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Apparently, Not Even Oprah is Untouchable

June 11, 2009

Newsweek has done the unthinkable. They have doubted The Oprah.

Yes, the popular news magazine featured a cover story this week that questioned the seemingly unquestionable Queen of Afternoon Television. The story undoubtedly sent shockwaves through Oprah’s Chicago-based production company as well as her studio audience, at-home viewers, magazine subscribers, book club members, butlers and palm-leaf waving cabana boys.

Oprah is rarely subjected to these types of criticisms and recently had to be read the definition of “doubt” when the word came up in casual conversation.

Oprah and her opinions spread like wild fire through this nation. Some have made perfect sense, others have not been so well thought out, but Oprah is Teflon and the latter never seems to stick.

The crux of Newsweek’s article questions some, but not all, of the medical advice dispensed on Oprah’s show. In particular, a January interview with flighty Suzanne Somers, where Oprah allowed Somers to share a myriad of “pill-popping” secrets to remain youthful.

Now, we all know that Suzanne Somers seems to have had one too many at the Regal Beagle, but apparently her anti-aging secrets were good enough for Oprah… thus, good enough for millions of cult-members viewers.

Another cited example of Oprah’s irresponsibility was when she invited actress Jenny McCarthy on to discuss her life as the mother of an autistic child. McCarthy used the show to stand on her soapbox and accuse the government for the rise in childhood autism. McCarthy told the millions watching at home that vaccines were to blame for the rise in autism. It was the first science lesson I had received from a Playboy centerfold sense Pam Anderson’s breast augmentation taught me about gravity.

But aren’t we missing something obvious, Newsweek? Aren’t we forgetting to place a portion of the blame on the millions of mindless Oprah followers? Last I checked, Oprah wasn’t water boarding anyone to make them read James Frey’s latest work of fiction (that’s right, I said fiction).

Would it be Oprah’s fault if I left work one day only to find my car covered in rhinestones because she endorsed the Bedazzler? Could I blame her if I tear my rotator cuff doing the Perfect Pushup because she told me it worked?

By my count, Oprah Winfrey tapes roughly 250 shows a year with topics ranging from vacation spots to varicose veins, memoirs to menopause, celebrity interviews to cellulite. She covers it all and gives her guests a forum that is unmatched in its reach. Although I appreciate Newsweek for taking their greatly unpopular stance on Oprah, I don’t feel the need to condemn her for an occasional lapse in memory.

Even the most powerful woman in the world forgets her own strength from time-to-time.

One Comment
  1. Mollie B permalink
    June 11, 2009 3:34 pm

    Suzanne Somers has always been a trouble-maker. See the E! True Hollywood Story re: Three’s Company.

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