June 27, 2012
Will Oprah Give Our President the James Frey Treatment?
Back in 2006, Oprah Winfrey admitted to feeling embarrassed after learning that James Frey, whose memoir she had praised and promoted, fabricated many of his life stories. And as we would expect from a woman who rose from poverty to build a powerful media empire, Oprah did not take this sitting down. She invited Frey back on her show to confront him face-to-face. The interview, for anyone who missed it, was not for the faint of heart. Throughout the interview, Oprah supplied a healthy serving of indignation and anger to a hapless Mr. Frey. In describing the interview, TIME magazine noted that a "public flogging" would have been civil in comparison. Indeed, Oprah told Frey that her feelings of disgust towards him were so strong that it was "difficult for her to talk to [him]." Most of the media applauded Oprah's performance. The Washington Post's Richard Cohen labeled Oprah the "Mensch of the year." And Maureen Dowd thought...(Read Full Article)