On January 7, 2018, at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Her speech was powerful, rousing, and moving, touching on both racism and the #MeToo movement. Since that inspiring speech, Winfrey has been denying any intentions of running for the presidency. But, Winfrey’s denial apparently isn’t enough for a clearly terrified President Donald Trump.
In mid-February, Winfrey moderated a segment on “60 Minutes” with a group of pro and anti Trump voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She had interviewed the same group last fall, and was revisiting them in the wake of Trump’s presidency. Almost immediately following the airing of Winfrey’s piece, Trump took to Twitter to blast Winfrey, saying that the segment was biased and that the facts were incorrect.
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
But during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Winfrey denied the president’s allegations. Winfrey explained the great lengths she went to to make sure that the segment was fair and balanced. She admitted to DeGeneres that after seeing Trump’s tweet, she even went back and re-watched the segment with the show’s producers, just to see if there was any truth to Trump’s accusations, saying:
“… when you do ’60 Minutes,′ you sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it…So, they critique every word and is this fair – you have this whole panel of people looking at whether it was fair…I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about, so, it’s okay.”
If only President Trump had the presence of mind to take a critical look at his tweets before he sent them, we’d all be better off.