October 21, 1986
I read with interest Maralyn Lois Polak's Oct. 12 Inquirer Magazine interview with Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Polak seemed to be upset that Ms. Winfrey has told us so much about her life. I say, good for you, Oprah, because if the media had told it first, they would have made it 10 times worse. I must take issue with Ms. Polak on two things. What right does she have to call someone a "natural disaster"? And if Ms. Winfrey's show is the lowest of the low, what does that say for The Phil Donahue Show and People Are Talking, which are in the same vein?
January 16, 2013 |
The deconstruction of Lance Armstrong's legend, which the disgraced cyclist built with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs and savagely defended whenever his dark secret was challenged, continued Tuesday, two days before the world at last gets to hear his confession. According to reports confirmed by Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to cheating during a 21/2-hour interview with the celebrity host that will be televised over two nights, beginning Thursday. While it would be Armstrong's first public acknowledgment that the suspicions that long shadowed his unprecedented success were true, Winfrey said he "did not come clean in the manner that I expected.
January 13, 2013 |
Cyclist Lance Armstrong , stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban, will make a limited confession to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey , according to a person with knowledge who spoke to the Associated Press. The 41-year-old Armstrong, who has long denied doping, will also reportedly offer an apology during the interview, scheduled to be taped Monday at his home in Austin, Texas, and televised Thursday. While not directly saying he would confess or apologize, Armstrong texted the AP on Saturday, saying: "I told [Winfrey]
January 15, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong ended a decade of denial by confessing to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press. The admission Monday came hours after an emotional apology by Armstrong to the Livestrong charity that he founded and turned into a global institution on the strength of his celebrity as a cancer survivor. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.
August 29, 2012 |
IT SEEMS LIKE Forbes publishes one of its highest-paid-celebrity lists every few weeks, but maybe that's just because Oprah Winfrey is always on top. So what if OWN is searching for viewers the way presidential candidates are searching for undecided voters, Oprah still topped this year's Forbes celebrity-earners list, netting $165 million in the fiscal year ending in May. Yes, it's $125 million down from the year before, but here at Tattle,...
January 19, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Lance Armstrong finally cracked. Not while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night's second part of Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey. It wasn't over the $75 million in lost sponsorship deals, nor when Armstrong was forced to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity he founded and called his "sixth child. " It wasn't even about his lifetime ban from competition. It was another bit of collateral damage that Armstrong said he wasn't prepared to deal with.
February 28, 2013 |
TWO WEEKS AGO, Oprah Winfrey went to Instagram and Twitter - @oprah, natch - to post praises of one of her favorite things. The O electronically professed her endless love of a $249 countertop kitchen appliance, a fryer that transforms baking taters into french fries using a scant amount of oil. "This machine . . . T-Fal actifry has changed my life," wrote Winfrey. "And they're not paying me to say it. " (One would hope not, since America's pre-eminent media mogul seems to do quite well for herself with the jobs she's already got.)
January 16, 2013
GO AHEAD, Lance Armstrong, run to Oprah. Better yet, ride your bike. A real man would have held a news conference and submitted himself to reporters' questions instead of hiding behind Oprah Winfrey's forgiving skirttails. If Lance Armstrong were truly genuine, he'd stand in front of a sea of cameras and admit: "I cheated for years. I lied about it over and over. And I'm sorry. " Straight-up, no chaser. That's how a public figure of Armstrong's stature should admit guilt and apologize for what he's done.
January 10, 2007
OPRAH Winfrey, when asked why she was starting a school in South Africa and not in the U.S., said: "I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn't there. If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school. " Is Oprah right on, or off-base? Please keep your replies to 100 words or less, and send them to "Burning Question" at one of the addresses listed below.
January 27, 2004
OPRAH Winfrey, who recently got the city's Marian Anderson Award for her humanitarian efforts, demonstrated once again why she is so deserving of it. Ms. Winfrey televised her trip to South Africa, where she concentrated on bringing joy into the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children orphaned by the scourge of AIDS. Many of the children themselves had the disease. Because I also recently traveled to South Africa, I saw that some small steps toward preventing the spread of HIV have been taken at last.