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The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Oprah Confirms Lance Armstrong Admitted Doping

You’ll have to wait to see for sure when the interview airs later this week. Because the whole point of this pseudo-event is, in the end, really just about drumming up television ratings.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Oprah’s ‘Ignorance’ Irks India

“[M]yopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche” is how one critic described Oprah Winfrey’s India travelogue. Viewers on the subcontinent this weekend got their first look at the program, which was taped in January and aired in the U.S. in April.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Oprah’s Soft-Focus Signoff

The Oprahpocalypse is upon us. On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey made her final speech in a farewell sequence that has spanned several months since her announcement that she was pulling the plug on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Great, but did she give away any cars?

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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First Lady Lands on Top of Power List

Michelle Obama put her own career on hold to help her husband become president, but it looks like the perks of being first lady extend beyond just having a kick-ass organic veggie patch at her disposal. 

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart Has No Future in Politics

Well, that headline isn’t exactly true—it’s just that anyone wishing to see “The Daily Show” impresario serve our nation in an officially elected position, instead of playing the political gadfly on Comedy Central, should abandon all hope now. Or so says Jon Stewart.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Oprah Sets Her Show’s Expiration Date

So long, “Oprah”—in 2011, that is. Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous show went national in 1986, and, on Thursday, the talk show host and international media mogul gave notice when she’ll call it a wrap: Sept. 9, 2011, just a day over 25 years since her daytime reign began.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Palin Plays It Coy About 2012 Plans

Could she be a contender? In the eyes of the voting public, that remains to be seen. For her part, Sarah Palin isn’t giving any clear signals that she plans to make a play for the White House in 2012, but in her customary fashion, she’s not exactly answering that question directly and completely either.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


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John Edwards 2008

The Phantom Candidate

I never understood John Edwards’ appeal. I therefore do not expect that Elizabeth Edwards’ new book, or the tiresome media blitz accompanying its publication, will bring a sudden change in my thinking.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


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canada.com

Oprah for Senator?

Say what you want about Rod Blagojevich, but the man knows how to cause a public ruckus. After hitting the airwaves with various startling pronouncements, like his self-comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, the beleaguered Illinois governor revealed on “Good Morning America” on Monday that he had considered offering Oprah Winfrey the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Illinois Senate Takes Up Blagojevich’s Case

He’s been airing his side of the story to the press; now it’s time for the Illinois Senate to actually decide Rod Blagojevich’s fate. On Monday, the impeached Illinois governor went on trial, and his prospects aren’t looking good.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Mrs. Biden’s Oops Moment on ‘Oprah’

One of the cardinal rules for any politician or spouse thereof must be: Don’t ever ad-lib on “Oprah.” Jill Biden found this out during a taping of Winfrey’s show on Monday when she let it slip that Barack Obama initially offered Joe Biden either the vice president position or that of secretary of state.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Stars to Come Out in Force for Obama

Barack Obama has been known to roll with the celebrity set (paging Oprah Winfrey), so perhaps it’s only fitting that his inaugural festivities will begin on Sunday with a show at the Lincoln Memorial replete with boldfaced names and HBO at the ready to showcase the event.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


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freshdames.com

Oprah’s Support = 1 Million Votes

The power of Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement is clearly quantifiable when it comes to her “favorite things” (e.g. book sales), but how about her favorite people (e.g. Barack Obama)? Well, a scholarly duo from the University of Maryland came up with 1 million votes as the impressive, if somewhat strangely derived, number that represents the boost Oprah has given Obama since she gave him her official stamp of approval.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Ellen at Clinton rally

Ellen Rallies for Clinton

Barack Obama’s campaign may count she-mogul Oprah Winfrey in its stable of celebrity boosters, but Hillary Clinton’s got her own talk show powerhouse: Ellen DeGeneres, who made a live appearance during this recent rally to put Hillary on the spot with some tough questions, like what to do about the sparkly danger that glitter poses to Americans everywhere.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


Oprah and the Obamas
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Oprah Zeroes In on California Women

This weekend, Sen. Barack Obama is unleashing a secret weapon in the final push to win Tuesday’s California primary: Oprah Winfrey. Team Obama partly attributes his successes in Iowa and South Carolina to her influence, which he’s hoping will help convince California women to choose him over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah’s Very OWN Television Network

It’s surprising this didn’t happen earlier:  Multimedia mogul Oprah Winfrey is launching a television network, simply and logically called the Oprah Winfrey Network, in conjunction with Discovery Communications.  Oprahphiles can look forward to a 2009 launching for OWN, which Winfrey calls “a natural extension of my show.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Oprah
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Oprah Stumps for Obama at S.C. Stadium Rally

If Oprah Winfrey can do for politicians what she’s done for books and for any number of consumer items on her “Favorite Things” lists, Barack Obama might have a serious shot at the White House next November.  Oprah held court on Sunday at a South Carolina stadium filled with nearly 30,000 Obama supporters, a giant pep rally that “had the feel of a rock concert,” according to Associated Press reporter Seanna Adcox.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Barbra Streisand
foxnews.com

Streisand Gives Clinton the Nod

Politicians have always looked to celebrities for support, wanting stars on their team but not always wanting all the drama that can come with the celeb package.  But Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have chosen carefully—each scoring one of the top picks of the Hollywood litter.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP Photo/Alan Diaz

Candidates for Sale

As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know well, this season’s crop of presidential candidates can’t ignore the super-famous, the super-rich, or those fund-raising impresarios known as “bundlers” in their quest for the White House—and that campaign trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah and Frey
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Frey Won’t Pen Memoir About Faking His Memoir

Fabulist James Frey says on an unaired segment of Oprah that he won’t seek to cash in on his lies. | story
We applaud his promise. In the meantime, should we be surprised if his new book, “My Friend Leonard,” turns out to be ridden with mere “essential truths”?
Also, see a clip of Frey’s Oprah appearance: video (Internet Explorer req’d)

Posted on Jan 28, 2006 READ MORE


Oprah and Frey
From www.defamer.com

Oprah Turns on Frey

In a radical reversal, the talk show host drops her loyalty to Frey on live television and says he “betrayed millions of readers.” During an interview the author admits fictions and confesses that he “made a mistake.” | story

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


Frey Tale Was Debunked By Rehab Staffer Months Before Oprah Show

A former counselor at James Frey’s rehab clinic told Oprah’s producers three months before the show that the memoir was full of B.S. | story
Editor’s note: We feel confident of both the “essential” and actual truths of the above item.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


‘Smoking Gun’ Shoots Holes in Bestseller

James Frey’s addiction memoir “A Million Little Pieces” is riddled with falsehoods, says muckraking website. | story

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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