Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Frank Rich

Sometimes I'm able to get the kids interested in something else instead of watching their favourite post-school tv shows and watch one of MY favourite shows; Oprah. This past week, she featured Frank Rich, the New York Times op-ed writer with his latest book 'The Greatest Story Ever Sold'. This was huge. Not just the fact that Frank Rich wrote this book, but because he got the exposure of a world wide Oprah audience, and many American mostly female voters at that who probably do not always have time to watch the evening political programs on which he also appeared. (I certainly don't have time to, 99% of the time)
I will let you do some 'link surfing/browsing' so you can satisfy your curiosity 'tailor made'. The title of the Oprah episode he appeared in was 'Truth in America'. One of the big issues dealt with was the climate of fear domestically. Not being able, allowed to ASK QUESTIONS. To be against torture would be considered being for the terrorists. Simplistic bully talk like that. Something Keith Olbermann recently addressed when he spoke of Bush's intolerance of anyone disagreeing with him or the administration.
Just before the Iraqi war, Oprah had a show called "Is War the Only Option?" As she mentioned to Frank Rich, after that show, she received the most hateful letters EVER. One of them being 'Take your hairy black ass back to Africa' and another one basically telling her that she should die for thinking and saying such treasonous things. Idiotic isn't it?
Here is the link to Frank Rich's interview on Oprah.
Here is Frank Rich's interview on Stephen Colbert (note non American visitors, this is political satire, which airs after the Daily Show)

If you are HERE (as in, the blogosphere) you probably do not need this to figure out 'critical literacy', as you have already sought out alternative news and communication/discussion sources. Still, in the event you're interested in broadening your mind, check this out.
And here is Keith Olbermann's 'Special Comment'. Speaking for the sane of us all:

Go to part 2 HERE.
For the transcript of this video, go HERE.
And to Bush and his ilk I say; “Seek peace, and pursue it. (Proverbs 34:14)”


Blogger Gary said...

Thanks Ingrid. Yes, if Oprah gets moving, there is hope! If she, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and John Daly all teamed up and told the truth out loud - maybe the bums would be on the street by 2008.

Always enjoy my visits to the Round Table.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Thanks for the nice words Gary, we are all waiting with abated breath for those changes!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Robbie said...

You're welcome. I don't have a problem standing for my beliefs and neither should other like-minded Americans. What are they going to do? Round us up and take us to Guantanamo?

5:32 PM  

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