Tuesday, January 15, 2013


CBS spent more time on an interview with Oprah Winfrey this morning than they usually spend interviewing  really important people.

As they went "in depth," they tried to get her to reveal "secrets" from her much touted interview with Lance Armstrong (who rides a bicycle for a living), she remained steadfast in her decision not to give away much of the interview.

Lance, under pressure from his sponsors, his family and maybe his conscience, told the world that he did what everybody already knew he did. He used performance enhancing drugs to...well, to enhance his performance.

According to something I heard somewhere, "everybody did it."

Asked why she was chosen to do the interview, Oprah gave some pontificatory response about the need to know the honest answers to the burning questions about Armstrong's drug use.

What a crock!

She lobbied for the interview for one reason and one reason only: to boost her ratings.

Oprah has one of the least watched "networks" in the known universe. Her programming is peppered with meaningless tripe and leftist dogma.

To be fair, that is what dominates most of TV.

I'm not at all certain why anybody even cares whether Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs to win 7 Tours de France (or is it Tour de Frances?). I can think of nothing more boring than watching a bunch of people out for a bike ride, except a "thrilling" golf match, if there is such a thing.

CBS fawned over Oprah as though she was someone really special and had done some great newsworthy thing by landing this meaningless interview.

How many of us will stop our daily routines to watch an interview about the fall of a bicyclist?

I think she will probably double her viewing audience, which will bring it to 12 people and a couple of dogs (who are counted because they are sleeping on their dog pillow in front of the TV).

The good side is, the world will learn the truth about Lance Armstrong's drug use.

Uhh, let me ask you. Did you not already know that he used drugs to enhance his performance? Was it some cosmic secret? Have you been salivating to hear him tell on himself?

The interview is going to air Thursday. It is two and a half hours long! What a waste of network time! I could have done it a lot better.

"Welcome, Lance Armstrong, winner of 7 Tours de France (or Tour de Frances). Did you use performance enhancing drugs?"

"Why yes, Joe, I did."

"Thank you for coming, Lance. And now a word from our sponsor. What? We don't have any sponsors left to hear from? Oh, bother."

Look, I know Lance Armstrong fought and won a battle with testicular cancer. I'm glad he made it through.

It is not at all clear that it was wise to get back on one of those skinny racing bike seats after that experience. I suppose it was necessary to prove that he was still a man (double entendre intended).

Let me ask your opinion. Did you get all twitterpated at the news that Lance Armstrong will tell all on the Oprah Winfrey Network?

While CBS seems to have loved having the big "O" on TV right there in front of everybody, she didn't impress me at all.


The Debonair Dudes World said...

Hey what the heck, why not try the Hillary, Bill Clinton strategy?
If Hillary and Bill Clinton can get away with lying, then why can't Lance Armstrong?
The only difference is that Lance Armstrong is finished, and Hillary Clinton might wind up being the President of the United States of America.
Actually the only difference is that Hillary won’t bother going on Oprah’s show. That’s more for MooChelle.

Joe said...

TDDW: Are you trying to tell me that Hillary and Bill lie?

They won't go on Oprah's show because they actually want people to see them.

Xavier Onassis said...

Mark it on your calendar Jo Joe. I agree with you 100% across the board.

Joe said...

XO: Be still my heart!!!

sue hanes said...

Joe - I didn't understand why it was such a big deal for Lance Armstrong to tell all to Oprah.

Like you said in your post - we already knew he did it.

I think it was just a deal they made because Oprah needed a show and Lance wants everyone's forgiveness.

I think he waited too long - if the truth were known.

As for Oprah - she needs to find something worthy to occupy her time.

Craig said...

How many of us will stop our daily routines to watch an interview about the fall of a bicyclist?

At least as many as those who wrote long, rambling blog posts about it.

GrouchyFogie said...

Liberals like Lance Armstrong like Anthony Weiner, and David Letterman, and yes Hillary Clinton are big on apologies after they get caught!
I shouldn’t be surprised, liberals like to give excuses for their misdeeds. Well good luck with that nonsense. It’s time to roll up the welcome for these useful idiots and ignore them, and not give them a platform to ask for our forgiveness

Joe said...

sh: I agree about her need to occupy her time.

Craig: So glad you liked it. Thanks for the encouraging words.

GF: I not only don't care whether or not he is forgiven, forgive him, I never cared in the first place. But whatever soothes his troubled mind.

Leticia said...

I don't watch anything that has to do with Oprah.

Oh well.

Ducky's here said...

She doesn't pay much attention to you either, Leticia.

Joe said...

Leticia: Me neither.

Ducky: "She doesn't pay much attention to you either, Leticia."

Well thought out rebuttal.