Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bush bails out Oprah

In an effort to help a fellow media star and national figure, President Bush hastily called a press conference today in order to pre-empt the Oprah Winfrey show. On today’s edition of the show, Oprah, obviously now reading her polling numbers, told her audience she was “duped” by James Frey, author of the meme-oir A Thousand Little Pieces, and by his publisher, Nan Talese.

Knowing something about making a public show of faulty intelligence, Bush chose to face the press and say nothing of consequence about yesterday’s Palestinian elections and lie through his teeth about warrantless domestic spying and his connections to indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The President’s appearance caused ABC, the network that carries Oprah, to cut away from the talk show—where Winfrey was questioning Frey’s relationship with the facts—to focus on the press conference—where reporters questioned Bush’s relationship with the facts.

“I left the impression that the truth is not important,” Bush, er, Winfrey told viewers who may or may not have been viewing.

For the remainder of the hour, which will air in later time slots on many ABC affiliates, Oprah grilled Frey, whom she called “Mr. Bravado Tough Guy,” in a way we could only wish other members of the media would approach something that really matters (i.e. the President and his administration lying on several fronts to all Americans—even those that don’t watch Oprah).

“In order to get through the experience. . . I thought of myself as being tougher than I was and badder than I was,” Bush, er, Frey explained.

Update: Gawker live-blogs the show Bush didn’t want you to see!


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