Recently, media mogul, Oprah “Golden Touch” Winfrey made a speech during the Golden Globe Awards. As always, she was articulate, well prepared, and passionate in her delivery. She moved the audience and Twitterverse with her opinions on racial injustice, #metoo, and freedom of the press. It was quintessential Oprah. A quick YouTube search yields a treasure trove of her speeches of equal if not greater caliber. She said a lot but one sentence seems to have moved every news anchor to the edge of their seat. “I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon,” Oprah said in a tone that sounded both like a call to action and a threat. A threat to whom? I have no idea, but many pundits believe that Oprah is planning to run for President of the United States in 2020. So I guess it’s a threat to anyone who dares oppose her.
I am very happy about her announcement for one reason. Finally, the media has something else to talk about! I am a news junkie but, lately, hearing the same thing on broadcast after broadcast has forced me to put on my reading glasses and find the “off” button on my remote. As Americans, we believe we have free speech and the news is fair and balanced unlike those countries where broadcasts are closely controlled. That’s true theoretically but there has always been an editor or editorial team deciding which stories out of thousands of stories deserve to be shared with the general public. When we hear about collusion and Korea every news cycle it means news from other parts of the country and other parts of the world were kept from us. And when the news is always depressing, divisive and disastrous, it is not an accident–it is a programming decision.
There are good things and good people doing amazing things every where, every day. Wouldn’t you just love it if those “new day[s] on the horizon” routinely included stories about all the wonderful men and women who actually are making the world greater?