05
Dec
07

One person I wouldn’t want to meet in hell

OprahEvidently, the queen of daytime talk doesn’t have to live up to her own incredibly high moral standards.

You may have noticed that if you intend to A) run for president, B) sell copies of your book or C) declare your love for a Hollywood
starlet, the Oprah Winfrey Show is really the only logical destination.

The Windy City diva controls the minds of millions of American housewives, explaining to them the difference between right and wrong (or 400 and 600 thread count sheets).

Winfrey finally lost it last year, when she had author James Frey back on her show to lambast him for errors (falsities, delusions, whatever you want to call them) in his best-selling novel “A Million Little Pieces.” (As a side note, the book was amazing, true or not.)

But, Oprah was embarrassed. And in front of her minions no less. So, she got her revenge on national TV and that was the end of it. But apparently, Ms. Winfrey is only concerned with SOME stories that are picked out of thin air, because Wednesday, her guest was Mitch Albom.

You may know Mitch from completely making up a column about Mateen Cleaves and Jason Richardson, detailing their clothing and reactions to a basketball game that neither they, nor Albom, attended.

But, Mitch also writes books about meeting people in heaven and having lunch with old people on the same day every week. These sell like hotcakes. And you’ll never guess the audience.

It would appear that Oprah is OK with a lack of integrity as long as the author makes amends by writing fluffy novels. Most of Frey’s work is harsh and graphic, so obviously, he does not receive a pardon.

I didn’t watch the show (excuse me for disliking the taste of vomit in my mouth) Wednesday, but I’m assuming none of the discourse centered around Albom’s deliberately faked column. That would just be petty.

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4 Responses to “One person I wouldn’t want to meet in hell”


  1. December 6, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I guess she doesn’t care because none of her viewers would have been reading Albom’s sportswriting work anyway. It’s an odd precedent though. Did Albom get punished by anyone for that whole flap? I guess you can get away with stuff like that when you’re already a respected writer, unlike Frey, Jayson Blair, etc.

  2. 2 bigyaz
    December 6, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Comparing Albom’s minor transgression with Frey’s serial lying is like comparing you with a real writer.

  3. December 6, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    minor transgression = completely fabricating a newspaper column

    i’m betting you watch a lot of espn bigyaz

  4. 4 bitterkarma
    December 6, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Crazy lady!


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