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Posts Tagged ‘Oprah Winfrey’

Bristol Palin Embraces Abstinence; Oprah Suggests Retraction?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 26, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

When I was a kid, I had the utmost respect for Oprah Winfrey. I admired her generosity, her sense of humor, the faith she seemed to hold dear. I was inspired by her story and how she overcame incredible odds as a child. I was so excited when I got accepted to Tennessee State University, for I soon learned that Oprah went there. I eventually chose another school, but for a while I loved the idea of attending Oprah’s alma mater, especially since at that time I had some of the same dreams in my life as those that had become realities in hers. Yes, as a kid, I really admired Oprah.

But I’m not a kid anymore.

Oprah still gives as generously as she always has, and her personal story is still just as inspirational. However, now that I’ve matured, I guess it takes more to impress me.

I had my issues with her refusal to allow Governor Palin to sit on her couch during the 2008 campaign, but I won’t rehash that. We all know how it turned out: Oprah now is quite glad to get the governor to appear on her show, and when she does, Oprah’s ratings fly through the roof. So, as they say, moving on. Besides that, Oprah’s worldview simply doesn’t line up with mine in some very key areas, so I don’t spend my time listening to her talk anymore–haven’t done so for many years now–unless the governor is on.

However, my dwindling appreciation for the former Queen of Talk took a nosedive last Friday when she interviewed Governor Palin and her daughter, Bristol. Bristol has made the admirable, and correct, decision to remain abstinent until marriage. Rather than encourage Bristol to do just that, Oprah seemed to want to talk her out of her commitment. To me, Oprah’s unique position as a role model to so many is incongruous with her belittling of Bristol’s decision–and yes, I did sense some belittling going on.

At the start, I didn’t realize the interview was headed that way. Oprah offered some good advice at first, which is advice that I have shared with single Christian women committed to waiting until marriage, probably saying something close to what Oprah advises.

Oprah tells the girls in her school in South Africa:

Make the decision before the moment arrives because when the guy is licking on your ear, it’s hard to make the decision! So make the decision before the moment arrives.

I was thinking, Great advice, Oprah. I have always believed that we make decisions about how we want to act in particular situations before those situations arise. We’d be surprised how many things we could avoid altogether if that strategy were faithfully employed.

So I was with Oprah right up until a few seconds later when she said she “bristled” when she read in In Touch that Bristol stated, “I’m not going to have sex until I’m married. I can guarantee it.”

Apparently Bristol’s guarantee of abstinence is what alarmed Oprah, and she asked, “You don’t think you’re setting yourself up?”

At this point I’m thinking, “setting yourself up” for what? My confusion rested, in part, in having just heard Oprah say that she tells the African girls to do exactly what Bristol had just stated she did: make up her mind ahead of time.

Oprah’s rationale was media pressure, that every guy she dates will be harassed with questions about whether Bristol had or had not remained true to that commitment. My thought here was, Hey, let the media blow it up. Better the dudes find out where I stand now than later. Better any interested guy should know where I stand before they even step to me. That way they can keep on stepping if they can’t handle my plan. Truth be told, you can weed out a lot of guys from the jump that way and spare yourself the agony of dropping the “no” bomb on them later. They can’t say they didn’t know, can they?

Oprah, whose young adult life was not without its share of drama, trials, and tribulations, should have sincerely said to her guest, “Good for you, Bristol.” Instead, she asked Bristol if she was setting herself up?! With a steely glint in her eyes, Bristol, who to me looked a bit annoyed, said, “No, I don’t.”

Oprah didn’t say it, so I will: good for Bristol for standing by her commitment, for not backing down, for not allowing the pressure to cause her to cave in to Oprah, who appeared put off by Bristol’s bold declaration of abstinence.

Had I been Bristol, however, I would have answered that question in the affirmative. When asked if I was setting myself up, I would have said, “Yes, Oprah. I am setting myself up…to achieve my goal. I’m setting myself up by doing exactly what you tell the girls in Africa: ‘make the decision before the moment arrives.'”

Hey, if it’s good enough for Africa, it’s good enough for America.

So which one is it? Is Oprah encouraging the girls in her school to strategically choose abstinence, or when they say they have, does she pause five seconds for them to retract or ease their choice? It sounds like double talk to me. Either Bristol is supposed to stick to her guns, or she’s supposed to back out. Again, which one is it, Oprah–a little of both?

When Bristol chose the former, Oprah–chuckling–said, “All right, good luck to you on that!” Belittling, demeaning, and frankly, disempowering.

I get sick and tired of people who purport to be all about the power of women and their ability to accomplish anything, except when it comes to both abstinence and giving birth to a child in less than ideal circumstances. I do not respect trying to talk a teenager, who is already raising a child, out of taking a stand on the issue. If women can do anything, they can do anything–including practicing abstinence.

Months ago, when Bristol once used the term “unrealistic” in reference to teenagers remaining abstinent, people jumped all over her. Friday, Oprah said about abstinence, “Obviously she’s already had sex. So I’m just wondering if that is a realistic goal.” When Bristol indicated that it is realistic for her, Oprah “bristled.” This is Exhibit A of “you can’t win for losing.” This is why one must simply live by the courage of her own convictions as Bristol has purposed in her heart to do–and bump everybody else who doesn’t believe you can. When Oprah shared the statistic that 1 out of 3 teenagers is sexually active, Bristol was unmoved. Her face seemed to say, “Well, I’ll be one of the two.” It may not be easy, but nothing valuable is–and she’s worth it.

Abstinence is a touchy, uncomfortable subject for those who feel safer teaching birth control over abstinence. “It doesn’t work,” the statisticians say. News flash: abstinence, when employed, always works! It’s when it’s abandoned that it’s rendered powerless. Besides, it seems Bristol realizes something that we could all stand to discover: though birth control protects from pregnancy sometimes, there is no birth control potent enough to protect your heart, soul, and mind from the effects of giving yourself to someone who has not given himself to you–through the commitment of marriage.

I say to Bristol in all sincerity, rather than the snarky way Oprah said it, “More power to you.”

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Levi: When Lying Dogs Won’t Sleep; Updated

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 24, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Everyone has heard the expression “let sleeping dogs lie.” Sounds good and is arguably good advice. But what does one do when a lying dog won’t sleep, won’t shut up, that is?

Normally I avoid all things Levi. He’s not worth it right now. Writing about him is a waste of space. He wants the publicity, so don’t give it to him. I totally understand, and usually I’m in agreement. But I also understand a basic principle, and that is this: there’s a time to fight back. There’s a time when you just have to deal with the barking, biting dog that’s been dropping you know what all over the place everywhere he goes. And sometimes you just have to put him out–not just to deal with him–but for the benefit of those he’s sniping at. This particular mutt, who’s been wagging his tail all over Playgirl, refuses to sit down, shut up, or play dead–and this dog is lying every time he opens his mouth.

Levi Johnston has in his camp sensationalist media, foolish Alaska bloggers, and an obviously inebriated, delusional, or severely gullible lawyer. All that, yet he doesn’t seem to have anybody in his life to tell him to put his mouth to sleep when it comes to attacking his son’s family. No positive male role model to pull him aside, tell him to stop his lying, and just take care of his son. Where’s the tough love from somebody who will look him in the eyes and say, “Dude, what are you doing? You’re gonna wake up one day from your greed-induced stupor and wonder how you sunk so low as to try to hurt your son and his mom and grandmother like this, and that’s gonna be a sad day–for you.”

Every time you turn around, Levi’s parked on somebody’s couch, making mono-syllabic statements about the Palins. And for some reason, he’s absolutely obsessed with the Governor. Constantly he’s saying she’s attacking him so he’s going to attack back. Funny thing is, his jaws are the only ones flapping.

Levi, my dawg, shut up your lying. Man up. And please…pay up.

Concerning paying up, according to TMZ:

Levi Johnston’s manager, Tank Jones, tells TMZ Levi has paid Bristol more than $10,000 since Tripp was born. Jones also says Levi does not make money off of every interview he does, though he did not say exactly how much Levi has made.

Levi has not given Bristol $10,000. Levi has not had an active role in his son’s first year of life.

TMZ also reported:

Attorney Rex Butler tells TMZ, Levi has told Bristol on several occasions he wanted her to come to his house to pick up checks for Tripp’s support. Butler says Levi also told her “it would be nice” if she brought Tripp along when she picked up the checks, because Levi wanted to spend time with his son. Butler says on each occasion Bristol was a no-show.

Butler says Bristol is partly to blame for the fact that she hasn’t gotten the support she wants. Butler tells TMZ on one occasion Levi was prepared to hand over $3,000 … but Bristol never showed.

As for why Levi didn’t just put the check in the mail … Butler says, “Why should he have to do that. He’s not dangerous to her.”

So let’s get this straight. Levi loves his son so much that he’d rather give no money at all than put a stamp on an envelope and mail a check? Instead of being a father to his son and providing for him, he’d rather speculate that Governor Palin is behind the legal suit and talk about Bristol’s new car. Can you say “dog”? Can you say “lying dog”? If that seems harsh, it’ll just have to be harsh because one thing I can’t stand is a man–that’s right, he’s not a little boy anymore–who won’t take care of his responsibilities and then lies about it.

You know when tabloids are calling you deadbeat, you’ve got some stepping up to do. ETonline writes:

In an exclusive interview with ET, Levi says he believes he has given Bristol more than she claims. “I don’t really know but my lawyer does. But it’s reasonable, what he thought was fair. For them to call me a deadbeat dad’s absurd. I attempt to call her all the time and give her texts to make sure he’s doing well … I call her all the time. I try and do everything I can to see my son. I’m making an effort. I’m trying to be there for him.”

“I don’t really know”? “Reasonable”? “Attempt”? “Try”? “Effort”? Huh? Your lawyer knows what you’re giving your son?! Growing up in the church we used to sing a song called “99 1/2 Won’t Do.” Look, if 99 1/2 won’t do, you know 1/2 ain’t gonna do!

Bristol, on the other hand, is to be commended. She is taking care of her responsibilities. Here’s a young woman who, as she recently told Oprah, gets up at 4:00 or 4:30 every morning, gets her son washed and dressed, works, and takes classes. It’s not easy. It’s a challenge, but Tripp is her life now, and she is committed to being a good mother to him, not a “reasonable” one.

What does she get in return? The love of her beautiful baby and the joy of knowing she’s making a life for her son.

Her ex-boyfriend, however, is traipsing around the country making money by selling his soul–and his lies, gallivanting around Wasilla in his new truck and new trinket (hmmm…), and refusing to buy his son so much as a pair of shoes because his little feelings are hurt that Bristol wouldn’t come to his house. In the Black community, we have a word for that. Let me hip yall to it. It’s called “triflin’.” Of course, the community at large is well aware of the more familiar term: low-down dirty dog.

Tripp deserves better. Bristol deserves better. She’s working her tail off for her son, she’s learned from some mistakes she’s made, and she’s committed herself to doing the right thing by remaining abstinent until marriage, to which Levi barks, “I doubt it.” (The daily reminder of men like Levi might be the biggest asset to the abstinence movement ever!) By the way, instead of a “role model” like Oprah Winfrey commending her for that decision, she blasted her and gave her a chance to retract it. Are you kidding me?! (I’ll deal with Oprah at another time.)

The last thing I want to do is spend a Sunday on Levi Johnston. However, I’ll spend a hundred Sundays on the opportunity to applaud Bristol Palin for doing the mature, responsible thing–the hard work. She’s a good mom, who has another good mom as an example.

I believe there’s hope for Levi; I really do. And I hope he grabs ahold of it soon because he’s treading on very thin Alaska ice.

Like I said at the start, there’s something to be said for letting sleeping dogs lie. But when a lying dog refuses to put his rabid mouth to sleep, sometimes you just have to put that dog down.

Update: Anyone asserting that I am suggesting Levi should be killed is out of his/her mind. By “put that dog down” I mean put him in his place, call him out, fight back instead of letting sleeping dogs lie. Hello!

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What Did I Tell You? Sarah Palin Drives Up Oprah’s Ratings

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 18, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sarah Palin’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show gave Oprah her highest ratings in two years:

Sarah Palin delivered the vote for Oprah Winfrey, giving the Chicago-based talk show host her highest ratings nationally for a single episode in two years.


Palin outdrew either half of Winfrey’s two-part season-opening confessional with singer Whitney Houston, as well as Winfrey’s show the day after the election of President Barack Obama, according to her syndicator, CBS Television Distribution.

Read more here.

I’m not surprised. Did I not write two articles in October in which I predicted this very thing?

In Sarah Palin Will Help Oprah Winfrey, I quoted an article that laid out Oprah’s need:

It’s not just another show booking for Oprah Winfrey. She’s going whole hog this season to try to recover from the ratings tumble she took last season when her audience slid to under 7 million viewers. And, during one awful week in July, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” suffered its smallest ratings since its debut way back in 1985.

And I stated in According to Harpo Productions: Sarah Palin to Appear on Oprah that Sarah Palin would be the answer to Oprah’s ratings problems, at least for the day:

If Sarah does make an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, it will certainly drive Oprah’s declining ratings through the roof. I will commend Sarah for going on the show on her own terms, and personally, I will be glad that the governor’s book sales are already out of this world.

If you did not get a chance to see Governor Palin on Oprah Monday, go to Oprah’s website and check it out.

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Sarah on Oprah

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on November 17, 2009

By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts


Governor Sarah Palin was on Oprah today to kick off her the book tour for her first book, Going Rogue: An American Life.  It was the first time since at least college I’ve sat down to watch a show.  Some thoughts & highlights:

  • There was no snubbing, that was something that was overblown by the media.  Governor Palin said that during the campaign she wasn’t aware of the controversy, she said, “no offense, but you weren’t the center of my universe at the time.”  Oprah confirmed that she never asked to come on.
  • It was a fair interview with questions covering Bristol’s pregnancy, how she was handled during the campaign, the Katie Couric interview, election night, Levi Johnston, & 2012 aspirations.  No policy discussion, but I didn’t expect that from Oprah.
  • Governor Palin seemed pretty at ease with the only exception being when they were discussing Levi Johnston.
  • I appreciate the way she handled Johnston.  Saying she’d rather not comment.  She seemed to me more disappointed and in her words “heartbroken” by the choices he was making and was being handled.  She said that he is heading down an unhealthy road.  She was mostly conciliatory in her comments saying that she continues to hope for the best and that she prays for Levi.  She also said he needs to know that he is loved.
  • She flatly denied that Levi and Bristol ever lived together, and that many of his claims (Vanity Fair piece of fiction) were inconsistent.  She again pointed to the fact that he is a teenager is being mishandled.
  • She was very transparent about when she found out Trig was going to have Down Syndrome and how she broke that news to Todd.
  • She said that her interview with Katie Couric was bad.  She said that she was annoyed by the questioning (we only saw a few minutes of hours of taping), and that “it wasn’t professional to wear her annoyance on her sleeve.”  Which is why she didn’t list what she read because the question annoyed her – she did say looking back she wish she did to avoid the controversy that ensued.  She did say that if the Couric interview was the only way people got to know her that she wouldn’t “blame them for thinking I was not qualified or well prepared.”
  • Oprah sent a crew to her home in Wasilla on Halloween, that was a great video showing some behind the scenes in the Palin home.  It reinforced that they are a mainstream family, which is why so many relate to them.
  • She was very complementary of Todd and talked about the strength of their marriage, and at the end of the interview that she wouldn’t have been able to get through the challenges she has faced if it wasn’t for “God and Todd.”
  • Regarding 2012, she said it wasn’t on her radar, but when Oprah asked, “If you were planning on running would you tell me?”  She quickly said no.  She said right now she’s thinking 2010, so it’s safe to say she’ll be out stumping for conservative candidates.
  • Oprah says that Going Rogue was “fascinating read.”

In all I think it was a great interview, and I think will be a positive for her with some who may have been on the fence.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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UPDATE: Video Promo of Sarah Palin-Barbara Walters Interview; Oprah Show Promo Added

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 14, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

Yesterday Sarah Palin sat down with Barbara Walters to do an interview that will be aired next week over the course of a few days. ABC reports it will begin with “Good Morning America,” “World News,” and “Nightline” on Tuesday. The interview can be seen in its entirety on “20/20” Friday at 10 p.m. EST.

Thanks to C4P, I have a Youtube video to share with you promoting the interview.


Team Sarah member, Karen in Michigan, directed me to Oprah’s promo of Monday’s interview with Governor Palin. I hadn’t seen it. Thanks, Karen.

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Sarah Palin: Oprah on November 16th & Oprah Video

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 12, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

Sarah Palin is giving her first Going Rogue interview to Oprah Winfrey. This is set to air on Monday, and was taped today.

Via Facebook:

Oprah on November 16th

Willow, Piper, and I are in Chicago and just wanted to let you know that I had a great conversation with Oprah today. We taped the show for Monday, November 16th, and enjoyed it so much that we went way over on time. The rest will air on Oprah was very hospitable and gracious, and her audience was full of warm, energized and (no doubt) curious viewers.

– Sarah Palin

The book comes out Tuesday, the 17th.

Oprah Winfrey discussed her interview with Governor Palin, to be aired this coming Monday (H/T Daniel at C4P):

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Supporting Gov. Palin Means Respect, Trust, Loyalty

Posted by Ron Devito on October 22, 2009

I have seen comments from numerous supporters of Governor Palin’s expressing “disappointment” for various reasons in her decision to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Let’s make this very simple:

  • Governor Palin has 17 years of executive and political experience, going on 18.
  • Governor Palin is an astute businesswoman as well as a stateswoman (to call her a “politician” to me is a gross insult). Going Rogue is her product. Governor Palin knows how and where to market her products.
  • Governor Palin has a journalism degree. She was a sportscaster and was part of the media.
  • Governor Palin has borne the complete brunt of a full court hostile press, and not merely survived but thrived, thanks largely to her very strong objective ego. In a perverse way, her enemies did her a huge favor, for she now has media experience that millions of dollars in consultations and simulation cannot buy. Governor Palin is more than ready for any media attack.
  • As Governor, Sarah Palin hired Bill McAllister, an excellent communications director who served her well. Both Meg Stapleton and Pam Pryor handle Governor Palin’s media through SarahPAC, and as delineated in an article this morning, Ms. Pryor has more than two decades of media and communications experience.
  • Sometimes, a leader’s decision might not appear to make sense prima facie. Governor Palin has her reasons — reasons that we are not privy to and may never be. We are not in her inner sanctum. Part of loving and supporting her is trusting and respecting her decisions as a leader, understanding that these unknown reasons may exist.

What the entire foregoing list distills to is this: Governor Palin — not any supporter of hers — decides who she will interview with, where, how, when, why, and with what she will conduct said interview.

In this relationship, Governor Palin is the leader. We are her supporters. When we sign on to support any leader, we owe that leader our loyalty, trust and respect. The leader in turn must earn our loyalty, trust, and respect, and this is done by establishing a track record of accomplishments, simultaneously avoiding association with anything that would bring them disgrace. Governor Palin has fulfilled her end of this relationship far above and beyond.

The Limit of Respect, Trust and Loyalty

This is not to suggest that Governor Palin be deified, not held accountable for her actions, or blindly supported no matter what. Cults of personality are very dangerous and toxic. We don’t want to establish one around Governor Palin and she certainly would not approve of such a thing. Even “absolute” loyalty, trust, and respect have a limit, which is, they must be earned. If a leader commits a highly unethical or criminal act, an act of grave moral turpitude, or displays egregiously bad judgment, that leader would be no longer deserving of support. My position is — that Governor Palin never came anywhere near that limit with her decision to market her book on Oprah’s show.

Why Her Appearance on Oprah is Worthy of our Support

The Oprah Winfrey show is a well-established venue for authors to market their books — the purpose of Governor Palin’s appearance there. For that reason, I find it patently absurd to question her judgment in appearing on this show; and ludicrous to disavow and deny her support on that basis.

For those of you who do not watch Oprah, because you don’t like her — If you love and support Governor Palin, on November 16, watching or DVR’ing the one episode of Oprah is the right thing to do. It is right, because we want Governor Palin and her product to succeed. You’re not doing it for Oprah. You’re doing it for Governor Palin. Boycotting this episode because you don’t like Oprah is a self-defeating act for any person who considers themselves a supporter of Governor Palin’s, in my opinion.

Yes, Oprah could be considered an enemy of Governor Palin’s by virtue of her rather enthusiastic support of Obama. We also have been clamoring for Governor Palin to run for President in 2012, yes? We want her to deal with allies and enemies — people like Ahmadinejad, Putin, the Castro Bros., Chavez, and so forth. She cannot go the rest of her life just interviewing on shows she is comfortable with. “A ship in a harbor is safe. That’s not what ships are built for.”

Governor Palin picked Oprah’s show for what I believe are very good reasons worthy of delineation:

  1. Governor Palin has her audience already on Hannity, Greta, Beck, etc. We already bought her book by pre-order! She doesn’t need to go promote her book to people who already bought it. That is preaching to the choir and a complete waste of an interview.
  2. Oprah’s show is the venue for authors to market their books. Governor Palin is marketing a book.
  3. Governor Palin will win minds and hearts on Oprah — she will gain supporters, because she will be placing herself in a new venue, in a new market. And this is a good test market for her: center-left, feminists — Reagan Democrats — women — lots of women — for women are Oprah’s main audience.
  4. Governor Palin walked into Saturday Night Live (SNL) a year and three days ago with Tina Fey as an enemy and walked out with her as a friend. Even Alec Baldwin softened his heart towards her, and SNL enjoyed the best ratings they had in 30 years. This is what you call a win-win.

Supporting Governor Palin does not just mean posting “I love you Sarah” or something equally emotionally charged on her Facebook wall, and where ever else we might post it. Absent respect, trust, or loyalty, expressed love is nothing more than meaningless words.

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Sarah Palin Will Help Oprah Winfrey

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 21, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

As I blogged yesterday, it appears that Sarah Palin will grace the Oprah Winfrey Show on November 16th, the day before Sarah’s already-best seller hits the stands. I wrote in a previous post that Going Rogue rose to the top of the charts without Oprah’s help. This I wrote in light of the fact that Oprah had previously suggested that Sarah would appear on her show because she would need Oprah to sell her book.

So Sarah has chosen to give Oprah an interview. Some anklebiters have emailed me to say that this is evidence that Sarah actually does need Oprah. Not the case. It will, no doubt, be an interesting interview, but let’s be real: “Nah na na na na nah” emails are outrageous given the facts.

When Sarah sits on Oprah’s couch, people will get to see the real Sarah, and she will be able to tell her own story–unfiltered–and let’s keep this in perspective. Clearly, Oprah is not Sarah’s source, she does not butter Sarah’s bread, and Sarah did not need Oprah to sell her book. Going Rogue soared to the top of the charts without the help of Ms. Winfrey. Sarah’s appearance on Oprah’s show is because she chooses to go, not because she needs to.

The Washington Post reports:

Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season’s ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show.

You may have noticed that the appearance by the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is happening smack dab in the middle of the November ratings derby.
It’s also the day before Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” is scheduled to hit bookstores.


It’s not just another show booking for Oprah Winfrey. She’s going whole hog this season to try to recover from the ratings tumble she took last season when her audience slid to under 7 million viewers. And, during one awful week in July, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” suffered its smallest ratings since its debut way back in 1985.

Industry navel gazers speculated Oprah had turned off some of her conservative viewers — or, more accurately, they had turned her off — when she not only endorsed then presidential candidate Barack Obama but even campaigned for him. (Palin, of course, was the running mate of Obama’s rival, Sen. John McCain.)


We rest our case.

Read the entire article here.

(H/T C4P)

NOTE: Keep in mind that confirmation from Palin’s spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, is needed before anything is considered official.

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Is Going On Oprah Going Rogue for Palin?

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on October 21, 2009

I never thought I’d be blogging about Oprah.

It was reported yesterday that Oprah will be the first interview that Governor Sarah Palin does for her new book Going Rogue: An American Life, and that program will air on November 16th.  Watching the O’Reilly Factor tonight, Bill O’Reilly was talking with Dennis Miller.  Miller doesn’t seem to to think that this signifies “going rogue,” but rather “playing the game.”

I disagree.  I think the opportunity to appear on Oprah’s show will give her a venue to be able to share her positions and message with a major demographic – suburban women.  If she runs for President in 2012 she’ll need to reach out to this group.  If she doesn’t run and would rather champion conservative causes and candidate – this is still a group she needs to reach out to.

Appearing on Oprah’s show also helps sell books, and it also sends a message that being snubbed by Oprah during the campaign is water under the bridge.  It could also make for an interesting interview as AllahPundit at Hot Air notes:

Obvious topics for discussion: Death panels, women in politics, and quitting as governor. Less obvious but no less intriguing: Oprah’s decision not to have her on during the campaign and whether it was fair to accuse The One on the trail of palling around with terrorists. If she gets that question and turns it around on Oprah by wondering why she had the integrity to quit Rev. Wright’s crazy church when our fearless leader didn’t, I might endorse her on the spot.

I don’t see the interview getting incredibly wonky… I just don’t see that with Oprah.  I think it will be an intriguing interview regardless the direction it takes.  It will mark the first time I watch Oprah in years.  That in itself is a remarkable feat.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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