The sheer level of mistruths offered by some Baby Boomer celebrities often leaves one in awe.
Oprah – no last name required – is a very competent woman. Conservative traits of hard work, tireless effort, and merit, have allowed her to accomplish what few people, no women and no minorities ever have accomplished before. (She sure didn’t get where she is through affirmative action or set-asides or PC hiring and watching; she is where she is because of her conservative behavior.)
She reaches millions of people every day. She pushes reading on her viewers constantly and has provided a forum from which authors – and readers and children and former non-readers — have greatly benefitted.
But her viewers aren’t stupid.
Oprah often – regularly, in fact, presents America with up-and-coming stars – political as well as entertainment.
Oprah gave Barack Obama a huge push early in his campaign, having him on her show, espousing both his talents and her regard for them. She announced very early in his campaign that she would support, and campaign for Obama. She gave him a large boost to her millions of viewers. She appeared at his campaign events to rally the faithful to his cause. She wrote an article on Obama that appeared in her magazine and still is on her website.
Oprah lives and dies by her ability to land and present to Americans new voices and faces. Once the most popular daytime television show and TV talk show in history, her ratings plummeted following her public endorsement of Obama.
The newest voice and face in politics – during this extraordinary election season, is Sarah Palin.
Yet Oprah would have us believe this:
“There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this Presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates.”
Can we parse the untruths here?
“No discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show.” Please. She expects people to believe this?
This is absurd. Palin is a true political phenom. Evidently the largest fund-raiser for both parties right now (Not only did the RNC take in $1M immediately following Palin’s acceptance speech, the DNC took in $10M.)
The #1 Television host has not had a discussion about the most talked-about personality in America? How dumb does Oprah think we are?
Pretty dumb, I guess.
But the second is truly laughable. Having already had Obama on her show how can she claim with a straight face that she will “not use my show as a platform for any of the candidates.”
OK – what was Obama doing on her show? Twice? Interviewing for a job as Community Organizer in Bel Air?
Oprah gets to choose her guests as she sees fit. She doesn’t need to check with the thought police in the DNC or Huffington Post or NBC, NARAL, PETA, NAACP or anyone else. If she doesn’t want Palin, that’s her call.
Several (bipartisan) reasons, of course, exist for Oprah to have Palin on her show, as detailed here.
But to deny that she has offered a political forum for Obama on her show, and to refuse the same for Palin while justifying her decision as non-political is just silly. Even ABC News is questioning her honesty and bias – and ABC is not exactly a right-leaning media company…
These people actually believe we don’t notice their lies and will accept whatever they say.
Baby Boomer celebrities. Take ‘em. Please.