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Oprah’s Long History Of Sketchy "Experts" And Endorsements
Jezebel ^ | February 21, 2011 | Tracie Egan Morrissey

Posted on 02/22/2011 8:26:31 AM PST by lbryce

Oprah's Long History Of Sketchy "Experts" And EndorsementsWith the news that Dr. Melvin Levine—who appeared on Oprah repeatedly over the course of several years as a childhood education expert—committed suicide on Friday, the same day that 40 of his former patients filed a medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit against him, it raises the question of whether O is doing enough vetting of the authors and experts to whom she chooses to lend her credibility.

The number of recent scandals that have emerged — and we're talking about scandals that go beyond Dr. Phil not being a "real doctor," or Rachael Ray not having any formal culinary training, or her own falling-out with Iyanla Vanzant, or even the whole James Frey debacle — is troubling. Seeing as how Oprah's most successful "product" these days is cultivating and grooming personalities into credible and trusted sources, a great deal of responsibility comes with that task.

Oprah's Long History Of Sketchy "Experts" And Endorsements Charges of pedophilia first emerged against Dr. Levine, who was the Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill, in 2008. His most recent appearance on Oprah was in 2006. Carmen Durso, the attorney representing the Levine's former patients, had approached the show to discuss Levine, but Oprah wanted nothing to do with topic. In fact, aside from one article in 2006, her entire website has basically been scrubbed clean of Levine and his former contributions to her show. In the clip on the left, Dr. Levine is interviewed by Katie Couric on Today about his book Ready or Not, Here Life Comes, and for someone who had sat on Oprah's stage numerous times before, he seems completely uncomfortable and shifty-eyed.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: oprah; scandal
Heh heh. The buzzards are circling overhead. That this is the last season of her long-running show, her high-profile on daily TV, stratospheric perch from which she looked down upon her empire, subjects, soon to end, the ratings for the Oprah Winfrey Network doing well below expectations, it seems she is now fair game.
1 posted on 02/22/2011 8:26:34 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

It seems that Oprah always wanted to provide answers for people. Sadly, she never gave them the right one. Oprah, if you hear the voice of the Lord today, harden not your heart.


2 posted on 02/22/2011 8:29:50 AM PST by PrepareToLeave (Arrows of the Almighty)
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To: lbryce

She lent her credibility to OBOZO.......That right there is all anyone needs to know!


3 posted on 02/22/2011 8:32:45 AM PST by Circle_Hook
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To: lbryce
I find the knock in the article against Rachel Ray because she doesn't have any formal culinary training to be a real cheap shot. I don't have any formal training either but I am a damn good cook.

Judge a cook by the quality and taste of the meals they produce and not by the 'training' they may or may not have received.

4 posted on 02/22/2011 8:35:52 AM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: Circle_Hook

Oprah is irrelevant period.


5 posted on 02/22/2011 8:36:30 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: JPG

I agree, she never claimed to be anything but a 30 minute meal cook.

A cute and good one at that.


6 posted on 02/22/2011 8:39:13 AM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: JPG

I agree with you on that. Rachel Ray has never promoted herself as having formal training. In fact she has always made it clear she doesn’t. Formal training does not a good cook make.


7 posted on 02/22/2011 8:39:16 AM PST by beandog
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To: lbryce
The number of recent scandals that have emerged — and we're talking about scandals that go beyond Dr. Phil not being a "real doctor," or Rachael Ray not having any formal culinary training

I did not know that "Doctor Phil" did not have a doctorate but as far as Rachael Ray not having "any formal culinary training", has she ever claimed it?

8 posted on 02/22/2011 8:39:53 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: lbryce
Dr. Melvin Levine—who appeared on Oprah repeatedly over the course of several years as a childhood education expert—committed suicide on Friday, the same day that 40 of his former patients filed a medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit against him

I believe that Oprah is culpable, and should be added to the lawsuit.

9 posted on 02/22/2011 8:40:06 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: lbryce

The Oprah is nothing more than New Age atheism.

Pray for America


10 posted on 02/22/2011 8:40:14 AM PST by bray (Vote Palin to make heads explode on both sides of the aisle.)
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To: lbryce

I find it curious they included Rachel Ray in this article.

I’ve read several articles about Rachel Ray and she, from the beginning, would state she had no formal training.


11 posted on 02/22/2011 8:41:43 AM PST by Texas56
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To: SZonian

She may be a lib, but I did like that picture of her licking the chocolate syrup off of the wooden spoons while wearing an apron...:)


12 posted on 02/22/2011 8:45:05 AM PST by rlmorel (The Interstate Commerce Act...The Swiss Army Knife of Constitution Shredders everywhere!)
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To: lbryce
I gotta better idea. Don't watch her show.
13 posted on 02/22/2011 8:48:19 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: rlmorel

Yum!


14 posted on 02/22/2011 8:49:59 AM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: SZonian

What Rachel Ray shows is more practical home cooking, emphasizing practical and simple. Much of it likely learned and further developed by experience. It’s a subject I doubt is taught in culinary school.


15 posted on 02/22/2011 8:49:59 AM PST by Fred Hayek (All Hail the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: lbryce
And her worse endorsement....
16 posted on 02/22/2011 8:50:55 AM PST by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: Fred Hayek

True, trying to help folks understand that cooking a great meal isn’t as hard as they may think.


17 posted on 02/22/2011 8:52:40 AM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: Texas56

Does RR still scurry about the kitchen gathering the necessary items? I got so tired of that act that I haven’t watched her show in a long time.


18 posted on 02/22/2011 8:52:51 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: lbryce
Why is Rachel Ray on this list? What does she owe to Oprah? I've watched "30 minute meals" for years and RR never claims to be a trained chef and I don't remember any reference to the One's Prophetess. AAMOF, RR frequently describes herself as a "home cook" but I think her 30-min formula is a remarkable achievement in "unedited" demonstrations of practical, tasty and nutritious cooking (although hugh in calories).

Martha Stewart was a stockbroker who just took up catering one day.

Now, I've never watched her talk shows because I hate that format, particularly directed at women. Yuck. I hate Hollywood celebs and hate it when they open their stupid pieholes.

Just wondering why this is a slam at a good performer, RR, who doesn't try to tell me how to vote.

19 posted on 02/22/2011 8:54:27 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

You’re right on the money


20 posted on 02/22/2011 8:55:51 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Graybeard58
I have no idea what “not a real doctor” means. It might mean that he gave up his license in 2006.

However, according to Wiki: “McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He went on to earn a master's degree in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph.D in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas,[6] where his dissertation was titled “Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Psychological Intervention”.”

21 posted on 02/22/2011 8:58:55 AM PST by NathanR (,)
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To: IM2MAD

When you have an ego that’s as big as your bank balance, you don’t have time for vetting anyone; that includes Kenyan Marxists posing as President.


22 posted on 02/22/2011 9:02:09 AM PST by mrvirgo
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To: IM2MAD
I don't know if any new 30-mins are being produced. I always enjoyed her gathering of ingredients--something that is done by a "sous chef" for other cooking shows. It is an organizing technique, and the sign of a good practical teacher.

30-min was more of a revolution that people realize. Until her show, TV cooking was just dumping "mises en place" into a skillet, without any acknowledgement of the time spent in chopping onions, etc.

Her meal prep is a long stream of unedited shots, convincingly "real time"--all the while keeping up a run of instructional chatter that repeats the recipe three or four times throughout the show. I've made a lot of these meals, bought a knife like hers, and keep two "garbage bowls" handy while I prep.

They are good, fresh, tasty--but her portions are huge and the meal is often high in calories.

The only thing she does off-camera to prep for the show is to wash the greens and buy the groceries.

People make fun of her like they did Martha Stewart, but people waste way too much money eating out. I see young couples eating out more than once a week, which has to be a real budget-buster. Cook for yourself, save the money. RR showed that you can put together a solid, satisfying meal in the time it takes to wait for a table, and then wait for the food.

23 posted on 02/22/2011 9:02:09 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: IM2MAD

I thought scurrying about the kitchen gathering the necessary items to cook a meal was the normal way to do it. Having ingredients all on a tray in little measuring cups is no fun.


24 posted on 02/22/2011 9:09:18 AM PST by Twinkie
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To: SZonian
I don't think this violates any posting guidelines, and does help cleanse the palate of any unwanted Oprah thread aftertastes...


25 posted on 02/22/2011 9:10:11 AM PST by rlmorel (The Interstate Commerce Act...The Swiss Army Knife of Constitution Shredders everywhere!)
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To: rlmorel
Hm. Doesn't want to display. I guess the question mark will just have to fill in the mind...that and this link:

Rachel Ray cleans a spoon...:)

26 posted on 02/22/2011 9:12:37 AM PST by rlmorel (The Interstate Commerce Act...The Swiss Army Knife of Constitution Shredders everywhere!)
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To: Mamzelle
Maybe that's the reason: because she doesn't tell you how to vote. The MSM and the Oprah followers don't like that trait.
27 posted on 02/22/2011 9:13:15 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: lbryce

I saw an ad for a show on her network called something like transgender America. If an adult wants to do it, at least they’re an adult and responsible for their decisions but I saw them interviewing a little kid I would say was less than 10 years old whose parents from what I could tell were letting the boy change into a girl. At less than 10. How is this possible? What doctor would consent to this? Where is CPS in this case? What are the parents thinking?

I think the kid that was mutilated during a botched circumcision and was turned into a girl ended up committing suicide.


28 posted on 02/22/2011 9:16:58 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: lbryce
RESPECT
29 posted on 02/22/2011 9:16:58 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: lbryce

Oprah is just a self-indulgent cow with delusions of he presumed importance.
Years ago, Oprah committed a sacrilege when the front of TV Guide had a picture of Oprah’s head photoshopped onto Ann Margaret’s dark tinted body.
WQhat has been seen, cannot be unseen.


30 posted on 02/22/2011 9:36:44 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: lbryce

Oprah is just a self-indulgent cow with delusions of he presumed importance.
Years ago, Oprah committed a sacrilege when the front of TV Guide had a picture of Oprah’s head photoshopped onto Ann Margaret’s dark tinted body.
What has been seen, cannot be unseen.


31 posted on 02/22/2011 9:36:50 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: lbryce

I also notice the dead baby story at her school has had a lid put on it.


32 posted on 02/22/2011 9:53:01 AM PST by Freddd
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To: JPG

I find the knock in the article against Rachel Ray because she doesn’t have any formal culinary training to be a real cheap shot. I don’t have any formal training either but I am a damn good cook.
Judge a cook by the quality and taste of the meals they produce and not by the ‘training’ they may or may not have received.”

Isn’t Paula Dean in that same category? No ‘formal training’, but very successful???

Hell- Bill Gates quit college & had no ‘formal training’ in running a business—so how is Microsoft so successful?

I am not a cook, either— I am a life long bookkeeper.

I have been volunteering with a riding club to help prepare the main dish for meals for as many as 80 people at a time. So far- we have never run out of food, no matter how many riders & crews showed up, nor has anyone not liked what I prepared.

I would never try to get a job as a cook- but the hardest part of doing this cooking is thinking of a main dish that I can prepare mostly in advance & I can also ride my horses. I have missed a number of rides because I was ‘cooking’ & preparing the items for the others.


33 posted on 02/22/2011 10:05:01 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Circle_Hook
Obo got needed national exposure thru her. She was the main TV person to jump start his introduction to the public at large. She has been scammed many times, i remember some guy's fake book she hocked until it was dicovered as a fraud. The book scam was not Obama (that specific time).

She pushed that "beef-is-bad" and was sued by Texas-sumptin-sumptin for $$damage to their cattle industry. She is one of the best examples of 1st.Amendment Abuse in the private sector.

34 posted on 02/22/2011 10:13:33 AM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: Texas56

Rachel Ray is adorable, and she can cook. That’s all I need to know about any woman.


35 posted on 02/22/2011 2:21:02 PM PST by murdoog
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To: lbryce

The article highlights various awful human beings, who nonetheless may or may not have given good advice — it completely skips over the quacks and snake oil salesmen, Jenny McCarthy, Suzanne Sommers, Dr. Oz’s questionable (but profitable) “supplement” business, “The Secret,” the “Bible Code,” and all manner of pseudoscience and woo.

Rachel Ray does not belong in the litany at all.


36 posted on 02/22/2011 2:50:11 PM PST by ReignOfError
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