Winfrey speaks out about Palin on show, wouldn't have Michelle Obama on during campaign

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Oprah Winfrey spoke briefly during a live broadcast of her talk show Friday about her decision not to interview Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin while the election was going on.

It's the first time Winfrey has acknowledged the manufactured controversy on her show.

"I declared back in May I was not going to use my show as a platform," Winfrey said.

I spoke out as a private citizen for the candidate of my choice, she added, echoing comments she said in a statement weeks back.

Winfrey said it was suggested Michelle Obama -- wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama -- appear on her show following Michelle's speech at the Democratic National Convention. However, Winfrey said no for the same reason she was not using the show as a platform for any of the candidates.

Winfrey has openly supported and campaigned for Barack Obama, but has never made that support known during episodes of her show.

More on the controversy here and why it's a non-issue.

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I don't blame Oprah for not having the gov. on her show. If Oprah were to ask a hard question ( or just a question) and the gov. was unable to answer it,then those same people would cry fowl..so Oprah would be damned if she did and damned if she didn't.Oprah is one smart woman and God bless her...


i strongly belive that oprah has made the right decision of not champaign with her tv show.we all know that oprah support obama on hunderd percent.she may have her own belifes or reason why she don't want the canidates on her show. i belive oprah would help the canidate because she an stron role model.just because her show is popular that don't mean she has to have them on there because that would make its seems like the canidate are usig oparh show for there own politcal reason.

To Julie Calow,

Amen, sister.

Oprah has already had Barack and Michelle Obama on her show. To say that she won't have Palin or McCain on her show to "not use her show as a platform" is completely hypocritical. She won't use her show as a Republican platform. That's fine, I just wish she'd be honest.

My beliefe is Oprah does not have Barack Obama, on her talk show because of her rating. She probably do not want to offend any of her fans.
Although she support Obama, and speaks highley of him. I feel that she already put herself out there, so why not have a discussion with him on her talk show. America wants to here his views and the question the audience, may have to ask the democuatic nominee. And what better talk show to have it then the famous Oprah show.

If Oprah does not want to use her show as a platform, it is her right. Most people say what they would do if it were them,but the truth is their not in her position.Oprah is a self-made show,so it's about Oprah.I respect her judgement.We can only assume whats said and done behind closed doors.For as a child I was always told,"What goes on in the dark will(soon)come out in the light!" In closing,Brack and Michelle Obama have done a superior job on their on and The Oprah Show is not the only useable platform. Oprah's vote is what counts in the end.

My beliefe is Oprah does not have Barack Obama, on her talk show because of her rating. She probably do not want to offend any of her fans.
Although she support Obama, and speaks highley of him. I feel that she already put herself out there, so why not have a discussion with him on her talk show. America wants to here his views and the question the audience, may have to ask the democuatic nominee. And what better talk show to have it then the famous Oprah show.

In my opinion I feel Oprah Winfrey have the right to choose who she wants on her show I think she is honest, and stands behind her beliefs regardless to what anyone thinks. It is clear who wants as the next president and I believe this will become reality. As for the republican women who believe they made her, I say to them "stop watching the show it will not make a difference".

In my opinion I feel Oprah Winfrey have the right to choose who she wants on her show I think she is honest, and stands behind her beliefs regardless to what anyone thinks. It is clear who wants as the next president and I believe this will become reality. As for the republican women who believe they made her, I say to them "stop watching the show it will not make a difference".

Oprah has the right to do what she wants to do on her show. People think that just becasue she is black that she has the moral obligation to campagin for Barack Obama at all times. Oprah knows that she has alot of infulence on the people who watch her show so she tries to even the playing field for some. Sarah Palin on her show is showing that she looks at both sides of the argument and cares about what the other nominees have to say. yes she believes that Barack Obama is the better nominees for president but doesn't feel that she should just bring he mutual exclusive decision into her show. she hasn't survive this long for telling people just to believe in what she believes in and she knows that.

I am sure that Sara is not losing any sleep for not being on Oprah!!!I really can not blame Oprah Sara is such a real beauty,that people would see how really ugly Oprah is!!!!!!!!!!God help her if with all that money and she still looks like she does,how would she look without all that make up?

Number 1 michelle obahma is not a cannadate for any office; however sarah palin is. How can you compare them? Oprah wake up, you dont seem to understand the common prople.

I might even watch the show if she had Sarah on. She is so pleasant to watch (Sarah, not Oprah).

i believe that oprah's show should be outlawed for indoctrinating gullible people.

oprah is telling women how to lives their lives when she has no shilfren, no husband, no family, her mother is a shoplifter in milwaukee and her boyfriend STEADMAN is at best a metro and probably a little further than the MET portion.

Oprah is a liar. A.) She's already had Obama on and stumped for him. B.) Michelle Obama is not running for office. C.) She's already proved she's a new ager who votes based on race so it won't do any good since she's lost the majority of her followers. All that's left for her is the stupid idol worshiping people.

Be careful what you wish for; you may not want it once you get it. I'm not sure Obama is the right person to lead our country nor am I sure McCain is the one either. They both remind ME of George Bush and we sure don't want another one of those. I can't believe people don't want someone in office that just might be able to get some of our rights back; like the right to privacy; the right to own a gun if we so choose (that one is still in limbo in some places). A president that will keep his nose at home and take care of the American people and what's best for the country instead of trying to run all the other countries. I am a nobody but the U.S. is full of us. My opinion probably doesn't count for much but that is what it is, is my opinion.

Oprah had Obama on her show just before he announced. She was and is a major and enthusiastic supporter and it is inconceivable that the did not know that he was going to be a candidate. She is of course entitled to her personal political views but please stop insulting us with this drivel about being about not using her show for partisan purposes. Refusing to interview the first female candidate for Vice President of the United States in history is unconscionable. With this decision she is using her show for partisan political purposes. Her avowed goal of empowering women should be "empowering women when it is convenient for Oprah". Is Oprah so afraid of a strong woman with whom she has a political difference of opinion that she is willing to throw female empowerment under the bus for Barack? I have canceled my subscription to O and will no longer waste my time watching her show.

Oprah had Obama in her show just before he announced. She was and is a major and enthusiastic supporter and it is inconceivable that the did not know that he was going to be a candidate. The fact is that she is using her show for partisan political purposes and her avowed goal of empowering women has been harmed as a result. Is Oprah so afraid of a strong woman with whom she has a political difference of opinion that she is willing to throw female empowerment under the bus for Barack.

It's refreshing to see a celebrity recognize that customers fall on both sides of the political spectrum.

As for being a "good American" (as suggested by commenter Julie Crow), I'd say she is being a "good American." Good Americans would want fellow citizens to make an informed decision, and I don't believe Oprah is prepared to give equal opportunity to the candidates on her show. I also believe that Oprah knows that, and she is doing the right thing by refraining from including politics in her products.

I don't care for Oprah, but I applaud her decision.

Never in my lifetime have I seen such enthusiasm for a Vice Presidential candidate. Sarah Palin’s arrival on the scene was like a fresh breeze on LA’s smoggiest day. She is a ray of sunshine which is blinding the entrenched Democrats and their sub-human liberal drudges who promote their dark socialist agenda.

The liberals are flailing around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying in any way and any means to discredit Sarah Palin.

John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin is like giving a shot of adrenalin to a nearly stopped heart! There is finally hope that the Republican party will rise to new heights after suffering through over seven and a half years of the RINO Bush Administration.

Beyond a doubt, the selection of Sarah Palin as America’s Vice Presidential choice was the smoothest political move that any party has come up with in a century.

Sarah Palin’s selection has breathed new life into the Republican Party. Her selection has thrown the Democratic party for a loop. They have become so muddled and confused that they have embarked on an effort to destroy this fine woman by attacking her using outright lies, gossip, obfuscation, slander, attacks on her family and personal attacks on her looks, abilities, experience and anything else they can think of.

This shows just how desperate these bottom feeders really are. The liberals are unable to tell us what Barack Husseine Muhammad Obama II‘s “achievements” are and none are able to come up with any thing meaningful. Why?

It is obvious that Sarah Palin (our Republican Vice Presidential) candidate’s achievements and abilities far outpace Barack Husseine Muhammad Obama’s, the Democrat Presidential Candidate?

Yes, but you had H.Obama on your show twice and his wife also while supporting him for president. To now not have the first republican woman VP nomine is shameful. You "claim" to be about womens issues, what's more currant and important than the second woman to ever get the nomination for VP? You have made it clear that this isn't a sex issue but a race issue, how sad.

Yes, but you had H.Obama on your show twice and his wife also while supporting him for president. To now not have the first republican woman VP nomine is shameful. You "claim" to be about womens issues, what's more currant and important than the second woman to ever get the nomination for VP? You have made it clear that this isn't a sex issue but a race issue, how sad.

A candidate does not need to appear on The Oprah Show. If she supports a certain person, all she needs to do is whisper the name of her fav.

Simple as that.

Oprah is so full of it.

Ms. Winfrey launched Obama to national stardom on her show before the campaign knowing full well that Obama was going to run for President. Does she think her audience is stupid? We all know who she is supporting and why. Her telling people that she will not use her show as a platform is nonsense.

Oprah already set a precedent by having Obama on her show. She must think all Americans are naive to believe that she didn't know Obama wasn't going to run for the democrat nominee to the presidency. What a joke. No guts, no glory.

As a private citizen, Oprah has the right to do whatever she wants with her private life. However when it comes to the Airwaves of TV, limits are needed! There are only so many channels available to be broadcast on. That is why the Democrats in Congress are looking to implement the “Fairness Doctrine” again, to force radio, TV and possible the Internet to broadcast all views equally, both Conservative and Liberal views.

So since Oprah did have Senator Obama on her show for a full hour, in September 2007, when he was actively running for President, it is only fair that she have on Senator McCain on. Yet with Sarah Palin on the ticket, she would be a better fit on a show that is for the upwards moment of women and minorities.

You give one hour of afternoon TV time to a liberal, then in fairness you should give one hour to a conservative.

I think that most people, including her audience know the facts, understand that Obama was on her show already, know the bias, etc. Trying to explain it over and over with the same words is just keeping it fresh in everyone's mind. I doubt that it will affect anyone's vote, but it sure will affect the popularity of the show even if just for a short time.

Oprah's a fool. It's not for nothing her ratings are going down the toilet. She's lost touch.

Oprah is going to vote for Obama because he's Black.....That's OK but she's scared it will cost her her White "Sisters" and their MONEY. Oprah, BUTCH UP and tell the TRUTH.

"I declared back in May I was not going to use my show as a platform," Winfrey said--Except for Obama. If Palin were black she would have been on already,.. another racist libtard at work

I'm just glad that people are moving away from watching Oprah in droves. Her numbers are down and this Palin fiasco only helps those numbers drop further. Anyone who thought she was a friend to women can rest assure, she's there for the money and herself. If not, she'd interview Palin just because she's a human interest story. If McCain/Palin win in Nov. Palin probably won't show! Wouldn't that be ironic! lol

Mark.... Oprah like a religion? Um... I suggest you cover Jesus like a religion.

Wether on air or off Oprah is Oprah you can not disconnect your self from the show. To say in her private life she supports whom she wants to is fine but when she goes out on national television (on set or off) Oprah has used her show as a platfrom. Calculated and dishonest

So, is Oprah being racist or sexist? Or is she just a democrat tool?

Oprah is full of crap.

I believe that Oprah should learn how to keep her personal life and beliefs seperate from that of content that is in her show. If she can't then maybe she should get a new job.

Personally, I thought she would support Hillary, because she is a woman; and Oprah seems to always promote the growth and potential of women, sadly, she chose race over it.

But it is her call, for me, she has shown she is a fraud, and a phony, just like Obama, I am from Chicago, and helping organize people to get food stamps and government housing, etc does not make you qualified to lead our country, economy and fight terrorism.

Obama needs to go back to Chicago and clean up the South Side, seeing the violence and crime is out of control. What does that say about his organizing?

Too late Oprah, you have endorsed Obama covertly and overtly. Ya cant have it both ways honey. Try not to be a part of the AmeriKan Obama networks.

Oprah is using her show to promote a candidate. And, Mark Consuelos and Kelly graduated college. Mark was kicked out of ND due to sexual advances. In fact, knowing Sarah, Kelly Ripa is about like her. A beauty gal, a woman that goes to PTA meetings and works and is the breadwinner. Isn't this a smart woman and then she has a college degree? Katie Couric was the first TV woman and made a big deal of this and Sarah is the first VP candidate as a woman. Where is the support. Opray was the first talk show host that is a woman. Katie's interview was such a turn off and she obviously never had spent anymore than a week in Alaska. As a past decade long resident of Alaska, there is a lot of room for people in the Lower 48 to acknowledge they are very judgemental and unfair to her as a woman let alone as a legitimate VP! I do not look up to Opray and this has been a complete turn off, but Opray is like all the corporate CEO's and has the money and power to do as she pleases. As a woman, I want to turn on a TV show and learn about other women and their accomplishments.

I'm admire Oprah for her non-biased stance on not having the candidates, their spouses and running mates on her show. I probably wouldn't respect her as much if she had Michelle Obama on her show but refused to have Sarah Palin. Its a very profound sense of judgement that Oprah has displayed in this scenario and I truly admire her for that.

Oprah should do what John McCain did this week. She should shut down her show, go knock on Barack and Michelle's front door. When it opens and Barack is standing there she should tell him to fire Joe Biden!! then she should tell Barack to put her on the ticket as his Vice President.

Then America would surely be safe from overseas terrorists!


I'm not sure what she could do about the 50,000,000 or so White Supremacists and Work place terrorists in this country?

And so it goes.

If Oprah believes in Obama I believe she should campaign for him in whatever way she would like. Just because she has a show that many people watch doesn't mean she cannot campaign for Obama. I believe if anything Oprah can help his campaign. Oprah should be able to show her support just like everyone else is doing for the candidate of their choice. Oprah may have her own beliefs of why she will not publicly show her support on her television show, but if she strongly believes in Barack Obama why not ahow those beliefs in whatever way she can. Oprah is a strong woman and an exellent role model. People look up to Oprah and she should recognize that opportunity. If Obama does not win the race then she may have been able to do something that could have helped him get into office. He can make a great change in this country and if she really believes this change will happen she should do whatever she can to help make that change. It goes back to being a good American and patriotism. If you want this country to get better and change to be made, get involved and do somthing about it Oprah.

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