Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Oprah's Endorsement of Obama Backfires
Some fans of Oprah think she's a traitor for backing Barack Obama for President instead of Hillary Clinton.
The Times online reported: "Winfrey’s website, Oprah.com, has been flooded with a barrage of abuse since the queen of daytime chat shows joined Obama on a tour of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in mid-December. Her intervention was widely credited with broadening Obama’s national appeal - especially among women - and with helping him to an upset victory over Clinton in the first vote of the election year in Iowa.
"Yet a backlash by Clinton supporters appears to have prompted a rethink by Winfrey, the African-American media titan who is routinely described as the most influential woman on television. She did not reappear in the final days before the New Hampshire primary - which Obama lost to Clinton - and has been absent from the most recent campaigning in South Carolina, which votes next weekend."
While some discuss whether their view of Oprah has changed or not since she endorsed Obama, several of those critical of the endorsement identified themselves as African-Americans, which indicates that gender is apparently more important than race in the race for the White House.
And The Dallas Morning News reports: "The Oprah Winfrey endorsement might have generated a lot of press for Barack Obama, but not a lot of impress, particularly among younger women, a poll released Wednesday shows.
"A Lifetime/Zogby poll of women shows that of those 18 to 29, almost a third said they were less likely to support the Illinois senator because of the Oprah support. Older women, over 65, also showed they were ruffled by Ms. Winfrey stepping 'out of her pew,' as the daytime diva herself described it. About 17 percent of older women said the endorsement made them less likely to support Mr. Obama."
So, why did Oprah endorse Obama, do you think? And is her endorsement really helping him?