Friday, January 27, 2006

"Oprah Shreds Frey in a Milliion Pieces"

... reads the large top headline of the Chicago tribune. Chicago viewers got to see the entire, uninterrupted, gory event since Oprah plays earlier in the day there. Others around the nation had their shadenfreud moment rudely interrupted by a Presidential Press conference. Now, couldn't Oprah have Bush on her show, and rip him a new one? "President Bush, why did you feel the need to lie?” Or, “It is difficult for me to talk to you because I really feel duped ... but more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of [citizens].”

MICHAEL IN NEW YORK: Biboy, that is a GREAT idea. Imagine Bush saying "There were no weapons of mass destruction" followed by Oprah saying, "I feeld duped." Imagine Bush saying, "When we say we're wiretapping, we are always getting a warrant" followed by Oprah saying, "Why did you make that up?" Bush saying "Nobody ever expected the levees to overflow" or "You're doin' a great job, Brownie," pictures of flooding and then Oprah saying, "I am angry and upset." And end with "The truth matters." That would be devastating.


Ed Sikov said...

But isn't it just a tad cynical of Ms. Winfrey to come out against Frey only after the public relations disaster of her coming to his defense? I mean, with friends like that...! I'd have more respect for her if she'd have stuck with her original response, as stupid and craven as it was.

Michael in New York said...

No, no, no. She didn't come to his defense. She said she was very disappointed in Frey, that she expects the publisher to do its job and make sure memoirs are memoirs and fiction is fiction, but she said that if anyone was helped by it, that was still a good thing. I heard her phone call as polite but by no means a defense of Frey. The media got it wrong. Hence, her choice of words on her show that she regretted leaving the "impression" of not caring about the truth. Her desire not to undermine people fighting addiction who felt Frey's pack of lies helped them was the only thing clouding the issue. I thought she was quite clear that Frey had let her and readers down. The traditional media (TM) just distorted her comments, probably through simple laziness. So no, she wasn't craven (she criticized him) and she didn't ever come to his defense -- the only defense she came to was to the people, like her, who had felt duped.