To me, it is clear that a significant number of people look up to you, and trust your advice and judgment. That is why it is such a huge mistake for you to endorse Jenny McCarthy with her own show on your network.
Fairly recently Shirley Wu posted a letter to Oprah on her blog. While I am not the first and certainly not the most prominent blogger to share this, I felt the passion, reason, and worthiness of topic are not combined this well often enough.
While the letter may seem critical of Oprah in some respects, to me it comes across as a clear, concise, heartfelt plea for Oprah to listen to rationality and reason.
Surely you must realize that McCarthy is neither a medical professional nor a scientist. And yet she acts as a spokesperson for the anti-vaccination movement, a movement that directly impacts people’s health. Claims that vaccines are unsafe and cause autism have been refuted time after time, but their allure persists in part because of high-profile champions for ignorance like McCarthy.
So to all my readers, please share this as far and wide as you can… This is a topic worthy of spreading…
And to Oprah:
You reach millions of people everyday and your words and endorsements carry an incredible amount of weight. If you say to buy a certain book, people will buy it. If you do a segment on a certain charity, people will contribute. And if you say that what Jenny McCarthy is saying has merit, people will believe you.
Jenny McCarthy could be considered responsible for a significant number of these; you can imagine what might happen if you give her influence over your audience of millions.