The only thing Oprah Winfrey should run for is the fridge

I think Oprah would do better to run for the fridge rather than to run for president but there is one political quality that this article reveals she has in abundance. A ruthlessness that enables her to put her success ahead of the wellbeing of others.

[…] There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about a possible Oprah Winfrey White House bid in 2020.

[…] already, Hollywood heavy hitters are throwing their massive weight behind hers. An impressive 47% of Democrats think an Oprah candidacy is a dandy idea.

[…] Oprah is practically defined by her depraved indifference to human life. During the course of her storied career, Oprah has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to put any number of lives at risk for the sake of her show’s ratings, and I have no doubt she’d be willing to do the same for the sake of her political agenda were she to become president.[…]

I’ll illustrate my point with a few examples of Oprah at her finest.

[Sweeps week, May 1988. Oprah was obsessed with besting her fellow trash-hosts Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Geraldo Rivera, so she decided to run a nice, juicy, salacious episode about autoerotic asphyxiation. The show explored the “tragedy” of teens who died whacking off while depriving themselves of air, and even as Oprah stressed that you should never, ever do this terrible thing, her panel of “experts” painted a picture of a stimulating fetish that produces “light-headed giddiness” that “can affect the sexual pleasure center of the brain.”

Oh, they make it sound so unappealing!

Oprah was warned against doing the episode by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz, who told her point-blank that “if the show were aired, it would foreseeably result in one or more deaths.” Dietz went so far as to warn the Great O that he would testify against her should she be sued by the family of someone who died imitating the behavior described on the show. And guess what? At least one young man died imitating the behavior described on the show! John Holm of Thousand Oaks, California, was found asphyxiated in his dad’s garage, the TV still tuned to the channel that had broadcast Oprah’s show.

One down, many more to go!

In 1990, Oprah hosted an episode titled “Bad Influence Friends,” in which an emotionally troubled young man named Mike LaCalamita was held up for ridicule for being flirty and irresponsible. The harpy-filled studio audience booed and hissed at Mike as if he were a sideshow freak, and the onscreen chyrons mocked him as he tried to speak in his defense. Following his appearance on the show, Mike was mercilessly bullied in the street by Oprah’s loyal viewers, and two weeks after the episode aired, his father found him hangin’ from a ceiling fan. “I know in my heart that Oprah’s show killed my son,” the elder LaCalamita told reporters.

One of Oprah’s biggest hits dropped in 1989. […] in May ’89, […] Oprah decided to get in on the ground floor of the “satanic ritual child abuse” witch-hunt hysteria. Sticking to her MO of exploiting mentally unstable people, Oprah interviewed a troubled conspiracy loon with “multiple personality disorder” named Vicki Polin (who used the pseudonym Rachel on the show). Polin claimed to have been forced to eat babies for Satan and a bunch of other nonsense that never happened. Midway through the interview, Oprah decided to point out that Vicki’s satanic family was Jewish. This led to the following exchange:

Oprah: “And this is a…does everyone else think it’s a nice Jewish family? From the outside you appear to be a nice Jewish girl…. And you are all worshiping the devil inside the home?”

Polin: “Right. There’s other Jewish families across the country. It’s not just my own family.”

Oprah: “Really? And so who knows about it? Lots of people now!” [Audience laughter]

Polin: “I talked to a police detective in the Chicago area….”

Oprah: “So when you were brought up in this kind of evilness did you just think it was normal?”

Polin: “There would be rituals in which babies would be sacrificed.”

To be clear, all the other daytime talk shows jumped on the “satanic ritual abuse” bandwagon as well, but Oprah was the only one to make it about Jews, with no concern for how this idiotic falsehood might impact ordinary Jewish folks (for whatever it’s worth, statistics showed an apparent rise in anti-Jewish hate crimes in the second half of ’89). Oprah met privately with Jewish leaders to hear their grievances, but she steadfastly refused to make an on-air apology for the misinformation she presented. So to those on the far right who may be tempted to dismiss Oprah as good presidential material, keep in mind, here’s someone who resurrected the Jewish blood libel, broadcast it to 7.6 million homes, and refused to cave to the demands of Jewish groups to publicly apologize.[…]

But Jews aside, untold numbers of innocent people suffered as a result of the satanic ritual child abuse hysteria drummed up by Winfrey and her fellow TV muck-meisters. […] (like the Kellers, a Texas couple who spent a staggering 21 years behind bars for “satanic abuse” before being fully exonerated).

But hey—Oprah got her ratings, so all is well.

[…] Over at National Review, Philip DeVoe does a fine job of recalling the time Oprah shilled for murderer James Arthur Ray, the “spiritual warrior” whose “sweat lodge” scam killed three people (the mother of one of the victims directly blamed Oprah’s endorsement of Ray’s murder lodges for the fact that her daughter felt secure taking part in one). And quite a few columnists have brought up Winfrey’s promotion of […] Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaxxerism (because who knows science better than a former nudie model […] But my favorite […] will always be “The Secret.”

[…] The Secret was a self-help book and video that took a perfectly rational and commonly accepted notion—that positive thinking can help people deal with mental or physical crises—and turned it into a fraudulent endeavor of biblical proportions. According to The Secret (to quote Slate’s John Gravois), “mind conjures matter.” If you believe in something strongly enough, it will physically appear. Or vanish, if you prefer.[…]

[…] Oprah pushed The Secret with blind fanaticism. The book and DVD grossed over $300,000,000 in just a few years. Over and over again, Oprah claimed that The Secret is a law of physics no different than gravity. Of course, being pure bullshit, The Secret killed some folks, like Kim Tinkham, who decided to stop treating her breast cancer with medicine because Oprah had assured her that she could just use The Secret to wish the cancer away. Tinkham died from the cancer (bet you didn’t see that coming!). We only know Tinkham’s name because Oprah featured her on her show. There are probably hundreds of other people who also died after substituting The Secret for actual medical care, but we’ll likely never know who they were.

 

[…] In 2007, a friend of mine attempted suicide after The Secret failed to make her platonic guy friend want to become her boyfriend. Just one more Oprah-made casualty!

So please, people on the left and right, stop saying that Oprah doesn’t have what it takes to be president. She has more than aptly demonstrated an indifference to human life that makes Donald Trump look like Gandhi. Moreover, she knows how to wear the face of the humanitarian while committing acts that are anything but. She can present as a lover of peace and positivity, while leaving behind a trail of bodies.[…]

-takimag.com


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