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Oprah is Pro Woman Except in Sarah Palin's Case

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Oprah responds:

"The item in today's Drudge Report is categorically untrue. 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. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over."

And along with Oprah's statement, Drudge includes this photo of Obama being interviewed on Oprah's show.

obama oprah.jpg

I don't know when he was on the show, but if it was after he declared his candidacy for president, then she's made herself out to be a liar.

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Oprah is an Obama girl, but you'd think as a brilliant business woman she'd take advantage of hosting Sarah Palin for the ratings bonanza, but she decided to walk away. Her staff, according to Drudge, is divided on the issue.

Update: Drudge has more information:

Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!

Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains. "Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."

One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.

Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.

Developing...

Oprah is turning into a political hack for Obama. Her viewers aren't going to allow her to separate her political self from her show self because Oprah's audience loves her because she's portrayed herself as being authentic, that she's one of them. If Oprah keeps this up, she may be seen as a fraud.

Lorie adds: Oprah's message boards are hopping!


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Comments (48)

Oprah is smart. Sarah woul... (Below threshold)
epador:

Oprah is smart. Sarah would have her field dressed before the first commercial.

Maybe Oprah is racist too?<... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Maybe Oprah is racist too?

If ahhm-bama is as great as she claims he is, why wouldnt she have Sarah on?

You'd also think she'd have... (Below threshold)

You'd also think she'd have Clarence Thomas on her show, but alas, he doesn't pass the litmus test either.

The simple fact is Oprah is... (Below threshold)
Yirmin Snipe:

The simple fact is Oprah is black first and everything else is second to that. There seems to be a lot of that in Black America... recall Marion Barry, it didn't matter to the Black majority in Washington DC that he was a crack smocking crook.. he was black... so they voted on color. You got hint of it with JC Watts when talking about Obama... he wont come out and say the guy is a mistake he all but endorses him, not because they share the same views on anything but because they are both black... With Oprah it isn't a surprise. If a homeless drunk just our of prison were running and he was black Oprah would be giving support. My only response is, not to watch Oprah or support anything she produces - take a stand against racists and say no to Oprah.

Snipe,I would say bl... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Snipe,
I would say black liberal first, not merely black. Ask Clarence Thomas, Larry Elders, Steele, Rice etc when the last time the "masses" rallied behind them because of racial identity.

It is not clear if Oprah... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Yeah, just like watching Jaws has softened her position on swimming in the ocean...

More from blabbering libera... (Below threshold)
Seasick Seagull:

More from blabbering liberal mindless liberals like ORPHANED WINDFREAK

Oprah isn't pro woman, Opra... (Below threshold)
Bernie X.:

Oprah isn't pro woman, Oprah is pro Oprah. She is pro woman when it is to her advantage. However, she is racist. Look at the color of the people that work for her, and their positions. How many white girls attend the Oprah school? Examine closely her favorite charitable organizations and then decide if she is really a humanitarian.

Why in the world would Sara... (Below threshold)
broxie:

Why in the world would Sarah Palin set herself up by agreeing to appear on that elderly old flack's daytime sobfest?

Oprah is a racist!... (Below threshold)
Rithere:

Oprah is a racist!

Take a look at her ratings.... (Below threshold)
John S:

Take a look at her ratings. Her dwindling audience is catching on.

Sarah Palin is such a force... (Below threshold)
Nazzy:

Sarah Palin is such a force, Oprah is afraid to have her on her show! This really helps Palin's credibility and certainly lowers Oprah's.

Oprah is abusing women by t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Oprah is abusing women by taking advantage of their trust in her. She is no worse then the other parasites that frequent her show. ww

Take a look at her ratin... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Take a look at her ratings. Her dwindling audience is catching on.

Are her ratings dropping? Good. (I've always thought she was over rated for years now.)
Is there somewhere that lists or graphs out ratings for the various shows?

Drudge has a history of try... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Drudge has a history of trying to create stories.

Does Sarah Palin WANT to be on Oprah? Has she ever expressed the desire to be on Oprah? Ask Sarah about it.

Oprah gives advice on relat... (Below threshold)
Gina:

Oprah gives advice on relationships, but has a boy friend who is a door mat ... gives advice on marriage, but has never been married ... gives advice on child rearing, but has no children ... gives advice on Obama, but was a member of Jeremiah Wright's anti-American racist church for several years. Now, her white women's audience, which made Oprah rich, wants to know more about Sarah Palin, but Oprah says NO !!!

That's it ..... I'm turning... (Below threshold)
LaMano:

That's it ..... I'm turning off Oprah.

Oooops, I guess it's not possible having never turned it on.

It took a bit to track down... (Below threshold)
No One of Consequence:

It took a bit to track down, but it appears Obama was on Oprah in October 2006.

Did a Google search for "Ob... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Did a Google search for "Obama Oprah interview"

Op. is a shameless cheerleader for Ob.

Yet even that is an understatement. The last time I saw someone that gone for a 'great leader', it was Manson Family clips from the news. truly scary.

Not hard to track down; tha... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Not hard to track down; that's what imdb is for:

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" .... Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 18 October 2006 (2006) TV episode .... Himself
- Episode dated 19 January 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Himself

Here's the interesting look... (Below threshold)
JohnMc:

Here's the interesting look at this...

The story here is that the Republican VICE-Presidential Nominee is looked at as the same equal billing to the Democratic Presidential Nominee! Obama = Palin, Not Obama = McCain.

Why isn't she saying that she would have McCain on before Palin? She's not; she's saying that I will only have Obama (and Biden) on until after the election. This reveals that she doesn't care about being fair and balanced as she has been in years past.

This story and her TV ratings will be a great true indicator to see if Palin has begun to take a significant amount of the "women's vote". If the big O's ratings start to slip, then it could be an indicator to an upswing of McCain votes. Something to keep an eye on...

So Oprah is racist and sexi... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

So Oprah is racist and sexist. No surprise there, most black women are.

In October of 06, Obama had... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

In October of 06, Obama hadn't formally announced yet, but was well into the development work prior to the February 10 announcement that he was going to run.

Oprah... jumping... shark..... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Oprah... jumping... shark...

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

She had Obama on twice. I ... (Below threshold)

She had Obama on twice. I believe, however, both interviews were before he publicly announced his candidacy.
Yes, it's biased, but it is her show, and I don't think a talk show is obligated to at least make an effort to appear unbiased in the same way a news program is.

Oprah sucks...ever since sh... (Below threshold)
BabsNJ:

Oprah sucks...ever since she backed Obama, I refuse to watch her show, buy her trashy Mag. She makes me sick. I wonder what % of her audience is white vs. black, liberal vs. conservative. I was a Hillary supporter big time but now I will vote for McCain and even though I am pro-choice (restricted pro-choice), I am so pissed about the sexist media, I will jump ship. Oprah's ego is almost as huge as Obama's.

I wonder if this is a bit o... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

I wonder if this is a bit of payback/jiu jitsu by Drudge (perhaps with a "tip" from the McCain camp, natch) for the disgusting way in which the media flogged Palin's family immediately following her announcement as Veep?

You know, throw a story out there and force the other party to respond.

Now avowed Barry-O supporter Harpo must issue a press release: I support Barry and I'm not haveing any (of the) other candidates on until after the election. Kind of reinforces the media bias drumbeat...

Wait a week to trot her out on The View - without a list of taboo topics that shant be discussed like Mrs. Barry-O brought - then snicker as Sarah kills and they pull in their highest ratings EVER.

McCain is a fucking evil genius. I could have sketched out the left/media's reaction in comic book form almost to the letter.

Except the whole "can a woman with five kids - one a special needs infant - devote sufficient time to family in a position of power like Veep?" Best election ever.

^^^ Like Adrian said, a "cr... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

^^^ Like Adrian said, a "created" story. Fits the media narrative of the week...

The story of Obama going on... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

The story of Obama going on O'Reilly inspired Drudge to come up with this. It's supposed to be revenge or something for his sanctimonious readers.

Adrian asked "Does Sarah Pa... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Adrian asked "Does Sarah Palin WANT to be on Oprah? Has she ever expressed the desire to be on Oprah? Ask Sarah about it."

If you listen to Nicole Wallace from the McCain campaign, it sounds like the campaign's answer is "No".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keHhZwIW4uE

Politics, politics: it's ea... (Below threshold)

Politics, politics: it's easy to get fired up over the McCain, Palin ticket. I can't say enough about Sarah Palin. I liken her detractors to skaters who go down hard; that look of disbelief. Again, we're seeing them fold like lawn chairs. Anyway, here's a clip from Jan & Dean. I found it apropos. Better than "Barracuda." Bet you can't watch just once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX7X4FovYRA&NR=1 And how 'bout them Dems: lost in space, or true tales from the Pork-master General: http://theseedsof9-11.com

30,Exactly. Palin d... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

30,
Exactly. Palin doesn't want to the show nor does Oprah want her on. Another fake story from Drudge.

BabsNJ - "I was a Hilla... (Below threshold)
marc:

BabsNJ - "I was a Hillary supporter big time but now I will vote for McCain and even though I am pro-choice (restricted pro-choice), I am so pissed about the sexist media, I will jump ship."

I find this comment both interesting and in a way misinformed.

Even if McCain were elected AND by waving a magic wand replaced every Supreme Court judge with ones opposed to Roe vs Wade the end result would be dog squat after it was over turned.

The issue would revert back to each individual state where it should have remained from the outset.

At that point those in "liberal-land" can have their way and those not (like maybe Iowa or Kansas for example) can have their way.

Is Oprah a racist? Anyone w... (Below threshold)
sally:

Is Oprah a racist? Anyone with an IQ over 90 can see it. But we are so blinded with our political prejudices we blindly give these preposterous truths a pass. She backed a man who belongs to a black, virulently racist church, both she and Obama are seriously conflicted about their race. Only, sadly, it is being played out on a national theatre. If they came from a stronger sense of self - this would no be happening.

<a href="http://abcnews.go.... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:
Oprah gives away a lot of f... (Below threshold)
PC14:

Oprah gives away a lot of free sh#t, buying a lot of friends and fans. I think I'll go on her site and write a note expressing my disappointment, sign my wife's name and let her know with a PS that an iphone could heal all the hurt I'm feeling.

Oprah, like so many "black"... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Oprah, like so many "black" Americans, view everything and everbody through "black" goggles. Whites and Asians and Eskimos, et.al. can't understand the "black" world because they don't have "black" goggles, according to "blacks". "Black" goggles, unlike beer goggles, do not appear to make "redneck" women more attractive. This election has stripped the veneer off a lot of celebrity and media personalities, revealing them to be bigotted, elitist liberals driven by "white" guilt or "black" hate, both with socialist agendas. Post-racial my a$$!!

Damn you, Peggy McGilligan!... (Below threshold)

Damn you, Peggy McGilligan! I watched the whole Jan & Dean video.

Oprah has been so over-rated for so long, no one can even remember how she got famous or why. I've seen her show a few times and each time wondered why she was the subject of so many magazine covers and discussion. Oh, that's right, she overcame weight issues - over and over. And the Stedman guy ... I'd keep seeing headlines, "They're on!" then the next week, "They're off!"

It's like a damn soap oprah. Ick!

Oprah was and never will be... (Below threshold)
Eva:

Oprah was and never will be pro women - WAKE UP PEOPLE.
She is a shallow, manipulating, greedy, self centered, fake and racist woman. Her gaudy legends ball, her school in Africa, her project for Katrina are all targeted at Blacks. When she throws out surprises and gifts, they are always sponsored - she is CHEAP, and anything but authentic. No surprises then that she does not like Hillary or Palin.
She talks about weight loss but inspite of all the money can buy, she is one fat ugly pig - and stupid women are falling for the freebie hand me outs. What a pity.

Well, this gives a whole ne... (Below threshold)
Lauren Day:

Well, this gives a whole new meaning to the term "blacklisted." So much for Oprah's claim of wanting to see women empowered. When a woman like Sarah Palin achieves amazing things and actually IS empowered, Oprah gets scared. One Queen Bee at a time, I guess! Maybe she'll have her on when Palin and McCain beat the pants off the pathetic Obama/Biden ticket.

Oprah you have forgot who m... (Below threshold)
Suze:

Oprah you have forgot who made you so rich! Your audience is demograts and republicans alike and guess what you just offended probably a large portion of your television audience with your statement regarding Sarah Palin. GOOD BYE OPRAH I HOPE THIS BACK FIRES ON YOU

Oprah was made rich by main... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

Oprah was made rich by mainly white women...so why is now that she is at the very top, refuses to have Palin on the show? Because really Oprah is a racist and I refuse to watch her show or read her magazine anymore.

Oprah, Obama, the "psychic"... (Below threshold)

Oprah, Obama, the "psychic" craze, they are all symptomatic of our emotion based "education" system. Don't have time/energy to assess the substance of a person or issue? No problem, just go with the one that makes you feel good.

People are sleepwalking through life and one should not pass up the opportunity to shake them back to conciousness whenever possible.

Look, I'm a McCain backer, ... (Below threshold)

Look, I'm a McCain backer, and a Palin fan. Go check my site if you want evidence.

But doesn't Oprah have the same right to free association and free speech as everyone else?

According to an internet search, she's straightforwardly backing Obama. I'd rather have that than the pretense of balance from all the other talking heads. Even Bill Maher thought they were ready to have sex with Obama, but they're still pretending they're neutral. Oprah has stood up and accepted the consequences of her choice to back Obama.

Yes, she's likely to lose some audience and income. That's fair enough. But last I checked she had the same first amendment rights as everyone else.

But last I checke... (Below threshold)
But last I checked she had the same first amendment rights as everyone else.

Who said she doesn't? I just read a lot of observations about her blatant, racist tendencies.

Could it be that you resent our 1st amendment rights?

IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO DE... (Below threshold)
Gina:

IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO DENY OPRAH ACCESS TO OUR TELEVISION SETS.
Oprah gives advice on relationships, but has a boy friend who is a
door mat ... gives advice on marriage, but has never been married ...
gives advice on child rearing, but has no children ... gives advice on
Obama, but was a member of Jeremiah Wright's anti-American racist
church for several years. Now, her white women's audience, which made
Oprah rich, wants to know more about Sarah Palin, but Oprah says NO.
No Oprah, No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko,
no mean Michelle, NOBAMA

In her early days, I admire... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

In her early days, I admired Oprah for her intelligence and business savvy. She was proof positive that there was no excuse that a black woman could be kept down if she chose to become successful. However, over the past few years, I've grown to dislike her because she's become a bit of a cult leader. I have some friends who do, unfortunately, never miss her show. I've tried to warn them off. It's sad that she chooses to wear her blinders and try to establish her own shaky opinions as solid fact. I really realized that about her during the Katrina mess. She sees what she wants to see. If I were Vice President Palin (yes, I said it), I wouldn't give Oprah the time of day!

I did read on Michelle Malk... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

I did read on Michelle Malkin's Hot Air that women are royally p***** that she's not for having Sarah on and they pulled no punches on her website's comments board. You should really go and read it. I haven't watched Oprah in years and I would never voluntarily do so anyway inasmuch as I have a life to live and work to do.

I did tell my husband that I think she's actually frightened of Sarah Palin because she's more than equal to her intelligence-wise and she's a bigger star than Oprah right now. Ergo, I think part of her not having her on is ego-driven. Oprah wants people clapping for and worshipping HER--not her guests. She knows any attempt she would try to make Sarah stumble wouldn't work either.




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