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Obama-backer Oprah says no Sarah Palin on her TV show

Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire TV talk-show diva who is supporting the Democratic presidential nominee, says she will Oprah Winfrey supports Barack Obama for the presidency and campaigned for him but now prohibits the Republican female vice president Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska from being on her widely-watched TV shownot allow the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on her daily show, which is widely viewed by women.

The 44-year-old Palin is the first female nominee on a Republican presidential ticket in the party's 164-year history, though she is little-known outside Alaska, where she was elected a reform governor in 2006.

Palin, a former high school basketball star and beauty pageant contestant, is the mother of five, an outdoorswoman and part owner in her husband Todd's commercial fishing business.

This past year Oprah endorsed Barack Obama for president. It was the first time she bAlaska Governor Sarah Palin the first female on a national Republican Party ticket in historyecame publicly involved in politics.

Oprah emceed numerous rallies for the freshman Democrat senator in key caucus and primary states, drawing large crowds, donations, media coverage and many new volunteers. She also hosted a lucrative fundraiser at one of her homes, near Santa Barbara. But she has so many we can't count 'em.

Oprah's political involvement, as noted previously by...

...The Ticket, hurt her in TV ratings, though she remains clearly the most-watched such show.

Many commentors on Ticket items expressed resentment that Winfrey, who made her fortune off appealing to women, would desert the first serious female candidate to vie for her party's nomination, Hillary Clinton, another Democrat, in favor of a male candidate, Obama. She also did not have Clinton on her program during the campaign.

TMZ, the widely-read celebrity website, asked Winfrey about having Palin on her program to describe her life and views to other American women.

In a post earlier today, TMZ said Winfrey replied, "There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show."

According to TMZ, Winfrey also said: "At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates."

Winfrey also said she would "love" to have the Republican candidate on her show, but only after the Nov. 4 election, which pits the Illinois Democrat Obama against Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

Winfrey has had Obama on her program two previous times, in January 2005 and again in the fall of 2006 shortly before he announced his presidential candidacy.

What do Ticket readers think? Is this fair? Would you watch an Oprah show with Palin and/or Obama? Do you still watch Oprah's program in the first place?

-- Andrew Malcolm

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The National Guard is part of each states protection. The governor is in charge. Example sending them to help hurricane vicims in LA. She sdoes the budget and makes sure that they and their family has what it needs. As for foreign affairs experience, if she becomes President, she can do what Obama did pick a VP with more experience than he has. Oparh has a right not to have her on her show, And I have a right not to watch her or subscribe to her mag any longer. She obviously puts race before women Hilary or Sarah.

Who Cares. Sarah Palin is class, class, class. She would outshine her by a mile. Don't watch her show anyway. Couldn't care less what Oprah thinks. I certainly wouldn't cast my vote on her endorsements or opinions. I have a mind of my own.
Sarah will get plenty of exposure on much better TV than some old talk show.

This is a shining example of how the limousine liberals are just hypocrites and not open to dialog if it's contrary to their points of view. Thank you Oprah for revealing your true colors.

Who cares about Oprah. She has shown her true colors by the denial of a white woman that is in opposition to her candidate. That is bigotry. Thanks for turning a lot of women off to your show. See ya...........

Did any of you even read the article? She hasn't had ANY of these politicians on her show since they announced their presidential bids. She made it clear that she won't have ANY nominee on her show. I don't care for Oprah's views myself, but I'm not fabricating lies by twisting this article around like a lot of these other posters are doing.

What would happen if Oprah would ask Sarah on and Sarah would turn her down? You don't think there would be a media backlash over that? I can hear it now..."who does Sarah Palin think she is", "She's afraid of Oprah", etc., but when Oprah says no to Sarah being on, it's "her right" and on and on. I don't care who any celebrity endorses. The more they talk, the more I don't listen.

she should be on the partridge family.oprah was nice when she answer the question larry king says he will take her if she leaves the kids at home

Oh my God! Can't any of you read?

"Winfrey has had Obama on her program two previous times, in January 2005 and again in the fall of 2006 shortly before he announced his presidential candidacy."

I repeat, "before he announced his presidential candidacy".

Since deciding to back a candidate, she has not had any of them on her show, so as to keep the show un-biased. The only thing she has done is put her support behind a candidate in her own personal time (which I'm pretty sure you're allowed, if not encouraged to do, no matter how much money you make)

Oprah can have whoever she wants to on her show. Palin has more than enough support on the Fox news network.

Sarah Palin is a complete psycho. Oprah loves America. Why would she invite her to the show?

It's her show.

I hurriedly scrolled down the page so that I did not have to see Sarah Palin's lying face yet again. I am glad Oprah will not give her another platform to spew hatred, tell lies about promote herself as a superwoman.

Let's face it.... Everyone know that this election is going to be be in the hands of the undecided voter. Which just so happen to be women. I believe that the GOP chose Mrs. Palin because she was a woman and because Obama didn't chose Mrs Clinton for the VP spot. It seems like a good strategy but trashy at the same time. How dare she use Hilliary's words in her speech to plead her case!!!! The two of them don't even share any of the same issues.

I'm not saying she isn't qualified, I am just disgusted in the tactics the Republicans have revert to. Now they want Oprah to put her on the show to give here a broader and bigger audience. It's not about Oprah begin racist or anything of the sort. Mrs. Palin come out of nowhere and she jump right on the show. I don't think so!!! Let's see....Obama is from Chicago and Oprah show is film there. I am sure they have had lunch before and she knew him before he was ask to come on the show. GOP sleazy move! Leave Oprah out of this!!!!! She doesn't care about getting taxed and she love to give!!!!

Ms. Oprah can do what she wants because, after all, her show is mindless entertainment. So ultimately, it does not matter. The election is supposed to be about governing, not about who appears on a popular show. But in publicly refusing to invite a female VP candidate, Oprah does open herself to charges of bias, racism, and ignoring the segment of the population that made her rich and famous. So what? This is all pretty insignificant. It's interesting only because it exposes something in an American famous talk show host: hypocrisy.

What happened Oprah? I thought women could be strong and do everything?! Hmmm, guess your bias excludes conservative women.

You just have to take a look at the message boards on to see that her viewers do NOT agree with her on this one. She has lost a lot of viewers with her bias.

Posted by: Hana | September 05, 2008 at 09:10 PM
"Palin would not appear on the show anyway--she might have to answer actual questions, not just read a speech off of a telepropter."

Hana, guess you didn't hear that Mrs. Palin's teleprompter was BROKEN!! That goes to show how she can think on her feet. Now on the other hand, your Obama can't construct a complete sentence without a teleprompter. Ahhhh, ummmmm, ahhhh, ummm - Please!!

Hey Oprah - I am a woman and I don't like your show or magazine. I love Jesus and I will be voting for McCain and Palin. So there!! And why don't you use some of your billions to help those in Chicago housing??

What if Condy Rice had been chosen by McCain. Do you think she'd have gotten air time with Orpah?

Such astonishing racism and ignorance from white readers and viewers. The issue is not Oprah, it's about the cynical selection of a patently under qualified Vice Presidential candidate. Ms. Palin may be a fine mother and small town governor, but she was selected to stir up precisely the kind of culture war that you seem to be having on this site. Please stick to the real issues. Our country is in serious trouble. We need a PRESIDENT who will take our Foreign and Domestic policies seriously and not run a campaign that resembles the Jerry Springer Show. Do you really want someone so completely unqualified in the 2nd most powerful job in the country? This is the real world. These are our children dying in Iraq. These are our husbands and wives, unemployed. This is our constitution, our promise not to torture. This is NOT television.

Oprah is no journalist and a lousy talk show host as well. Why? Because a decent talk show host would be concerned about ratings and Palin would bring sky high ratings. This woman does not care about her audience. Oprah cares about Oprah. She is a self serving, ecomaniac who uses people to the point that it borders on abuse. She is a narcissist and because of all these things must be a very lonely, isolated person. I would feel sorry for her, but I am too mad for that at the moment. I feel duped. I have been defending her, but there is no defence. Her bias and selfishness is just so obvious, as to be shameful. She had BO on the show, cleverly early as to appear non partisan. Yet, plans were well underway to have this man to be on the presidential ticket. She is NOT fooling anyone but herself. Americans are not stuipid people and this is insulting. I say, avoid her show, her magazine and her sponsors. There are plenty of great sales going on right now...lots of good choices. And ladies, check out a GREAT magazine called "More."
I guess Oprah is pistol packing too...cause she has shot herself in the food. Bye bye Oprah...can you hear the universal click?

If someone votes for a female candidate just because she is female, that doesn't show a whole lot of respect for the female candidate's intellect. If women and men are truly equal, then we should all vote for the best candidate--regardless of their gender. Just because Oprah favored Obama over Clinton does not mean she does not support women's rights. Nor does the fact that she does not want Palin to appear on her show.

We all have bias. That's what makes us human. I agree that journalists have a responsibility to report without bias...but Oprah's not a journalist. She's a TV talk show host.

We need to stop obsessing about race and gender. We're all human beings.

Oprah shows her true colors, shows how fake she really is.
Although Obama had not announced before going on Oprah, it was a foregone conclusioin that he would enter the race.
Oprah is just another member of the media that intends to do whatever they can, above or below board, to get a man who's got nothing but pretty words, elected.
Shame, sham.
I hope Palin tells Oprah later, "thanks, but no thanks."
Boycott Oprah.

Readers seemed to have missed the point that Oprah is not allowing ANY candidates on her show- including Obama. Did everyone just miss the point that Obama has not been on show either AFTER he announced that he was running?

Silly. All those people who claim to be upset over who Oparah votes for are JUST SILLY and PETTY. Get a life! Everyone deserves to endorse and vote for whomever they want.

Oprah is obviously a communist. She is a billionaire who is using her television show to propose her agenda. She is spreading a one sided view which is contrary. Could you imagine if Oprah was white and she would not allow Obama not to appear? She would be called a racist. But, since she is black - it will be forgotten tomorrow. Oprah is obviously NOT a supporter of women unless they are black or democratic woman.

If someone votes for a female candidate just because she is female, that doesn't show a whole lot of respect for the female candidate's intellect. If women and men are truly equal, then we should all vote for the best candidate--regardless of their gender. Just because Oprah favored Obama over Clinton does not mean she does not support women's rights. Nor does the fact that she does not want Palin to appear on her show.

We all have bias. That's what makes us human. I agree that journalists have a responsibility to report without bias...but Oprah's not a journalist. She's a TV talk show host.

We need to stop obsessing about race and gender. We're all human beings.

I stopped watching Oprah when she decided to change. Using your money & fame to influence people to "come around to your way of thinking" sickens me. She's just a woman who took advantage of free enterprise, made something of herself & thereby has a good job. She is nobody special. I also can't stand when Hollywood celebs feel the need to express their opinion in a way that says to the people, "I'm famous so vote for who I vote for." It's ridiculous & insulting to think I would vote for someone or stand for something just because I liked the way this guy or girl acted in a movie. C'mon!

"Fairness is in cotton candy, etc." - That was well put in an earlier blog.

Is SHE that fat black lady on tv in the afternoons? Well, if she wants to take sides, so be it.

Maybe some white people will open their eyes to the fact that ethnic conflict is the most prevalent problem around the world. One group looks to put another down. Since the beginning of time.

If this isn't a metaphor for why you need to get your butts out there and vote for Palin/Mccain, then you are lost.

B. Hussein has been a black activist his whole life (Community organizer, taught race/injustice classes ONLY in law school - never published a single scholarly work), that is, until his new identity as a mystic race relations healer came about.

-LOOK IT UP. Look up the black activist professor Cornell West at Princeton U...After the Denver convention, he accused Obama of abandoning/hiding his identity as he only speaks to whites on the campaign trail.

He is Al Sharpton on Oprah's diet plan...

Oprah finally " Jumped the Shark" by dissing the first female nominee on a Republican presidential ticket in the party's 164-year history. Even her staff knows better.

It is about time people see Oprah for what she is...elitism and racism comes in all shapes forms and colors.

Obama or McCain is not the answer we need.

Time to vote Independent.

Oprah is nothing but a snob now. Her show is a Circus Side Show and Palin does not need her, but Oprah needs her. Oprah is just so racist and bitter like MO neither one can say anything nice about someone else that has accomplished as much or more than them. Guess when Palin is in the White House Oprah will want her then, but Palin will be too busy for that silly nasty stuff that is shown on her show. I do not watch Oprah's show or buy her stupid magazine, so could care less. I am sure Palin has better things to do with her time. The elite media is rotting on the vine, because the little foxes have torn it down. They don't like anyone after they get elected anyway. So NEWS FLASH: They don't like McCain/Palin now, so when they are President and Vice President there will be no love loss, now will there. YEAH, it's backfiring, you're dead.
Washington you are NEXT!

Blacks have been supporting white candidates and people in general since we were brought over from Africa. She is not a racist! We need to respect people political stances as we do their opinions on other. I think there is a gender bias. Many people are supporting Palin just because she's a women not because their views align with hers. This is the problem not racism. Oprah good job stand for what you believe and forget the critics. Remeber you'll never make 100% of the people happy all the time.

Oprah is a racist, yet she makes all of her money off of white women who are oblivious to it.

Tough call. Oprah has the demographic audience both parties want to reach; she also has the experience to cut to the core of Palin, whatever that is. The problem is if she nails Palin, she is a racist and if she lets her keep up the facade, she is a coward. No win situation.

I guess when you have that much money, you really don't have to care anymore. The theme of Oprah now seems to be "empower women unless your a conservative white women." What a sham.

What do you call someone that WON"T vote for you because your black? RACISM !!!!!

What do you call someone that votes FOR you just because your black ??????????? WHATS THAT CALLED. ??????

I find it funny that the media said Palin was picked just to get Clinton supporters, now it seems Clinton is being "dispatched" to different states to get Obama Clinton supporters. Its disgusting that women stick up for other women UNLESS they are are conservative. LMAO

How long before Biden gets dropped from the ticket because Obama needs the female vote???

I think Ms. Winfrey is making a mistake. Allowing herself an unfettered access to Mrs. Palin is something that serves not only her interest in the Obama candidacy but the communal interest in seeing Mrs. Palin deal with Ms. Winfry.

Both are intelligent and accomplished, why shouldn't they have an opportunity to test each other? The appearance cannot possibly give Mrs. Palin any more exposure than she already enjoys, it could however sharpen the focus on issues rather than personalities.

Ms. Winfry does Mr. Obama a disservice by not inviting Mrs. Palin to visit with her audience. Hopefully she will see this in a different light and have a change of mind.

Oprah made the statement she did not want to use her show as a political platform, well I have news for Oprah, when she attended the DNC and was shown crying during Obama's speech Oprah made her statement by
being their. Do you think she has a racist motive by not inviting Govenor Palin to be on her show.

Oprah is had 2 canidates to select from in Clinton and Obama. Both had almost identical platforms.

The primary difference...... Clintons actual experiance eclipsed Obamas. One is female and one is of her own race.

I guess its just a matter of someone prefering Ford over Chevy...... or chochlate over vanilla......

Given the facts any person with a bit of common sense can easily come to the conclusion Oprah is raciest

The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics states:
"...public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues... Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility."

Politics is not the issue. The issue is integrity and ethics as a "journalist". Even if Oprah denies being a journalist, but accepts only her position as owner of her show, as a person of such extreme power, she is no longer simply owner, but servant to the people who provided her that platform. Like a public official placed in office by its constituency, it is the viewers who provided her position. It is the viewers who are the true owners, and are owed respect to their intelligence, fairness, and a modicum of impartiality.

The host, director, and owner of a show, whether three separate people or only one, are still held accountable to a professional and journalistic code of ethics by the public at large. True, talk show hosts like Jerry Springer do not display journalistic integrity, but also make no claim to it, and exert a smaller orb of influence as a result of it. Is Jerry Springer's the level of integrity that Oprah strives for? Regardless of political endorsement, both sides of this historically significant election must be given equal representation.

John McCain turned down the freedom offered by his Vietnamese captors as a prisoner of war so his fellow captives who arrived before him be freed according to protocol, and he suffered 4 years "unnecessarily" as a result of it. He, like Oprah, was free to do as he pleased; he ran his own show, was captain of his fate. But he displayed an inhuman, mythological strength of character in doing, not as he pleased, but what was morally right, for the benefit of his fellow Americans. In that vein, by refusing a platform for her preferred candidate's opponent, based on personal prejudice and desire, rather than the "fair and comprehensive account" the people are due, Oprah clearly reveals her own character, or deficiency thereof. Her mythological strength of character can can best be attributed to "hubris," the arrogance that prefaces downfall.

Anyone who thinks Sarah Palin needs a teleprompter has apparently not heard her in interviews before. She is quick on her feet - all the time! I think people are afraid to interview her b/c she will continue to "Wow!" everyone without a prepared speech - and we wouldn't want that to be compared to Uh-bama's less than eloquent performance at Saddleback.
Of course Oprah has the right to support Obama, but it should be on her own time, yes, door-to door or whatever. But to use her show as a campaign device reeks. Wonder what she'd donated to his campaign? I bet it's more than free advertising!

I quit watching years ago. Anyone who cries their lashes off for ANYONE, someone who is sooooooooooooooo star struck ,has issues of her own!!! Oprah has huge fundraisers at her home for blacks only, then parades it on her show. She does lots of charity, BUT always make sure everyone knows. She is a big talker, acts like she has a handle on everything, and all the while the world knows she is one screwed up lady who can cry at the drop of a hat if she thinks it makes her look touched. Who care what she thinks...she has money so I guess she can do as she likes...just don't expect the rest of us to stop & admire !!!!!

It's a free country and Oprah can have whomever on her show whenever she wants. Of course we have the freedom to say what we think we see.

I see a WEAK, SELFISH black woman who has now so clearly shown her true colors that white women, who are her monetary base, will see that all the lies O's been telling all these years in their true light.....

O's weak because she's afraid of a little country girl. Kinda funny, O with her "cosmopolitan" ways is afraid of being diced up by some "country hick"....

O's selfish because she says she's for women and truth and education, etc., etc. [honestly she's for anything to make money]. But now when she has a chance to let her followers see Sarah Palin and hear Palin's views, for them to make the choice, even after all the "eduction and open mindedness" Oprah has brought to them.... now, Oh No.... cant let that happen....

They might see a greater truth, a greater message, a greater example.

And find out that what O's been dishing out to them is "nothing but a thing sugar"

leave Opra alone its her show. Opra has a fair an balanced talk show an now us whites has come up with a great white hope hockey mom thats not experienced to run the country. if payed more attention to her family she wouldn have a pregnant daughter. this lady is irritable an offensive an not afraid to speak against the black man, that the only thing we care about, not health care, foreign policy, etc. all that goes out the window, we like living hard lives an just making do, foreclosing on homes. you had that for 8 yrs an with macaain youll get more the same. leave Opra alone an hang your hokey sticks on the wall for now. God bless us all.

Oprah has the right to refuse to have Palin on the show. But, she must realize as a businesswoman that she may take a financial loss as a result.

I had been under the impression that Obama or possibly Mrs Obama had been on her show during the campaign, but I don't pay any attention at all to TV, and apparently this is not the case.

I think that Oprah has the absolute right to have whoever she wants and not have people that she doesn't want on her television show

It is her television show.


Oh, come on! None of us have been had. Oprah was quite open that she did not want to use her show to promote a political candidate. Is she supposed to be devoid of any loyalties to anyone? It's her program and she chooses not to interview Sarah till after the election. Sounds fair to me! I also read some "racist" stuff. "Nothing for the white people." When are you people going to stop such ignorant babble? She needs to be interviewed by the press, something she has avoided so far.

Palin should go on "ELLEN", who has a bigger audience than Oprah anyway, and a better platform cos she has a good sense of humor.

Oprah is only interested in supporting her black boys quest for the presidency. She has held fundraisers for Obama & has spoken in favor of Obama at numerous venues. Most likely she met Obama while listening to a sermon by Reverend Wright as she is a member of the church as well. Who knows, maybe it was her donation to the church that was instrumental in forcing Wright's retirement & providing him with a fabulous home built on church property.

Oprah isn't in support of women, Oprah is for Oprah.

I will say that a lot of upper and upper middle class black folks are seriously prejudiced against rednecks (heck, a lot of upper class and upper middle class white folks are seriously prejudiced against rednecks, it's more of a class thing than a race thing), but I really don't think that this is what is happening here.

I have a lot of respect for Oprah, though we disagree on most things.

It's her show people! Leave the woman alone.


Oprah endorses Barack because he is the candidate most aligned with her personal, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs.... Just listen to her radio show. The notion that a woman should support a presidential/vice presidential candidate simply because of their gender...that would suggest a rather unintelligent person. It's just a little more complex than that. Besides, as a woman, do you like EVERY woman that you meet? Please. Don't be small minded. This is really a spiritual issue for Oprah, not one so small that it is reduced to gender or race.

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