Oprah Show On Iraq War Reflects Badly On The Rest Of Mainstream American TV

Tuesday, after George Bush declared war on Iraq, Oprah Winfrey used her TV show to ask “why do so many hate the United States?” The show “presented a distinct alternative to the perspective presented by every mainstream American broadcaster in the last few months.” In normal circumstances, “the perspectives she presented would not be truly notable, but in the contemporary context, they were amazing. The problem is that the program said more about the rest of American television than it did about Oprah Winfrey.”