Oprah has spoken…
well folks, whiz on the fire and call the dogs. the 2008 presidential election is now over, before it even began.
i heard this morning that Oprah will be backing Obama in the election. with her power, and her audience…the other candidates should be VERY afraid right now. i’m not sure that there has ever been a time in history where someone outside of the whole political machine has had the power that Oprah now has to influence the outcome of this election.
Oprah is on TV EVERY day, she has a slot on XM radio, she has her own magazine…she is everywhere. All of this coverage wouldn’t amount to squat if she didn’t have an audience that follows her and believes in her, but she does, and she has them in huge numbers.
Think about it…a presidential candidate will run ads on TV, but they really only have that 30 second slot to try and sell themselves to you. In any given year, they can only run so many ads, so you are bound to see the same ads over and over again.
Oprah’s influence on this election cannot be underestimated. This is the same woman who told all of her viewers to run out and buy the book “A Million Little Pieces”, by author James Frey…and they did. And when she found out that the story was partially fabricated, she took him to task over it on her show and basically destroyed this man’s career. Now, never mind the fact that was a STORY, and that stories often have embellishments or play a little loose with the fact…and just forget about how the book was seen as an inspiration by the millions who read it…all of that was simply tossed in the trash when Oprah had her hissy fit about it on her show. She turned on the book and the author, and her viewers followed. For the other candidates to doubt her power in this process would be a huge mistake.
So what happens when one of your biggest supporters turns out to be a figure in the media who is seen and loved by MILLIONS of people? We’re about to find out.