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Is Fox Starting A War On Oprah?

Reported by Priscilla - September 9, 2008 -

On yesterday’s Fox Forum blog, Republican Andrea Tantaros, wrote a little screed entitled “Oprah’s Mind: Closed for Business?” in which she blasted Oprah Winfrey for “refusing” to have Sarah Palin as guest on her show until after the election. Last night’s “Grapevine” continued with the poor, persecuted Sarah Palin motif in a segment entitled “Oprah’s Not On.” No, Oprah has not been cancelled; but the Florida Federation of Republican Women is also not happy about Oprah’s decision and is calling for a boycott of Oprah’s show and magazine. The group's president says, "Women in Florida helped build Oprah into the icon she is today... we are deeply disappointed in Ms. Winfrey's decision to sit out the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage." Looks like “some people” think that Oprah is being “uppity.”

Last week, “Grapevine” quoted a Drudge report (“alert”) which claimed that there was a “division” amongst Oprah’s staff about the decision and that Oprah was getting a “ton” of e-mail demanding that Palin be interviewed. It was noted that Oprah denied this report; but the story is out there and Fox latched on to it like white on a Republican Convention. But this latest bit of outrage from these Repblican women is laughable as it demonstrates that they have either a very short memory or don’t know their history. (Comment: like Palin’s understanding of the origin of the Pledge of Allegiance). What these ladies don’t seem to know (or don’t want to know) is that the first woman candidate for Vice-President was the Democrat, Geraldine Ferrarro. And while Palin’s candidacy is a first for the Republican Party, there are other “firsts” that are equally notable such as the election of Montana’s Jeannette Rankin who, in 1917, became the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives; Arkansas” Hattie Caraway who, in 1933 became the first woman elected to the US Senate; Texas’ Miriam Ferguson and Wyoming’s Nellie Taloe Ross who, in 1925, became the first women governors and NY's Shirley Chisholm who, in 1968, became the first African American woman elected to the US House of Representatives

Comment: Oprah made it clear, months ago, that she wasn’t going to have any candidates on her show. Obama was a guest before he became the nominee. She is quoted as saying "At the beginning of this presidential campaign, when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates." The right wing is having a collective hissy fit because a very successful African American woman is making a decision about her show and she has the right to do so. Yes, Oprah is supporting Obama while Fox, a “news” network, is supporting Palin. Obama is the first African American to be the party's nominee for President and that is a much greater historic moment than Palin’s candidacy. But I close with the words of the talented writer, Mary Mitchell, from the Chicago Sun Times: “A truly free black woman owns her stuff, and that makes Oprah one of the freest women in the world.” Deal with it, Fox!