May 25, 2009

Now, that's what I call a conspiracy theory: Andrew Breitbart told Glenn Beck on Friday that he thinks that Oprah Winfrey is the real power behind the Obama throne:

Breitbart: Well, this doesn’t surprise me. Does it surprise you? This is the Oprah Winfrey presidency. She was his biggest supporter, and I think that she’s been behind the scenes orchestrating this presidency as a media presidency, photo ops, giving billions of dollars of gifts away to people and to companies like General Electric, and until the mainstream media starts realizing --

Beck: Wait a minute. Are you suggesting that Barack Obama walks into a room and goes, "GE CEOs, look under your seat!"

Breitbart: I think that's exactly what it is.

Beck: You've got a bailout. Is that what you're suggesting?

Breitbart: That's exactly what I'm suggesting. It is the Oprah Winfrey presidency.

You know, it's funny: Fox never featured hosts who were upset about Fox' cozy relationships with the Republicans who made Rupert Murdoch's massive American media acquisitions possible for the past decade.

It never featured reports or talk-show hosts who even talked about former GE CEO Jack Welch's cozy relationship with the GOP and the Bush administration earlier this decade.

Evidently, they only object to such political coziness when Democrats do it. OK, we got that.

But what, exactly, does Oprah have to do with GE? The only business connection is that NBC bought Oxygen, the network Oprah cofounded, in 2007. But GE does not own Oprah's production company or have much of a relationship. (Her long-running TV show is distributed through King World Productions, a CBS operation.)

These people having been breathing some kind of exhaust and it's messing with their heads. Probably their own.

Of course, in the case of Breitbart, he's just being his usual a-hole self. Nothing new there.

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