• Mar 16, 2009


In dire economic times like these, everyone needs a hero, and Detroit's automakers are no exception. So, who better to anoint as a savior than the Queen of All Media herself, Oprah Winfrey? The popular talk show host/book club guru/magazine publisher/philanthropist/bazillionaire has been tapped to champion America's struggling domestic auto industry by none other than President Obama Detroit Free Press columnist Carol Cain.

And why not? Winfrey has a fiercely loyal fan base and unassailable credentials as one of America's few wholly trusted celebrities. What's more, she's even got prior experience promoting the domestic auto industry, as back in 2004, she gave away a fleet of new Pontiac G6s to all 276 members of her studio audience.

Alright, so nobody seems to know what Oprah drives (or more likely, what she is driven in), or whether she is really in-tune with the idea of saving the domestic auto industry in the first place. But we know that Oprah still considers her Pontiac giveaway to be one of her show's finest-ever moments, and she's all about people-helping-people, so perhaps there's some latent goodwill within Harpo's offices that is ripe for exploitation. Besides, we can't let such trivialities get in the way of her ascendancy, can we?

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Either way, all I can remember from that stunt (stunt?) was that those people got taxed to Hell... it was news for a week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Puh-lease...Oprah can't even manage to keep her holographic image of a boyfriend Steadman in check, let alone the auto industry. I'll take a million if she's giving it away though. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      NO FREAKIN WAY!! Oprah is bad no matter what anyone says. She is not even in touch with the Auto industry in any way. I think that there are more people on Autoblog that could help than she could do. If she wanted to help I would tell her to invest her money into the industry or something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd buy a car if the real Oprah did this: .http://tinyurl.com/aont8m
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Oprah will do shows about women who don't know why they like Japanese cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Headline = time to change hobbies/career.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the really hot smokin blonde in green on the left of the car? The blonde behind her ain't that bad either.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Is nice! Sexy time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are celebrities considered so knowledgeable?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I seriously don't think she knows jack s**t about anything. What cannot be denied is her hypnotic effect on women. My own mother would jump off a bridge if Oprah suggested it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And did that massive G6 giveaway spurn a huge sale of Pontiac vehicles? No.

      Oprah's viewers may get coaxed/brainwashed into buying a $30 book or some new doodad, but they're not going to simply fork over $20,000 to GM just because she becomes GM's PR lackey.
      • 5 Years Ago
      PLLLLLEASE is right. Domestic manufacturers need to build quality products that are properly priced. Cut down the model count and equip them. Cut down on the available options so dealers will know what to order!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oprah will only help the economy if it helps her... first.

      She'll only give cars away again if there's something that benefits her or her company. She has Obama's ear anyway, who cares about GM, she's going over them and the rest of the corporations.

      I've worked there and DC/Fed gov't is all about getting connections and power AFTER your term/service, nothing about helping people and making sacrifices (instead WE are being asked to make the sacrifices, remember?). It's not about now, bu about the future (after 4-8yrs), for others to make money (which is fine--the Bush network needs to crumble, but the new network, it's not mine still).
      ducks
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please tell me that it is April 1st today...
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