Oprah and Fictitious Non-fiction

'My next guest was used also in worshipping the devil, participated in human sacrifice rituals and cannibalism,' Oprah Winfrey told her audience in a show aired in May of 1989. Oprah didn't say, 'My next guest alleges she was used in worshipping the devil.' Oprah stated it as a fact. Lauren Stratford, the author of a memoir titled Satan's Underground, was also a guest on the same show. Oprah declared that Stratford '...was part of a group of young women and children forced to surrender their bodies into some of the most evil rituals imaginable. Her own child was used in a human sacrifice.' Back then, Oprah was not as zealous for fact—checking as she is today. On last Thursday's show, she indignantly scolded Nan Talese, editor of James Frey's fraudulent memoir, A Million Little Pieces, for publishing a supposed non—fiction book without making sure the events Frey described really happened. Oprah charged Talese. '...how can you say that [the book is brutally honest]...(Read Full Article)

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