November 9, 2002
HARPING ON HARPO:
Oprah Winfrey, Warmonger?
(Fedwa Wazwaz, November 9, 2002, AlterNet)
There is a Sanskrit proverb that says, "When understanding is demented, destruction is near." One of the major misunderstandings that exist today is the definition of freedom. Many have come to accept that freedom translates to the ability to make choices. However, what value is a choice made with a demented understanding of reality?
Take for example our choice to wage war against Iraq. On Oct. 9, TV personality Oprah Winfrey used her program to market the war.
Can a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy that's so vast it even includes Oprah still be considered a conspiracy, or is it instead the mainstream?
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2002 6:56 AM
Surely you realize by now that, in these peoples' minds, "right wing" and "conservative" can never
be equated with "mainstream"? They will forever be the arbiters and standard-bearers of "mainstream."
Yeah, but poor sweet Oprah?
Oprah is wealthy, so naturally she's been suborned by the Right.
Oprah has come out in favor of the war, further evidence she's been wooed to the "dark side."
Oprah is on broadcast TV, so she may be FORCED to transmit right-wing stances, against her own better judgement, because the media corps are all right-wing tools.
Or, Oprah may be just like Colin Powell and Condi Rice---see Harry Belafonte.
This latter aspect is the most powerful: Anyone who disagrees w/ them is not mainstream, and if the disagree-er is a minority (or gay or from some other "protected group"), they're "Uncle Toms" or the equivalent.
Neat little world-view, eh?
I see it as proof of the word "vast."