Sunday, May 14, 2006

Oh Great Oprah! Tell me what to think!

While "surfing" the 'net last week, I stumbled on to this puff-piece about Guru Oprah and how she has become the "conscience" of America. I guess if your life rotates around what she spews on her TV program, this would be a fair assessment. The Oprah-Effect has already been well documented. If you have some bogus book to sell, if you can get on Oprah's program, you are pretty well guaranteed to make some serious change as all her Oprah-wannabees snatch up the latest Oprah-approved best-seller.

Since she has such an audience, when Oprah talks, people listen. Now she has jumped on the "Save Darfur" bandwagon, so get ready for the MSM to "discover" that there are innocent people being killed in Darfur.

Towards the end of the piece, we start getting into some negative reporting about her. One persone describes her followers as "incrediblly gullible, bandwagon-jumping trend-slaves" (Wow! Good description. It's better than "status-seeking social-climbers"). But the best quote of all is this:

The fact that Winfrey has never been married, never had children and is a billionaire distances her from her audience, Schlussel says. "How could anyone like this be in touch with the average American woman?"

Since it was P.T. Barnum (I think) who once said that (I paraphrase) nobody ever went broke underestimating the stupidity of the American public, maybe the Great El-ahrairah should do the same as Oprah. Since I have never been pregnant, I am uniquely qualified to tell women what to do when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. If this makes you laugh, how much more ridiculous is it for Oprah to tell people how to run their lives?

Since it has been said that "there's a sucker born every minute", there will be enough idiots in America to continue making Oprah a very rich person for a very, very long time.


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