Oprah was ONLY major media to question going to war

I found this fascinating information on-line:

Oprah did more to try to prevent America from going to war than anyone else in mainstream media.  As early as the Fall of 2001 she did a show called "Is War the Only Answer?" Unfortunately that shows sparked the worst and most vicious hate mail of her career.  Then a few months later when she declined an invitation to go to Afghanistan with Bush, people were furious that she would defy a sitting president during a time of war.  All of this made her extremely fearful to dissent and for a while her show was extremely careful not to be seen as unpatriotic and she even allowed pro-war voices to appear on her show.  But when a woman in her audience questioned the propaganda the media was feeding them Oprah realized she had a moral responsibility.

By November 2002, she gathered enough courage to do a show challenging her audience to question their government's foreign policy.  The show was praised by anti-war activist Michael Moore and he was so impressed he begged Oprah to run for president.  Then on February 6 & 7 2003, while the rest of the media was praising Collin Powell's United Nation's speech, Oprah told her audience that now more than ever was the time to speak out. It was a crucial time to speak out because public opinion had been against the war prior to Powell's speech.  Oprah showed clips from average people all over the world begging America not to go to war. She showed clips of Nelson Mandella & Pope John Paul II denouncing war.  She interviewed the founder of Patriots for Peace. She hosted a debate between Thomas Friedman and anti-war activist Jessica Mathews who informed her audience that there were no links between Saddam and Al Quada & even Friedman conceded that Iraq was not a security threat to the U.S.  And the end of the debate Oprah agreed with Mathews that the case for war had not been made.  The show was so anti-war that it was allegedly taken off the air half way through in some markets.

Amazingly Oprah continued to air dissent right up until 2 days before the war began.  On March 18, 2003 she invited anti-war Middle East professor Fawaz Gerges and spent an entire segment showing shocking antiwar clips from Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine followed by anti-war commentary from Moore.

Oprah did everything in her power short of career suicide to prevent a war.  Donahue spoke out against war too, but he had a tiny audience on MSNBC.  Oprah was the ONLY major media to join the anti-war movement and she deserves an enormous amount of credit for that.  Not only is she a symbol of the American dream and the most philanthropic African-American of all time, but she was on the right side of history too.

More details in the links provided:

http://blogs.mtengine.com/billy/2003/02/ bush_interrupts.html
http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/03 /02/07_Oprah.html
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/BenSh apiro/2003/03/19/the_oprah_schnook_club
http://www.expressnews.ualberta.ca/artic le.cfm?id=5643
http://citypages.com/databank/24/1164/ar ticle11140.asp
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/17/ 05814/1439

Tags: Iraq, Media, obama, Oprah, war (all tags)

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27 Comments

Which again points back to

when Micheal Moore went after Wolf Blitzer, and why the MEDIA (MSM) did not do their JOB in questioning this war?  They got pinned in a corner with their tails between their legs and just took the information from the MSM, as FACT.  I don't know if Oprah was the only one, but there were alot of folk who did not question ANYTHING pertaining to this war, and are NOW trying to back peddle.

by icebergslim 2007-07-20 11:08AM | 0 recs
Oprah is the only media Moore praised

Read his book DUDE WHERE'S MY COUNTRY.  On pg 87 he praises her for being the ONLY U.S. meida to show anti-war footage no other media would dare show. She even had him him on speaking out against war 2 days before the war began in a last minute effort to prevent a war which the Canadian press described as an extraordinary act of intelligence on Oprah's part.  Moore spent several pages of his book begging Oprah to run for president, that's how impressed he was by her pre-war coverage.

by arttech 2007-07-20 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Oprah is the only media Moore praised

I'm not tryin to read the book, and I stated "I don't know, if", did you read the comment?  And I agree, if Oprah was the only one outing the war, which was a VERY UNPOPULAR stance at that time, then KUDOS for her.  Which may be another reason, why she is not backing Clinton.  And she knows the Clintons, and even said at an engagement with Hillary Clinton there, that she hope her to be the first female president.  But that was before all this crap of Iraq broke out, and many have changed their minds, since then.

by icebergslim 2007-07-20 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Oprah is the only media Moore praised

I protested for weeks before the war began, trying to keep it from happening. I was surprised that more people were on my side than on the 'other' side. By far. Only the Nazi neocons and their captive media serfs (plus a few people who listen to the wackjob radio airheads) were pro-war.

by blues 2007-07-21 04:19PM | 0 recs
Oprah also sucked up to Dubya and Laura

In 2000 she had them on her show and just had a swell time with them.  She helped humanize those two freaks and let the woman who watch her show buy into the "compassionate comservative" crap.

by dpANDREWS 2007-07-20 11:51AM | 0 recs
Her audience didn't buy it

Bush appeared on Oprah September 19, 2000.  The day before he appeared on her show (sept 18) Gore had a 5 point lead over Bush.  The day after Bush appeared on Oprah (sept 20) Gore had a 6 point lead over Bush.  Two days after Bush appeared on Oprah (sept 21st) Gore had a 10 point lead over Bush. So Bush got no bounce from appearing on Oprah, and actually declined in the polls.  Bush didn't take the lead in the race until Sept 24 (a full 5 days after his Oprah appearance)but by October 5, Gore recaptured the lead beating Bush by 11 points.
By contrast Gore did get a bounce when he appeared on Oprah September 11, 2000. The day before the appearance he was beating Bush by 3 points.  The day after he had doubled his lead to 6 points.
source:
http://archives.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS /stories/10/06/tracking.poll/index.html
by arttech 2007-07-20 12:16PM | 0 recs
I didn't say bounce

I said she humanized him and allowed people to think this his compassionate conservatism stuff was for real.  

I think that helped him in the end.  A lot of woman decided that they could vote for him.

by dpANDREWS 2007-07-20 12:33PM | 0 recs
She humanized Gore

Gore was the one who needed humanizing as he was seen as stiff and robotic. On Oprah he showed a sense of humor and got a bounce from the appearance.  You can argue that Oprah helped Bush too but the polls immediately following her show prove otherwise. Also Bush lost the soccer mom vote (Oprah's demographic) in 2000 even though he won it in 2004.

by arttech 2007-07-20 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Oprah also sucked up to Dubya and Laura

Excuse me, but get the facts correct.  Oprah, had BOTH Gore and Bush on while they ran for president.  It was required, that if she had one, she had to have the other.  And Bush did not want to come on the show, but Laura Bush did, because she said it would be good for Bush, because of the huge audience Oprah Winfrey has.

by icebergslim 2007-07-20 03:07PM | 0 recs
WHAT????? Are you KIDDING?

OMG...she almost attacked a female audience member for questioning her and her guests pushing for the War.

And WHICH war are you referring to?  Fall of 2001 was Afghanistan and Al Qaeda, not Iraq.

Even in the one clip I looked at of your GLOWING PRAISE for Oprah, they even wrote:

"This show was much more balanced than the shows she had done in the Fall which were more pro-Administration. "

I for one couldn't believe how pro war she was.

by LindaSFNM 2007-07-20 11:53AM | 0 recs
That female audience member was the turning point

Oprah took a lot of heat for protesting the Afghanistan war so in the fall of 2002 so she tried to balance it by allowing the New York Times etc on, however when a woman in Oprah's audience exposed the guests as pro-war propagandists Oprah was so deeply  disturbed that by November 2003 she did a show that was so anti-war that Michael Moore begged her to run for president.  Then the day after Powell's speech, she did a MASSIVE TWO DAY ANTI-WAR show that was so powerful it created a major panic and was taken off the air in some markets. Please read all the links I provided.  She even did a shockingly anti-war show TWO DAYS before the war began.  Oprah did everything in her power to prevent the war and is THE ONLY PERSON IN AMERICA WHO SPOKE OUT BEFORE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE RIGHT UP TO THE FINAL HOURS.

by arttech 2007-07-20 12:09PM | 0 recs
I meant by Nov 2002 she turned against the war

by arttech 2007-07-20 12:11PM | 0 recs
by dpANDREWS 2007-07-20 11:53AM | 0 recs
It was right after September 11th

Of course Oprah and everyone else were on the pro-Bush bandwagon.  But the point is Oprah was the ONLY major media to jump off.

by arttech 2007-07-20 12:19PM | 0 recs
Rosie, Dixie Chicks, heck even Chris Matthews

All opposed the war from start as well.

by dpANDREWS 2007-07-20 12:34PM | 0 recs
But they didn't have a voice

Rosie could have had a major impact but she quit her show and only came back to TV when it was too late.  The Dixie Chicks were brave but unlike Oprah they didn't have a daily forum. Chris Mathews is great, but his audience is relatively small.  Oprah was the ONLY person who opposed the war before millions and millions of people and did so at the most crucial time of all: The day after Powell's UN speech and then again 40 hours before the war began. Oprah's opposition was such a threat that it had to be taken off the air according to the links I provided. She deserves a Pulitzer prize and a Nobel prize.

She's a humanitarian. She is BRILLIANT. She's all-knowing, all-wise.

by arttech 2007-07-20 12:45PM | 0 recs
Re: But they didn't have a voice

Yes, which means that Oprah is a hell of a lot more qualified that Hillary.

by niagra2000 2007-07-20 01:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Rosie, Dixie Chicks, heck even Chris Matthews

If you tried to oppose this war you were called everything, but the mother of god.

American should NEVER allow the MSM to get away with not reporting the real facts.  And Americans should never hide their heads in the sand, again.

by icebergslim 2007-07-20 03:10PM | 0 recs
Didn't Phil Donahue lose his show on MSNBC

because pretty much every episode was a protest to the war?

by bookgrl 2007-07-20 01:57PM | 0 recs
But Donahue wasn't major media

His audience was probably in the hundreds of thousands.  Oprah's audience is in the millions. But yes Donahue was against the Iraq war even earlier than Oprah was.  In fact Oprah interviewed Donahue for her magazine in September 2002 and she praised him for being the voice of dissent but was too scared to dissent herself after the backlash she got for speaking out against the Afghanistan war.

However after a woman in Oprah's audience stood up and dismissed some pro-war guests she had on as propaganda, Oprah realized she had a moral responsibility to be more like Donahue, especially since she had a much bigger audience.  And unlike Donahue, Oprah was on the air during the final days before the war and so was able to air dissent until the final hours.  

by arttech 2007-07-20 02:09PM | 0 recs
Wow.

Oprah has a lot of influence but even she couldn't even stop an administration that is hell bent on war.

by lovingj 2007-07-20 02:06PM | 0 recs
Who can...

when you are hell bent on bullshit, got all the power in all three divisions of the government.  Who can?  And this is scary, because none of us know how the next president will be.   Will this Bush Admin be a precedent of how future presidents will govern with executive order?  And I don't care what side of the aisle you are on, we don't knowt these people.  We only know what it projected for us to know.  That there is a scary scenario.

by icebergslim 2007-07-20 03:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Who can...

That s why we have to be vigilant and speak out on policies that are dangerous even if esposed by the candidate we supported in the GE.

by BDM 2007-07-20 06:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Oprah was ONLY major media to question going t

Thank you for posting this, I had no idea she spoke out against the war on air.

However, airing anti-war episodes obviously was not enough. Did she organize her viewers to speak out against the war, attend anti-war rallies or protests, or contact their representatives, senators or the president?

by domma 2007-07-20 03:41PM | 0 recs
No she didn't go that far

She was more of subtle activist.  Her main goal was to break the silence and for the first time give people in other countries the chance to speak directly to the American public and ask them not to support the war.  For the first time millions of Americans got to see that world opinion was 90% against the war as she beamed footage of everyday people from Iraq, Britain, Pakistan, Idonesia, France, Italy, South Africa all speaking out against war and gave her studio audience a chance to react.  She had on people like Jessica Mathews and Fawaz Gerges to explain that there was no connection between Al Quada and Saddam.  

But you're right she could have a done a lot more but she wasn't quite that brave.  I'm not claiming she's a saint. My only point is that she did a hell of a lot better job than any other MAJOR media or major politician at the time, though that's not saying much.

by arttech 2007-07-20 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: No she didn't go that far

hER SUPPORT FOR oBAMA WILL BE A BIG BOOST FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

by BDM 2007-07-20 06:18PM | 0 recs
It already has been

Right after Oprah endorsed Obama on Larry King live and had him on her show, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine, his book hit #1 on the NY Times best-seller list, he announced he was running for president, and he just rapidly came out of nowhere to become the most successful grassroots fundraiser ever.  I predict Obama will win. He's managed to become popular with both left-wing Democrats, independents, and moderate republicans.  That's an amazing combination.

by arttech 2007-07-20 06:34PM | 0 recs

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