Saturday, February 04, 2006

The man who conned Oprah

Let's talk about James Frey… the man, as the media has been telling us ad nauseum… the man… who conned Oprah. Now there's a topic that’s going to make America less a nazi dictatorship and more the democracy our founding fathers visualized.

Isn’t it just astonishing how much time the media is willing to devote to a man who conned one of this country’s entertainers – Oprah Winfrey - and how little time they’re willing to devote to the man who conned the entire damn country, George W. Bush? My God. Altho’ I did have to give Greta Van Susteren credit here. At least GRETA didn’t spend her whole show reporting on James and Oprah – Uh uh. Greta gave us all a Natalie Holloway update.

And I couldn’t help but wonder… is America’s collective reputation irreparably damaged in the eyes of the global community because of how this James Frey lied to Oprah, like it has been irreparably damaged over the way George W. Bush lied to America and the entire world as well?

And I also have to wonder how many people died because of the lies this James Frey told Oprah Winfrey, compared to how many have died over the lies George W. Bush’s told America and the entire world.

And I couldn’t help but notice, the media didn’t even need a "semen stain" factor to obsess over this James Frey/Oprah story. So… why is this such a compelling news story? Answer - because this story features a big name entertainer everybody is familiar with, this story serves as a fluff piece the 24/7 news networks can portray as being of interest of all of America, and sadly, they’re right. The average American citizen would much rather hear a story about Oprah Winfrey than one that deals with the little understood world of politics or government.

A story like this ALSO provides the 24/7 news business with their own distractive story so that they don’t have to talk about the real con job of the century - George W. Bush and his repugnant, criminal, impeachable administration. But we shouldn’t be too hard on this James Frey and Oprah Winfrey here. If it wasn’t an Oprah story, it’d be a Michael Jackson story, or a Natalie Holloway story, or a Scott Peterson story… etc. etc. etc. Anything to avoid reporting not only real news… but the truth about the real news. And if all else fails, why then, why not have good old boy Charlie Daniels sing us a go to war, patriotic song, huh?


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