

Our Fake Commander-in-Chief Steps on a Landmine—Again

Reading the latest story about Donald Trump’s grievous insults to the military, I thought of a scene that was cut from the original version of The Godfather.It comes right after the big wedding that opens the movie. Don Vito Corleone and his sons go to the hospital where his consigliere Genco Abbandando is dying (Robert Duvall’s character Tom Hagen will succeed him). As they → Read More

For Trump and GOP, No Hope, Just the Audacity of Lies

During the first Clinton term, I worked on the public TV series In Performance at the White House.One of our episodes was an Aretha Franklin concert on the South Lawn. The show was great. It goes without saying what a remarkable talent she was. But Ms. Franklin was demanding, too. At one point she insisted we shoot her in a designer ballgown as she made a grand entrance, → Read More

Don’t Let This Mad, Manic President Wear You Down

The GOP convention reminds us that this freakshow of mayhem can exhaust and distract from the mission at hand... Today’s conjugation lesson: I am worn out, you are worn out, we all are worn out. → Read More

Stamp Out the Trump Attacks on Our Postal Service!

As one of our most august Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin would tell Donald Trump to go fly a kite. And hope for a major electrical storm. Then Ben would advise Trump to keep his mitts off our post office.By all accounts, Franklin was a smart and charming fellow, the kind of 18th century raconteur with whom you’d like to sit around a tavern fire and quaff a hot buttered → Read More

Covid-19 'Has Laid Bare' the Crisis of Healthcare in America

Time flies. Hard to believe that it was twelve years ago that healthcare reform activist Wendell Potter left his job as head of corporate communications at Cigna and shortly after, loudly blew the whistle on the gross malpractices of the health insurance industry that had employed him. | By Michael Winship → Read More

It's Easy to Laugh at Louie Gohmert. But...

The Texas congressman's a dangerous fool, like the president he so admires... A few years ago, while I was president of the Writers Guild of America, East, several union members and I went down to Washington to hold a midday briefing on Capitol Hill about net neutrality. → Read More

‘Making the court jester the king’: Why Donald Trump truly is ‘the world’s most dangerous man’ – A

Watching the news from Portland, Oregon, where night after night anonymous Federal forces in combat gear and camouflage continued to go after protesters with tear gas, flashbangs, rubber bullets and batons, doing their damnedest to make a tough situation worse, I was again reminded of a simple fact. → Read More

November is coming — and Trump’s bungling is finally creating cracks in his support – A

Listening to Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus briefings this week, his first in 90 days, I remembered an old joke: Doctor: There’s good news and bad news. Patient: What’s the bad news? Doctor: We amputated the wrong leg. Patient: Oh my god! What’s the good news? Doctor: The other → Read More

Why the Federal Cops in Portland Are All About Election Day

A couple of days before the Fourth of July, I was walking home after a proper, socially distanced outdoor breakfast with a good friend, and noticed on my lower Manhattan block two white sedans marked in red and blue, “US Department of Homeland Security.”I thought it was odd. I’d never seen them in my neighborhood before, and what especially struck me was that the cars each had → Read More

What George Floyd’s Dying Breaths Tell Our Fractured Nation

For writers like me, one of the soundest pieces of advice over the last week came from columnist and film historian Mark Harris, who tweeted on Saturday, “I am calling on all my white colleagues to join me in a 24-hour moratorium on personal essays about our feelings.” | By Michael Winship → Read More

No Justice, No Peace, No Leader at the Top

As I write this from lower Manhattan, helicopters hover overhead as they have for the last several nights, media and police watching from above to see where peaceful protesters are marching and gathering, while looking for possible arson or other vandalism initiated by the few whose anger or opportunism chooses to do harm or just generate chaos. Sometimes this is symbolic—rage → Read More

The pandemic proves this president is the enemy of the people

I keep fantasizing about a moment in Washington like the one at the end of The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy accidentally throws water on the Wicked Witch of the West. The witch melts and suddenly the evil spell she’s cast on all her creepy guardsmen and flying monkeys is broken. They snap out of it and → Read More

The Trump delusion: Comparisons of the president to historic leaders are a laugh riot

In this Age of COVID, there was a time long, long ago—about six weeks past!—when Donald Trump began referring to himself as “a wartime president." He isn’t saying it much anymore. Maybe because his naptime was being haunted by the derisive ghostly laughter of Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Fran → Read More

Never Have So Few Done So Much to Destroy America

Comparing Trump to Winston Churchill is a laugh riot... In this Age of COVID, there was a time long, long ago—about six weeks past!—when Donald Trump began referring to himself as “a wartime president."He isn’t saying it much anymore. Maybe because his naptime was being haunted by the derisive ghostly laughter of Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. → Read More

Mission Imperative: Come November, Trump Must Go

There must be one mission above all, one goal supreme: Vote this monster out of the White House. And along with him, tow to the nearest dump the clown car of malefactors who gave him license to cripple our republic.Donald Trump’s defeat and the defeat of those in Congress who have enabled him with nary a word of protest are Priorities Number 1 through 100. Focus. Don’t be → Read More

Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes through America

Today’s pandemic alters our tradition of protest and dissent... There are certain events in the life of the nation we revisit whenever there’s a significant anniversary. The assassination of President Kennedy, 9/11, the moon landing, even Woodstock—these are iconic milestones we think are worthy of remembrance and reflection—especially because so many of us experienced them together. → Read More

Trump’s public displays of erratic behavior are symptomatic of a country that’s gone off the rails – A

What's the smartest thing Donald Trump could say to the American people right now? I mean, other than, "I resign." How about, "I'm sorry?" Back in the day, three-time New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia admitted, "When I make a mistake, it's a beaut,"and voters loved him for his seeming hum → Read More

‘Pandemic Apprentice’: Deprived of rallies to inflate his ego, Trump muscles in on sickness and death – A

As we all know, Donald J. Trump sees the entire world as one big television show—about him. Everything is weighed against the success of his former NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” and frankly, as far as Trump’s concerned, the world just isn’t measuring up. Nearly 2.5 million afflicted globally → Read More

Live from Planet Television, Donald Trump – Every Night!

As we all know, Donald J. Trump sees the entire world as one big television show—about him. Everything is weighed against the success of his former NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” and frankly, as far as Trump’s concerned, the world just isn’t measuring up.Nearly 2.5 million afflicted globally, and 170,000 deaths? Nearly 750,000 sick in the United States and more than 42,000 → Read More

As Coronavirus Rages On, Trump Junks Your Mail and Attacks the Postal Service

In our last episode, mail had finally arrived at my building in downtown Manhattan after many days without, all because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 at my local post office.The delivery included a bombastic fundraising letter from the National Republican Congressional Committee under the name of Mike Pence excoriating Nancy Pelosi and the evils of socialism, a → Read More