Jack E. Kemp
Rosslyn Smith, writing in American Thinker, http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/08/oprahs_farewell_to_midd... has made the point that Oprah Winfrey has always played to the middle class and gave the impression that she could be Middle America's friendly best female friend and neighbor next door. Now, by taking this hard edged interpretation about white people - including the Swiss clerk in the upscale store who allegedly insulted her - which states (I'm paraphrasing here) that all white people are essentially racists underneath a polite front.
Smith has made a wise observation, but she has left out a major fact, namely that this attitude shift happened years ago - and cost Oprah her big audience on broadcast tv. I contend that it started to unravel for Oprah when she supported Obama, the first candidate she ever publicly endorsed and kept endorsing as early as 2008-2009. White American women probably figured years ago that Oprah most likely supported Democrats, but she never beat her audience over the head with it, so to speak. It is no mere coincidence after Oprah publicly endorsed Obama and Obama kept bashing every white from his "typical white grandmother" to the "stupid" Cambridge police officer that the tv syndicates cancelled her show on broadcast tv. The politically conservative half of her audience felt betrayed, in my opinion (and several other writers' opinion) and they stopped watching Oprah who no longer could be imagined to be their tv best female friend. Oprah's ratings on her own (costly) network can't be anywhere near as high as they were on broadcast stations (was it NBC?) years ago.
What is the difference between Oprah and fellow Democrat media star Michael Jordan of Chicago Bulls fame? Michael Jordan doesn't think he is a social change agent out to politically "make a difference" by lecturing America. Jordan's personal successes, however, clearly leave a mark on our culture that reflects well on black people but Michale Jordan doesn't think he is the Democrat version of Frederick Douglass (a Republican). Oprah is starting to think and talk as if she is Harriet Tubman or Sojourner Truth - which she clearly is not.