Oprah is starting to remind me of the scum of Wall Street that got away with huge money while the customer got screwed.
In Oprah’s case, the customer is you and me. Oprah’s work is to check out and bring us good things to read and watch.
Because of her poor research, Oprah got taken. Then she took us all for a ride.
More precisely, Oprah allowed herself to be taken.
Oprah, like many of us, often fails to do her homework.
But the lesson of credibility, often learned once some or all credibility is lost, is that to remain in high esteem in the kind of work Oprah Winfrey has chosen, one must be right most of the time.
And that means even the Queen of daytime TV has to do her homework — or just make sure her staff does theirs.
Oprah gets paid handsomely for doing her homework. She just doesn’t always do it.
Oprah’s Literary Liars Club: Who Is Responsible?
Forbes reported during 2007 that Oprah’s yearly pay was $260 Million — and that she was worth $1.5 Billion
Oprah was, frankly, taken in by a fraud when she discovered Herman Rosenblat’s memoir, “Angel at the Fence.”
By dubbing a fraud “the single greatest love story” ever featured by Oprah, the megastar calls into question her exact criteria for greatness.
Just as Oprah was shocked to find evil behavior at her girls’ school in Africa, Oprah got a black eye on a book because she never really investigated its lineage.
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls had Oprah’s money and Oprah’s prestige and Oprah’s cachet but none of Oprah’s supervision, direction or involvement.
And Oprah cried when she found out what was going on at her school.
Well, the buck stops here.
Oprah is a fraud.
We hope Oprah has enough sense (and time) to sort all this out and do her homework with more diligence.
People trust you, Oprah, which brings certain responsibility…..You have all the money anyone could want: now how about trying to be real. Honest. A semi-journalist.
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By Richard Rusher
Peace and Freedom
Professor Ken Waltzer, the director of Michigan State University’s Jewish Studies program, said the book “Angel at the Fence,” “was at the far end of implausibility, yet until yesterday, no one connected with packaging, promoting, and disseminating it asked questions about or investigated it. Some actively resisted such investigation and tried to shut mine down.”
By Emily Friedman
Unfortunately for Oprah Winfrey, some stories really are too good to be true.
Herman Rosenblat’s memoir, “Angel at the Fence,” deemed by Winfrey as “the single greatest love story” she’s ever featured on her show, may now be coined by some as the single phoniest love story, after the author admitted he fabricated the story of how he and his wife met at a Nazi concentration camp.
They did not, as Rosenblat falsely wrote in the book, meet at a concentration camp during World War II, where Rosenblat claimed his wife had thrown him apples and bread over the barbed-wire fence that separated them.
In reality, Rosenblat and his wife, Roma, were set up on a blind date in New York years after the war was over.
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