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Oprah at Harvard

by Stephen Lendman

Harvard's invitation is shameful.

Harvard's Crimson announced it. Oprah will deliver Harvard's 362nd Commencement address.

President Drew Faust called her "journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women one of the great American success stories."

She's best known for her nationally syndicated talk show: The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2011, it ended its 25-year run.

It was broadcast in 145 countries. Annually it reached 40 million US viewers. It featured guests ranging from celebrities to presidents. It won her fame and fortune. 

She owns Harpo Productions. It's Oprah spelled backwards. She has her own cable channel: Oprah Winfrey Network. It's seen in 83 million households.

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She's an African American billionaire. Forbes estimates she's worth $2.8 billion. It ranks her 11th on its 100 most powerful women's list. 

She bested Queen Elizabeth, heads of state, other government officials, corporate CEOs, and Harvard's Faust. Michelle Obama was 7th. Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton ranked one and two.

On May 30, Oprah will address the Afternoon Exercises of Commencement. She'll appear in Harvard Yard's Tercentenary Theater. Last year she spoke at Atlanta's Spelman College. Duke and Stanford invited her earlier.

She's connected to America's rich and powerful. Months before Washington's 2003 Iraq war, she promoted it on air. She had no business doing so. 

She ran video clips featuring "experts." They included Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and others. They lied saying America's "morally" obligated to remove Saddam.

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Oprah called doing so a humanitarian mission. She omitted salient facts. She sold millions of viewers war. She did so with fabricated reasons. She lied for power. It wasn't the first time or last.

In June 2011, In These Times headlined "Oprah's Celebrity Pyramid Scheme," saying:

"There's no there there." She's more infomercial than real. She's "one-dimensional."

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