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“The item in today’s Drudge Report is categorically untrue. There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this Presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.”
And along with Oprah’s statement, Drudge includes this photo of Obama being interviewed on Oprah’s show.
I don’t know when he was on the show, but if it was after he declared his candidacy for president, then she’s made herself out to be a liar.
Oprah is an Obama girl, but you’d think as a brilliant business woman she’d take advantage of hosting Sarah Palin for the ratings bonanza, but she decided to walk away. Her staff, according to Drudge, is divided on the issue.
Update: Drudge has more information:
Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America — but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!
Oprah’s staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
“Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on,” an insider explains. “Oprah’s website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama.”
One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!
It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin’s historic convention speech.
Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.
Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama’s campaign, refused requests for comment.
Oprah is turning into a political hack for Obama. Her viewers aren’t going to allow her to separate her political self from her show self because Oprah’s audience loves her because she’s portrayed herself as being authentic, that she’s one of them. If Oprah keeps this up, she may be seen as a fraud.
Lorie adds: Oprah’s message boards are hopping!