Oprah Says Sarah Palin "Snubbed" Her

@anniepa (27238)
United States
December 5, 2008 12:21am CST
"I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over...I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]," Winfrey tells Extra. "But she didn't talk to me." http://www.usmagazine.com/news/oprah-winfrey-sarah-palin-snubbed-me I heard some say Palin snubbed Oprah because Oprah had snubbed her FIRST, but is that the case, had Palin been willing to appear on Oprah's show before the election? I find that rather surprising if she had simply because Oprah had openly endorsed Obama. I also think Oprah did the right thing by not having any of the candidates on after she'd announced her support for one ticket. Any thoughts? Do you think Palin will eventually appear on Oprah? Should she? Should Oprah feel that she'd been snubbed, did it "serve her right" or isn't it even important? One thing I WILL say is the three people Oprah mentioned are all journalists, unlike her. Annie
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@iwrite (5041)
• Singapore
6 Dec 08
anniepa, I don't not get the deal out of this, if you asked me I think Oprah is trying to make a big deal out of this. I felt it is never warranted not professional. So what if someone refuse to come on your show. You make a piece meal out of it. If is a difference of opinion, then why should I go to the show to get myself in a tight spot. Besides it is so soon after the election, why would she want to be placed under public pressure again.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Well, she HAS been putting herself under public pressure on other shows as far as that goes but I'm surprised that 1/Oprah would ask her to be on her show or that 2/Palin ever wanted to be on Oprah's show before. Neither make sense to me! Annie
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Palin had the opportunity for national exposure and to set things straight if she had wanted to. It looks like she just ducked and didn't want to answer any questions. And if you think people don't watch Oprah, your being mislead. I know my 3 daughters-in-law watch her and my grand daughter also catches her show.
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@iwrite (5041)
• Singapore
7 Dec 08
iriscot, Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that Oprah is not popular, she is and she still have one of the highest ratings on Television. However, they have to maintain visible. An what better way to attack on Palin. As for Palin, my take is why does she need to answer all those question, what she does in private remains in private. Do you think Obama can do no wrong or for that matter of fact Oprah could do no wrong. It depends on which side of the fence you are sitting and you might be blinded by your choices.
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I consider Oprah pretty much a nobody when it comes to interviewing politicians. I don't think Palin owes her an interview and while Oprah was within her rights to refuse to interview someone for whatever reason, I think her reasons were poor and didn't fly with many people.
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@vellibiz (297)
• United States
5 Dec 08
That would be a very akward interview, and i can only imagine what the pro-obama audience would feel like, "ok, what is she doing here", if oprah and palin linked up for a show i wouldnt expect her to sit there for an hour, but then again i dont even expect Palin to be traveling to see oprah in chicago anytime soon.
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I disagree. Oprah has done hard interviews before. She wants to make out she's a professional and objective. She proved otherwise.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I think I understand why she didn't want to have any of the four major candidates on once she'd come out for Obama. I mean, let's face it, she'd have taken some flack no matter what she said to any of them simply because it was a known and actually documented fact who she supported. I really don't have an opinion one way or another about whether she should or should not have endorsed anyone. I guess that's between her and her loyal regular viewers, of which I'm not one...lol! Annie
@celestos (814)
• United States
9 Dec 08
In my opinion I think Palin would of appeared on Oprah during the election if someone had invited her,I mean why not? Oprahs intent was to sway people by not having Palin on her show before the elections end,its obvious.Just because Oprah supported Obama shouldn't of been a reason for Oprah to not have Palin on her show.It makes you wonder if Oprah would even be talking about this if Mccain had won,I believe instead she would be avoiding any mention of Palin or Mccain.Since the election it seems people are still hung up on trying to make Palin look bad, which is ridiculous and apparently Oprah wants her piece as well.If I were Palin I would make it public that I was not interested on being on Oprahs show and I wouldn't care about the repucussions of saying that. I mean what can they do to Palin now? Talk about her in the news? Keep her a current event? Most people are smart and any who would fault Palin for declining Oprahs invite now obviously missed the part where Oprah "snubbed" Palin first.
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• United States
10 Dec 08
Well said!
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I still find it hard to imagine Palin agreeing to go on Oprah's show before the election. I'm sure she was invited to appear on any number of other talk shows like OPrah's and she wasn't on a single one. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Ellen Degenerous, The View, and I'm sure I'm missing one or two of them had all of the other top candidates and their wives and Sarah was the only one who wasn't on a single one. Annie
@celestos (814)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Could be. I just know that I think the amount of people who have treated Palin like an idiot should stop and rethink.She is a very strong woman in my opinion. Anyone political or otherwise who could withstand the firepower she has had thrown at her is a heck of a person. Between SNL trying to make a joke out of her to people claiming that her one child belonged to her daughter.In Palins defense I think she was thrown into the middle of all this and played it by ear the best that she could. I also don't think anyone who has bashed her could of did what she has.I don't know about anyone else but some of the crap that was circulated about her family alone would of made me angry. I would of been forced to tell a few people off but Palin didn't sink to their level and instead turned the other cheek.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
6 Dec 08
I do not feel that it is all that important. Oprah may think more highly of herself than she ought to, but everyone does not think that she is all that. If I were Palin, I would have snubbed her too. If she had wanted people like Palin to be on her show, she should have remained neutral. What could she possibly want to ask or say to Palin?
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
You have a point, no matter who anyone supports you have to admit it's a bit much to expect someone you clearly opposed to be all anxious to let you interview them...lol! Annie
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Sorry! Palin missed the opportunity to set things straight if she wanted to. She simply ducked the chance for fear she didn't have the right answers. She was a "flash in the pan". It's over she and McCain lost by a landslide, and she needs to stay in Alaska and take care of her kids and the Governorship. In a way I feel sorry for her.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Dec 08
She can go on any show to set things straight. It does not have to be on Oprah. Contrary to popular belief, everyone does not watch or even like Oprah and I just happen to be one of them.
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@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I mean this just sounds kind of petty. i know Oprah has a responsibility to her viewers to bring them to light on current events. And she IS a journalist, you forget? Before she was an entrepreneur and talk show host, Oprah was doing the news, or had you forgotten? Maybe it has been awhile but she is a reporter at heart. Palin though, as a politician, should be more responsible as she is in the public eye. She shouldn't harbor any ill will towards anyone for not backing her for office. I do know one ting, if she ever does appear on Oprah's show, I'll never see it as I do not watch it anyway.
@irishidid (8732)
• United States
5 Dec 08
What proof is there Sarah Palin harbors any ill will?
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
To be honest, I HAD forgotten she'd been a reporter. The difference these days between "News" programming and "Entertainment" programming has gotten rather clouded but I'd still classify Oprah's show as the latter and the others whom Palin did talk to as the former. It was kind of laughable that Fox had a graphic on the screen as "Breaking News" that Oprah said she'd been snubbed. Annie
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@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
6 Dec 08
It really isn't newsworthy material to me anyway "Breaking News!!! Oprah Snubbed!!!!" Really? I do agree with your classification of Oprah, I just remember where she started from, even if she may not. I don't know there is any ill will, but if she feels she was snubbed by O first that would be it I guess. At this point this is one for the tabloids.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
I would think that Oprah would be above feeling snubbed and making an issue of it. As you point out the other appearances she made were not on popular talk shows but news shows.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I know, that's what I thought. I could see her feeling snubbed if she'd chosen to go on Ellen or Martha Stewart's shows. Annie
@vellibiz (297)
• United States
5 Dec 08
but while we are discussing this, oprah could really give a care, as she's sitting on her billions, watching Palin snubb a very influencial feminist show, its her loss if you look at it, what other televisions show has a vast audience of woman viewers, i couldnt see palin guest-judging in Top Model. Face it, eveything oprah touches sells, and shes prolly has many people waiting to get an interview call for exposure.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
vellibiz If Oprah did not care she would not have made a point of it. I think Oprah did feel miffed as she is probably not used to anyone not jumping at her commands.
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
5 Dec 08
If I were Oprah, I would forget about that "dingaling" or should I call her by Sarah "Piranha" Palin or the other fish name she used. She needs to go back to Alaska and take care of her kids. I don't think she will ever appear on Oprah's show, Oprah might pin her down and make her give some straight answers.
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Like what? Who does your nails? What's your daily beauty routine?
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
5 Dec 08
If she wasn't afraid of the questions she should have jumped at the chance to get nationwide exposure. It's over, she lost!
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
5 Dec 08
In contrast what hard hitting questions did Obama get asked by Oprah? As has been shown by other interviews he gave the "talk show crowd", most likely none.
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
6 Dec 08
I dont see why should she go on Oprah show not because she lost or whatever but she should have the right to choose what she does. Oprah did what she did and thats fine but just because she now sais lets talk its not a law that she should go and do it.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I agree. I wouldn't consider this to even be noteworthy except for that it was "Breaking News" last night and I found that interesting. I'm far from an Oprah expert but I didn't think she was a whiner. Annie
• Australia
6 Dec 08
Wow breaking news you say my my the world is falling apart and this is the best they can do I mean I like Oprah and admire her but some things are just "who cares" like this. So what if she does not want to apear on Oprah big deal. Oh and if She writes a book I dont think it will ever reach Oprahs book thing because really who cares.
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Entertainment and politics can make strange bedfellows and who knows what goes on in the minds of entertainers and politicians. I find that both are probably the most insincere types of people in the world. Just my take. Cheers!!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Well, I've heard the saying that Washington is Hollywood for "ugly" people...lol! Note, I'm not calling anyone in politics "ugly", I'm just repeating what I'd heard somebody say and I think they were simply pointing out that politicians don't do glamorous red carpet events and (usually) spend hundreds of thousands of clothes and make-up! Annie
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
5 Dec 08
anniepa I would like to know. Am I not worthy of an answer like everybody else.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Dec 08
I must first ask, would Oprah be willing to go to Alaska for the interview? This was how Gretta did it. Palin didn't go to her, Gretta went to Palin. Not because of some feeling of high and mightyness, but becuase she is a busy woman. She took some time out of Alaska to go to Georgia but that was for party interests and that sits a lot higher on anyone's priority list than a journalist. Frankly if I were the governor, I wouldn't give 99% of the media a second glance after the disgusting way they treated her and her family. I have never in my life seen such a shamefull and disgracfull display of crass and vulger journalism and coverage as I did with the coverage of the governor and there is NOTHING anyone can say to tell me any different. There is no way around it or to euphemize it, it was sickening and inexcusable.
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Sorry X, if Sarah hadn't been so stupid and dumb by giving wrong answers to start with, the press wouldn't have hounded her. She needs to stay in Alaska and take care of her kids!
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Dec 08
"She needs to stay in Alaska and take care of her kids!" um, and run her state.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
Well it is Oprah's show. She gets to decide who she wants. Yes palin wanted to come on the show during the general. But Oprah was all about Obama and was not going to do the interview. Oprah does not have to be fair or balanced. SHe had Obama on her show twice and basically helped him get a lot of attention (and money)during the primary. But that does not mean she had to have the others on and she didn't. That was her choice. That choice of not having Paline on during the general means that now Palin does not want to do her show. Oprah will have to live with that. And does it really matter? I mean come on....it is not like it is going to be the end of the Oprah show just because Palin will not be on it. But you are right. Oprah is not a news show or a journalist. There are alot of shows out there to choose from. Palin picked the journalist over the talk shows. Nothing wrong with that. It was her choice. I say a big deal is being made over nothing by Oprah and the media as usual.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
That was the part I wasn't clear on, if Palin had said she wanted to go on Oprah's show before the election. I remember seeing on a news show where Oprah had said she wasn't going to have any of the candidates on after Obama had secured the nomination which was obviously well before Palin was hardly heard of outside of Alaska. So, does that mean she offered to be on Oprah's show knowing Oprah would say no? And now apparently Oprah wanted her and she said no? The only media I heard mention this was Fox's Greta VanSustren because she was, understandably, rather proud that hers was the first name Oprah mentioned. Annie
• United States
5 Dec 08
From what I hear (and it could be not true) Palin wanted to be on Oprah because of how many people watch her show. Tons of stay at home moms, which was the crowd she was going after to get the vote. All Oprah has to do is put a book on her "book Club" list and it instantly becomes a best seller. In the primary no one really knew Obama in the beginnning. He was seriously looking like an "also ran" candidate. But then Oprah stepped in had him on her show a couple of times and stumped her little heart out for him....I am not saying it caused him to win...but it definately helped. The power of Oprah. For this reason alone I would have thought that she would not have wanted to go on the show. Oprah backed Obama which means any interview she would have done with Palin would not haven good for her. It would have been slanted to help Obama win, not Palin. So I can not say that I think the rumors are true. Now I did hear that some of Palins supporters were writting Oprah and asking her to interview her. That may be what sparked the whole thing off. Some of fans asked, Oprah said no, the media saw a chance to make something out of nothing again so they ran the story. But now that the election is over she does not need Oprah anymore. WHy should she....all the news organizations are falling all over themselves to interview her.
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Wow, what a discussion! My point of view is Oprah has the right like every other American to endorse and to vote for who she believes in. If she had invited Palin then she would have been viewed as being biased. Palin openly said that she would not visit the 'BLUE STATES' and something about them not being american/patriotic? If I remember corectly. So the fact is I do not believe Palin would have accepted or even acknowledged Oprah. Palin had made some frightening statements and did not do the job that McCain thought she would do. To bring in the women votes, If you are trying to win a democratics vote do you call them nonamerican or unpatriotic? I do believe that Palin will come back with vengence and be very strong in the political arena now that she has gotten wet under the armpits. She will be ready for that fight on the campagne trail. Looking at it and living it is two different things, I am sure she has learnt plenty with the whole campagne. Now what stands in the back of my mind when she does decide to run in 2012 is can I as a democrat put behind me how she said the blue states where not worthy of her presence? As a democrat I do not know, it will all depend what she brings to the table and the issues we are facing then. Have a Great Day!
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
You're SOOO right, all that talk about the "real" American and "anti-American" regions turned a lot of people off to be sure. I'm sure some people wondered if she'd consider herself THEIR V.P. if she won or if she'd feel she only had to serve those from red states. Annie
• United States
6 Dec 08
I just would have to also ask myself does she believe in the United States is really patriotic after all I did hear something like ummm she wanted to help make Alaska its own country. How true this was I am not sure so without reasearching it further I would not be to hasty with her until I truly knew all the facts
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Maybe Palin was afraid that Oprah would ask about all the reports of ethics violations coming out of Alaska now and would be put on the spot. Not to mention that the RNC found an extra 30 grand that was spent on Palin and family. I'm glad that she won't be on Oprah, the sooner the press stops interviewing her the faster she will go away.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
They'll NEVER stop interviewing her and she'll Never EVER go away, I just KNOW it! I was going to post something about the extra 30 grand but I was afraid I'd get yelled at for it...lol! Annie
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I hate to say that I think you are right.
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
5 Dec 08
Oprah should just get over it. Well don't she think that Palin will be snubbing all who was not endorsing her. But then again she said maybe she will be running in the next election so I think that she should just put all of the misgiving under the bridge because she will be needing all the support in the next four years to come. Losing is hurtful and Palin is not over it. I think such is life tho.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
First, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to skip over you, honest I didn't! Somehow I ended up going from the end to the beginning after starting out from the beginning...anyway, please forgive me, I didn't do it on purpose! Yes, of course you deserve an answer! I agree Oprah should get over it but you also have a point that Palin should maybe be careful who she snubs now because she might need them later. Annie
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
5 Dec 08
My feeling is Oprah had her shot and missed. She used her show to promote one candidate now she has to live with it. The way the media has treated Gov Palin and Senator McCain I would be very reluctant to do them any favors, and it would be a favor to appear on Oprah. Now that the media is having second thought about how they handled the campaign coverage why should she help bolster their ratings and save their bottom line. Independent research has shown that the major media reported 80+ % positive for Senator Obama and only 30% positive for McCain and Palin. By their own admission they did not do their job in finding out about Senator Obama and what he stood for or his background. All I can say to Oprah is not everyone comes crawling and bowing to your alter.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Who in the media are having "second thought about how they handled the campaign coverage"? I hadn't heard that! I don't put much stock in these studies and their 80% versus 30% statistics. I mean, were they supposed to make up positive things for McCain and Palin or what? If anyone wanted to know where either of the candidates stood on any of the issues all they had to do was watch the debates and look up their voting records online, the media didn't tell me who to support or to vote for. When you say "Oprah had her shot and missed", are you saying Palin had wanted to or had offered to appear on her show before the election? This is an honest question, Bob, I'm not being in the least bit sarcastic and this post wasn't intended at all to insult Sarah Palin or anyone else. I'm not a huge Oprah fan in fact I rarely watch her show and I'm really not influenced one way or another by anything she does or says. I don't dislike her or I certainly don't "hate" her, she's just another so-called icon I quite frankly hear a bit too much about. Annie
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I hate to say this as it may offend many or at least cause many to comment back...However, I am not a big Oprah fan anyhow and never have been. I think she is very egotistical and and a self doer. She only does things for others to benefit herself, she demands things from other people on her show that I think is brash. Why didn't Oprah have her on before the election? Just because Oprah made her endorsement known for Obama, that did not mean she could not have Sarah on her show. Oprah is there for the public's eye not just for the democratic's eye. I saw no reason why she could not have had any republican on her show. So if I were Sarah Palin I would ignore her also.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Oprah was so far up Obama's behind, why should Palin go on her show to what be made fun of, I used to watch Oprah all the time, but now find that she appears to be a snob, he wealth and her attitude turns me off. I think Palin did the right thing by going to Greta to do the interview, and even Lauer, but I also don't like King that much, I think the one's she talked to gave her a fair interview. Oprah seems to think that because she is Oprah, everyone should bow down to her, I have also read that her and the one that does the 30 minute meals (sorry can't think of her name at the minute) Oprah owns her show and has threatened to have it canceled if she does not bow down to her. No I would not appear on her show, she wasn't interested in here when she was running the campaign, she was all for Obama, now let her go do the interviews with him.I think Oprah is jealous of a lot of the women, especially if they have a happy home life, or have made something of them selves. Why should Palan bow down to her wishes now that she has helped get Obama elected, NOPE she should stay away from Oprah because Ithink it would just be to cut her down.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Well, in my opinion Oprah may have endorsed Obama early on, before he got the nomination, but I don't think I'd say she was "so far up his behind"...lol! Since I don't watch her show I don't know if she talked about politics at all during the general election campaign but I know she'd said she wouldn't have any of the candidates on, including Obama, which I agree with since she did endorse him. Also, while again I'll repeat I don't watch the show these days and never did watch it regularly by any means, I don't see Oprah as the type of person who would have someone on to cut them down. That's too far removed from her image and I think would turn off too many of her faithful fans. I really don't care one way or another if Palin ever appears on Oprah's show or who snubs show in part because I'd probably not be watching anyway; I just found it interesting that Oprah bothered to complain about Palin "snubbing" her and that it was "Breaking News"! Annie
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Dec 08
Oprah showed that she was not impartial and Sarah Palin had a right to refuse. If Oprah had said, that she wants to hear what the candidates say and she will not support one or another and kept her desire to have a far left Democratic president in the White House and was not a confirmed Obamanite, Palin may have appear. Mind you, the Oprah now is not the Oprah of years ago, so I doubt if someone far right was asked to appear, they would not.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Again, what I'm not clear on is whether it's true, as some have said, that Palin had voiced a desire to be on Oprah's show before the election which would mean she'd have obviously known then that Oprah wasn't impartial since Oprah had endorsed Obama before he was even nominated, which in turn was well before Palin was announced as McCain's V.P. If that part was true, they both changed their minds. I've never been aware of Oprah having a desire to have a far left President in the White House. Annie
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I don't care if Sarah Palin does or doesn't go on Oprah's show.