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 Oprah.com, 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