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Posted in JREF by Skepdude on June 10, 2009

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Sigh. This is ugly. Really really ugly. The Huffington Post has been getting bashed by skeptics lately for being credulous at best and downright silly at worst. And now I can see why.

Most of you know that Oprah was called to task in Newsweek recently. I was going to mention it in Swift, but I  stopped myself for two reasons: 1) everyone else mentioned it, and 2) it lauded Dr. Mehmet Oz as a voice of reason on Oprah’s show. He’s not, and it doesn’t take much research to see that.

Anyway, today, Deepak ChOPRAH weighed in on Oprah’s side. Yes, I’m going to spell his name like that. Deal with it.

So here’s the article. Please read it if you can. I won’t blame you if you can’t. I’m going to go through it here anyway.

ChOPRAH says:

The (Newsweek) story failed to gain traction for obvious reasons. Oprah has aired innumerable shows on health, of which the controversial ones are a tiny minority. Her intention to improve women’s lives on all fronts is so obvious as to be almost above criticism. The credibility for women’s well-being and welfare she has earned day after day over the past two decades will not be undone with a story that cherry-picks the guests who can be made easy targets of ridicule by the medical establishment. And the fact that she has celebrity guests who have causes and crusades in the area of health, such as Jenny McCarthy or Suzanne Somers, is not the same as Oprah herself endorsing what they say.

Ok, please. Deepak, spare us your manipulative rhetoric. The piece failed to gain traction? I don’t see it stuck in the snow anywhere… it was all over the place, and got enough “traction” for you to respond to it. As for her intention to “improve women’s lives,” consider that she’s a billionaire. She earned it, I have no qualms about that, but she earned it the old fashioned way: her intention was to make as much money as possible.  And to say that Oprah doesn’t endorse Jenny McCarthy is simply dishonest. She gave her a show!

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