Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Big O says No!

Making headlines around the globe is talk-show host Oprah Winfrey - or rather her decision not to have VP candidate Sarah Palin on her show.

Despite Oprah's world-wide "influence" when it comes to issues pertaining to women, this is one woman who will not get her chance to speak to viewers around the US, and indeed the globe.

Oprah is a well known supporter of Barak Obama (that is her political choice), but with Hillary out of the presidential race, one would have suspected that Oprah would have been eager to have Palin as a guest. In fact, viewers have been awaiting Palin's appearance on the show with baited breath.

There has been much speculation as to why no Palin - it's up to viewers and voters to make up their own minds. But many questions are being asked of what is seen as Oprah's "preference" for Obama - whom she has had on the show and who she champions fiercely.

One newspaper has actually called upon women to vote with their remotes and not to watch Oprah due to her obvious anti-Palin stance.

Is Oprah really anti-Palin, or (as has been suggested) does it go much deeper that politics???

From The LA Times:
"Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire TV talk-show diva who is supporting the Democratic presidential nominee, says she will not allow the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on her daily show, which is widely viewed by women.

The 44-year-old Palin is the first female nominee on a Republican presidential ticket in the party's 164-year history, though she is little-known outside Alaska, where she was elected a reform governor in 2006.

Many commentors on Ticket items expressed resentment that Winfrey, who made her fortune off appealing to women, would desert the first serious female candidate to vie for her party's nomination, Hillary Clinton, another Democrat, in favor of a male candidate, Obama. She also did not have Clinton on her program during the campaign.

TMZ, the widely-read celebrity website, asked Winfrey about having Palin on her program to describe her life and views to other American women."

Political commentators in the US predict a backlash against the TV tycoon.

This from NewsBusters:
"Los Angeles Times reporter and blogger Andrew Malcolm drew an interview on MSNBC Tuesday for his report at Top of the Ticket that Oprah Winfrey is suffering in popularity due to her endorsement and campaigning for Barack Obama."

You make up your own mind.

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