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I have newfound respect for Oprah

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 26th 2006 11:29PM
Oprah confronts James FreyI've never been one of Oprah Winfrey's biggest fans. Although she's helped a lot of people with her show and her wealth, she also tends to over-promote just how generous she is. Also, her sanctimoniousness is irritating as hell; her overreaction to being denied access to a Hermès store that was closing for the night was a particularly galling incident.

But I have to give her a lot of credit for not only confronting James Frey on her show Thursday, but for admitting that she made a mistake in initially defending him on Larry King Live a couple of weeks ago. She realized that, although she supported the message of the book, that the truth is what counts the most. During the course of the show, she showed a fantastic human side, showing flashes of anger, frustration, and humiliation, her voice cracking at certain points during her interview with Frey. She seemed especially dismayed that the facts about the suicide of Frey's lover Lilly, who he supposedly couldn't save from hanging herself a day after his "jail sentence" ended, were also changed.

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