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.
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."
"Winfreyism".leads ultimately (to) blind allies." She symbolizes "celebrity divinity." She represents "a vision of universal celebrity as a pyramid scheme." Her comments are "hollow and nonsensical."