"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Media Loves a Catfight

Talk about stirring up drama where there isn't any. Just because longtime friends Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou have publicly endorsed different democratic candidates for the upcoming presidential primary, the New York Times gets to print the headline, "When It Comes to Politics, Friendship Has Its Limits," and discuss what the disagreement means for their friendship.

"Have the friends discussed their political differences?

A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfreys company, Harpo Productions, could not be reached for comment.

A representative for Ms. Angelou did not respond to a request for comment."
Seriously?  This is news?  So, Oprah says on Larry King Live that she supports Barack Obama and Maya has a video endorsement for Hillary Clinton.  Is this "disagreement" really supposed to mean anything about their friendship?  Because I never would have imagined this as a problem.  It's interesting to know about which candidates these successful women would like to win the democratic nomination, but to frame their differing preferences as a conflict?  Ridiculous.