Oprah, just go, why don't ya?


( Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2011 ) Oprah Winfrey hugs Tyler Perry while taping the second of two "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" episodes of the Oprah Winfrey Show at the United Center.

Maybe, I thought, I was the only one turned off by the self-adulating excesses surrounding Oprah Winfrey's departure from Chicago. (Where's she going again? Oh, yeah, somewhere out west, to live with all the stars that came to say goodbye to her at her United Center extravagent amour-propre. How's that for irony?)

Naturally, the media had no other choice--struggling for survival as they are in this digitally transformed world--but to cover the immensely popular Winfrey. But, c'mon guys, when is enough, enough? Every time I see someone popping up with an "exclusive" interview with Winfrey, I blanch in embarrassment for my profession--at least that's what journalism was once called. Get used much? 

I'm so sick of the ardor that is stinking up the place, I couldn't read any more about it, which is not the way to research a column or a post. So, when I came across someone who did more than think about it, I was delighted. Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper did a terrific job, and I highly recommend it. 

He concluded:

From the footage I have seen of the event, the most memorable moment came when Jada Pinkett Smith said to Oprah, "You have enlightened us, you have empowered us, you have taught us how to 'be' . . . I know you don't have children of your own, but you have mothered millions . . ."

Wow. That's just about the perfect combo platter of a load of New Age baloney coupled with a backhanded compliment.

Ya gotta read it. 



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  • The real question is how does every media outlet have an "exclusive interview" with anyone (whether it be Emanuel, or whomever) on a media tour?

    Does Letterman have an exclusive interview with each person who is hawking a book, until next morning they go across the street to Regis?

    I figure that if Oprah has this pull, and admittedly has been about the only economic development force in Chicago in the past decade, let her have her finale. I doubt that Ryan and Valerie (with guest commentator Roe) will get one.

  • You got that right. What more to expect from the biggest load of superficiality on the block?

  • In reply to WByrne:

    Somehow this was posted out of order. I referred to: "Wow. That's just about the perfect combo platter of a load of New Age baloney coupled with a backhanded compliment."

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