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September 11, 2008

Oprah is not controlled by a party, not even her own

Filed under: Oprah Winfrey — noirwomannews @ 4:11 am
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Its the Oprah Winfrey Show, not Oprah and the RNC or the DNC. This means she is the boss and calls the shots. Someone tell me when political parties were placed in charge as talk show producers?

Sarah Palin would be a great interview as a guest on the Oprah show, and following the election Oprah has said she would interview Palin. Many people want to see the interview now, seeing there is little known information on the politician, any forum is highly anticipated.

Oprah does not have the only talk show format, the party can get the same results by visiting a number of news media outlets willing to interview Palin on issues.  Something tells me softer formats like a day time show such as Oprah or the view is just what the camp want’s. Soft, friendly human interest forums.

Oprah’s political affiliation is not the reason she declined to have Palin on the show and it is outrages that supporters of Palin play the gender card. The decision not to have candidates on the show was made over a year ago by Winfrey.

 Bully Oprah, come on she is a business woman that has done a great job selecting guest on her show until election 2008 when she did the right thing by deciding not to interview anyone from either party until after the election. Fair is bad?

If you listen to complaints of McCain/ Palin campaign, it makes you question if they think Oprah has ESP, and knew McCain would pick Palin. How could anyone  think this kind of craziness.  Palin was a surprise, probably even to most of her own party, how would Oprah know there would be a Palin.

First the republicans bashed the entire media for paying too much attention to Obama. Then it was said that certain networks catered to Obama. Well they have their own media rock star, and the complaints continue.

Sarah Palin appears to be the new media darling and democrats don’t seem to be upset about this. Their complaints are related to questions concerning her ability to lead the country, and her background on issues. Its fair she is in the spotlight.

Palin is holding her own in the media, and the republican party still complains, this time its Oprah.  The gender bash. Women have the right to choose on issues, politics and run their business as they see fit. This includes Oprah. She is not a political machine. Her support of Obama is a personal choice. She just happens to be the big O.

The fact that Palin is a woman, or the first woman running as VP does not mean that Oprah or anyone else is obligated to have her as a guest on a talk show. Women have to stop using the gender card as a way of controlling other women, or letting their campaigns do it on their behalf. This type of activity is not going to help Palin or the future of women going into politics.

History has been made and with a woman on the ticket as VP, the best thing Palin can do for women is to pave a respectable path for the future of women seeking to run for high political offices.  In addition, she has to avoid allowing her party to use her gender.

Instead of fighting about being on Oprah, maybe her campaign should sit down with the serious news organizations, CNN, MSNBC, Fox news just to name a few. surely these reporters would love to sit down with Palin for an in depth interview. As the  first female candidate can she act like a candidate, she is a woman, yet that does not need to be used as a weapon. This is not appealing, its obvious she is not the victim type.

As for the big O, she is correct to stand her ground as a professional and not get caught up in the politics during this election on her show. It’s the best service to her viewers to not show bias on her show.


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