Remember, Oprah Winfrey Is Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman

The Federalist | 1/9/2018 | Robert Tracinski
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After her rousing speech at the Golden Globes about sexual harassment—she’s got to do something to atone for her years as one of Harvey Weinstein’s celebrity pals—we’ve been inundated with calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president.

The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing her as “OUR future president.” Her long-time consort Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, “She would absolutely do it.” Meryl Streep got so carried away she told The Hill, “Now she doesn’t have a choice” but to run. It continues to amaze me that there are actors in Hollywood who can portray intelligence on the screen without possessing a scrap of it themselves. Acting is truly a magical art.

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There are a great many reasons Winfrey should not run for president. Chief among them is that she has built her career, not just as a charismatic daytime television star, but also as our nation’s premier snake oil salesman. She is responsible for promoting a whole variety of quack medical nostrums and launching the careers of questionable experts. She may not be as prolific as Gwyneth Paltrow—to my knowledge, she has never tried to sell us a coffee enema—but she is far more influential.

She invited Suzanne Somers onto her show to peddle hormone injections and an absurd vitamin regimen.

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Sounds like the perfect candidate for the Party of Science! Oprah also brought on Jenny McCarthy to peddle the anti-vaccination scare.

One of her favorite guests has been Dr. Christiane Northrup, who “has written about how she has used Tarot cards to help diagnose her own illnesses.” Oprah promoted “The Secret,” which mostly seems like a rehash of the power of positive thinking, but also includes this:

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If all this weren’t enough, Oprah is the one who anointed Mehmet Oz as...
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