June 5, 2008
"Don't believe the haters over at Fox News and The New York Times who've reported that Oprah Winfrey's media empire is in trouble. It's just not true.
Claims that Oprah has "lost touch" with her audience are just as foolish as the rumors that her presidential endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama set off a chain reaction that sunk her talk show's ratings.
Love her or hate her, know this: Oprah is one of the richest and smartest business women in the world. Her empire is strong and will strike back and silence her critics.There's strength in numbers. And Oprah's worth an estimated $1.5 billion (probably more). No African school scandal or regretful book club endorsement can change that.
Oprah remains one the highest-paid TV personality there is, earning $260 million a year. Jay Leno makes just $32 million a year in comparison.
Her show's ratings have dipped some 7 percent since last year? So what? "Fair and balanced" Fox News and The Times forgot to mention Oprah's had the No. 1 talk show on TV for a decade. Sure, her viewer numbers are down a bit, but the same is true for ALL daytime talk shows, from Ellen to Dr. Phil. And don't forget who's bankrolling the good doctor's show, which is ranked No. 2 in daytime ratings: Oprah!
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