After watching today's show, I was reminded that Oprah's incredible generosity is not the only reason the female (and many devoted males) population of the world has cherished her and the show she hosts. For years The Oprah Winfrey Show has cranked out shows, day after day, that involve important topics for our country to hear and everyone takes notice. There isn't any other show like that on television today. This is why I have been a devoted fan of hers since I could sit up and watch the TV at my Grandmas house during the summer.
The perfect example is the focus of today's show; the atrocities in the U.S. education system.
Most of the discussion on her show involved the documentary Waiting For Superman, which does an in depth investigation into the problems with education all over our country. The fact that I am strongly impassioned about the importance of education, I saw this preview at a movie theater several months ago and instantly wanted to see it.
National, local, and world news could only dedicate a small segment to topics like this one, which is why Oprah's hour long format is perfect and allows this topic to reach, and hopefully motivate to action, a huge audience. Once Oprah is gone there will be a serious void to fill in order to keep presenting important topics like this to America.
Now don't get me wrong, The Oprah Winfrey Show isn't always utilizing groundbreaking journalism and can also be found as an entertaining, celebrity driven, movie promoting machine, but what's wrong with having a little fun in between the serious stuff? (Liza and John Stewart are on tomorrow!)
Ah, Oprah, why are you leaving before I could work for you?