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Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology.
    #4629690 - 09/07/05 01:57 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

In Hurricane's Aftermath, Winfrey Calls for Apology


Published: September 7, 2005

In the first of two shows devoted to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Oprah Winfrey said yesterday that the nation owed an apology to the people who died in the streets of New Orleans and elsewhere, and to the survivors whose misery was compounded by a relief effort whose inadequacy "makes me so mad."



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Ms. Winfrey, of course, was far from the only celebrity who gained access to restricted sites in New Orleans, or whose ministrations to survivors at the Astrodome in Houston were captured by a phalanx of reporters and cameras.

But unlike the politicians, musicians and movie stars who toured relief facilities and the news networks whose reporters were bound to let officials defend their relief efforts, Ms. Winfrey was able to turn her own cameras on the suffering, to have a celebrity physician tour medical facilities and diagnose injuries, to orchestrate family reunions and to feature aid efforts headed by celebrities like Jamie Foxx and Faith Hill.

"I was sitting at home feeling frustrated and useless, like so many other people, so I came down to personally assess how I could best be of service," Ms. Winfrey said yesterday in a statement relayed by a spokeswoman.

What she found, she said, surprised her: "Nothing I saw on television prepared me for what I experienced on the ground," she said on the show. While she stopped short of overt criticism of the relief efforts, she said later: "This makes me so mad. This should not have happened." And after hearing descriptions of people dying unattended in the streets, she said, "I think we all - this country owes these people an apology."

Yesterday's installment of Ms. Winfrey's one-hour syndicated television show featured her at the Astrodome, where she also took her characteristic optimism to survivors, vowing that "I'll get the country to pray" for them and telling one mother of seven, "I believe you can come up out of that storm and you can have a better life."

"Yes, ma'am," the woman responded.

With the recent departure of the network news anchors Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings, Ms. Winfrey's has been perhaps the most familiar television face to greet survivors and to try to explain to viewers what happened.

Tuesday's show featured tape of Ms. Winfrey's visit to New Orleans on Sunday, when she was escorted inside the Superdome to see the conditions after the evacuation of the stadium earlier in the weekend. She interviewed New Orleans's mayor, C. Ray Nagin, who described "hundreds of armed gang members running the show" inside the stadium, and the city's police superintendent, P. Edwin Compass III, who told of rapes inside the Superdome and an attempt by gang members to take him hostage as he toured the building.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a heart surgeon and a regular contributor to Ms. Winfrey's show, toured medical facilities at New Orleans International Airport and described the removal of critically ill patients to a makeshift morgue "just so they can pass away in peace."

Mr. Foxx and the actor Mathew McConaughey participated in relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana, and Ms. Hill fulfilled one survivor's request at a shelter in Gulfport, Miss., that she sing "Amazing Grace."

Ms. Winfrey did not make a specific appeal for contributions. But her Angel Network organization donated $1 million to America's Second Harvest, a food bank, and on her Web site, www.oprah.com, she lists organizations where donations can be made. Wednesday's show is to include Ms. Winfrey in Mississippi and other celebrities involved with relief efforts, among them Chris Rock, Julia Roberts and Lisa Marie Presley.


In Hurricane's Aftermath, Winfrey Calls for Apology

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/arts/television/07opra.html


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4629698 - 09/07/05 01:59 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I don't owe you shit BITCH.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4629767 - 09/07/05 02:15 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

She's right. Blanco and Nagin do owe them an apology.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4629802 - 09/07/05 02:25 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

The nation owes them an apology?! Fuck that fat bobblehead.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4629929 - 09/07/05 03:03 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Go ahead fatso, say it was because they were black. SAY IT, we know you are thinking it.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4629944 - 09/07/05 03:10 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Why do people still listen to this stupid bitch? She appeals rather well to the complaining housewives who want to look back on their better days, only to realize their whole lives have been utter shit.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: Ravus]
    #4629961 - 09/07/05 03:17 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I'll believe Oprah is sincere when she's sitting in her home, at her table, drinking a Heineken and shootin' the breeze with this guy -




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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: Ravus]
    #4630236 - 09/07/05 04:28 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Ravus said:
Why do people still listen to this stupid bitch? She appeals rather well to the complaining housewives who want to look back on their better days, only to realize their whole lives have been utter shit.




truer words were never spoken.


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Re: Oprah Winfrey Calls for Apology. [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4631237 - 09/07/05 08:17 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

:rofl:


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