Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A few tremors and a belch

It's already an interesting morning as Oprah Winfrey is reportedly losing a bit of steam.
Naturally it's Barack Obama's fault.

"“Not too long ago, she was like the pope,” rarely criticized by her ardent supporters, said Janice Peck, an associate professor of mass communication at the University of Colorado and the author of “The Age of Oprah,” a new book on Ms. Winfrey’s cultural influence.
Since the endorsement, however, angry criticism of her political stance became a regular feature of the message boards on, Ms. Peck said. “There are a lot of her fans who are not Democrats or who support Hillary Clinton who feel betrayed,” she added."
The article also notes Oprah's "overexposure" (!) and that the hugely successful endorsement of Eckhart Tolle's New Earth has riled some Christians who feel that the Oprah-fueled book "go against Christian doctrine."
I'm on record as being pro-Oprah insofar as she makes it easier for humble booksellers to sell good books on the backs of whatever she's doing. I've no desire to give three seconds thought to her otherwise; but in the unlikely event of her demise, I've got a rock solid replacement lined up.
She's smart, well read, and has a built in audience. She also looks great on television.

It can't miss.

Speaking of television, Scott McCellan is everywhere this morning with news of a book due any day that seems pretty candid in his assessment of the Bush presidency.
Contrition clocks in at a svelte 368 pages.
This matters because McCellan was the press secretary during the buildup to the war, thus the guy whose job it was to talk to the press. Those with even only longish memories will recall it was akin to a parlour trick involving a shiny coin and a few dozen easily hypnotized glorified shoe salesmen.

Posted by Dave

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Name: Kim

I am so greatful to Eckhart Tolle and Oprah for turning me onto Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and her beautiful book ""My Stroke of Insight"". Her story is amazing and her gift to all of us is a book purchase away I'm happy to say.

Dr Taylor was a Harvard brain scientist when she had a stroke at age 37. What was amazing was that her left brain was shut down by the stroke - where language and thinking occur - but her right brain was fully functioning. She experienced bliss and nirvana and the way she writes about it (or talks about it in her now famous TED talk) is incredible.

What I took away from Dr. Taylor's book above all, and why I recommend it so highly, is that you don't have to have a stroke or take drugs to find the deep inner peace that she talks about. Her book explains how. ""I want what she's having"", and thanks to this wonderful book, I can! Thank you Dr. Taylor, and thank you Eckhart and Oprah.

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