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TV Guide and NY Times say Oprah Winfrey’s Empire is Crumbling

TV Guide’s Chloe Tse article dated 05-27-2008 reports tremors in Oprah’s media empire.

According to TV Guide Winfrey’s new-age spiritualism and political persuasion is jeopardizing her marketability in the media, thereby diminishing her status.

 

Perhaps Winfrey’s longtime reign over the media is coming to an abrupt end. For so long revered as nearly a saint because of her uplifting programming, Oprah is now beginning to receive criticism for her views. It has often been said that one should not talk about their religion and politics. Oprah is defying the odds and daring to do both.

 

I salute her for her authenticity and boldness to express her individuality. Yet doing so is simultaneously hurting her marketability. Nevertheless on the flip side of that argument, we do well to remember that controversy does sell. Who knows the queen of TV could remake herself into an activist for worthy causes and a voice against social injustice. Nobody can dispute Oprah has done and is doing a lot of good in the world. And with such influence why shouldn’t she let her voice be heard?

 

The New York Times says Oprah’s choices are gaining skepticism and audiences are tuning out. According to Nielson Media Research, for the third straight year in a row, Oprah is experiencing a decline in audience viewers.

 

Research shows Oprah’s program has dropped 7% of its viewers this year alone. Oprah’s other projects also seem to be suffering. For example her reality show Oprah’s Big Give debuted this winter with a huge audience and beat every program on television except for American Idol, but also experienced the loss of almost a third of its audience.

 

Winfrey’s readership of O her magazine, which you would think to have increased with the nonstop promotion of Tolle’s book, suffered a beating and loss of 10% over the last 3 years according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

 

Even Oprah’s favorite and highly promoted books in her book club are suffering harsh criticism. Apparently Oprah either didn’t adequately study the demographics of her viewers, or disregarded her viewers beliefs altogether. Women in the deep south who heavily watch Oprah’s program are typically Christian and many supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton.  Hence Oprah has cut her own throat by alienating Christendom with her new age books and shows, while simultaneously disenchanting white women when she endorsed Barak Obama for President.

 

As a Christian who read “A New Earth” and found it a in meaningful book, I understand both how Oprah feels and religious folks who don’t play around with their faith. Certainly not all Christians can eat the fish and spit out the bones when reading spiritual truths originating from another ideological orbit. Politically Americans aren’t very tolerant or understanding either, as evidenced by the great political divide in our country between Republicans and Democrats.

 

I commend Oprah for being true to what she believes in and bold enough to share what she thinks will empower people to live better lives. Her intentions and motives are certainly pure. If Oprah were solely money motivated, she would not continue to promote her spiritual and political views. Yet being already established financially, Oprah is embarking upon larger more meaningful missions to change the world. O Ambassadors is just one new endeavor Oprah is partnering with Free the Children to liberate and educate kids worldwide.

 

Hopefully Oprah who says she is a Christian will not find problems with parents concerned about their children getting sold new-age ideas. I think Oprah is doing a great work and deserves our support. Yet at the same time we who have beliefs of our own should not be any less vocal than Oprah.

 

Anything worth having in life requires a sacrifice. For Oprah it is a drop in viewer ratings, book sales, and magazine distribution. Nevertheless the rewards of the sacrifice should be sufficient to warrant the losses. Often we must first be willing to lose in order to win.

 

It cannot be disputed that ultimately we attract what we are. We cannot please everyone and succeed. We are at our best when we are true to ourselves and transparent about it. That Oprah is and that is why we love her.

 

Beyond touching hearts and putting tears in our eyes, Oprah also makes people think. Now raising eyebrows and making us scratch our heads, Oprah is finding herself as she further evolves. She recently said on her program that she admits to not having enough time to truly enjoy herself.  Perhaps as Oprah becomes more present and lets go of the ambition of sustaining her empire, critics will be silenced and her true spirit will emerge in purity untainted from the labels many have tried to presumptuously give her.

 

Dividing audiences is not always a bad thing as even the Word of God itself divides, while exposing our hearts (see Hebrews 4:12). Although Oprah’s television audience is predominately middle-aged white women who support Senator Hillary Clinton, most Americans are awaking to the reality that we need some color in the White House to truly get real and heal the homeland.

 

Angry criticism of new-age spiritualism and political disputes though a common message thread on the message boards from her website, Oprah will continue to transcend the accusations and come out on top as she honors the God of truth.  Love rejoices in the truth and we should do no less.

 

Next up for Oprah is OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. featuring programming that will reflect Winfrey’s vision of what she considers empowering programming.   

 

You can’t go wrong when you touch, teach, and transform your audience.

 

It’s not about being the queen of the media as much as it is about living a meaningful life of purpose to impact humanity.

 

Paul F Davis – international speaker and author

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

RevivingNations@yahoo.com

 

 

Paul F. Davis is a world-changing leadership & diversity speaker who has touched over 50 countries & 6 continents building bridges cross-culturally and empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!

 

Paul is the author of 14 books. Paul has appeared on numerous internationally broadcast radio shows from Oprah & Friends to Fox News Radio to talk about conflict resolution, peacemaking, foreign policy, and diplomacy. Playboy Radio host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an “awesome” relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.

 

Academically outstanding Davis was trained in transformative mediation & conflict resolution (Hofstra Law School); strategic negotiations (Harvard Business School & U. of Washington); advanced interrogation (Reid & Associates founders of the polygraph); and NLP & Life Coaching (NLP & Coaching Institute of California).

 

Paul humorously and elegantly transforms individuals and organizations.

 

Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Inc. builds dreams, transcends limitations, & reconciles nations.

 

Paul worked at Ground Zero in NYC during 9/11; helped rebuild a home at the tsunami epicenter; comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda; spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war; inspired students & monks in Myanmar; promoted peace & reconciliation in Pakistan; and has been so deep into the bush of rural Africa where villagers had never before seen a white man.

 

Paul empowers people to love passionately and live fearlessly.

 

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

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Overcoming Adversity Speaker to Revolutionize Your World – a Keynote to Empower You!

Paul F. Davis understands what it is to struggle and overcome adversity. Paul therefore can deeply touch and mightily transform humanity.

Paul’s selfless accomplishments and worldwide service in some of the most devastated regions on earth makes him an unforgettable speaker able to captivate any audience. 

 

Paul F. Davis was born with pneumonia, after which he lived in an oxygen tent until he gained the strength to endure the outside elements. Paul cried so much during his infancy, he gave himself a hernia which required surgery to repair.
Once in the earth instead of ceasing, Paul’s struggles only intensified. His mother divorced his dad and became an alcoholic and drug addict. Growing up, Paul says, “My mom was either in one of three places: the bar getting drunk, in jail behind bars, or in a mental ward receiving rehabilitation.”

In the absence of his mother and father, Paul grew up with his maternal grandparents. Though Paul’s grandparents adored and cared wonderfully for him, they simultaneously battled to help Paul’s mother recover from substance abuse and mental illness caused by it. This was very embarrassing and difficult for Paul to endure as a youth growing up.

When Paul’s father remarried and gained custody of him, Paul had a hard time getting along with his step-mother who refused to pamper and spoil him as did his grandparents. Once Paul’s parents relocated him from Orlando to live in the country, at the age of 12 years Paul battled childhood depression and for a short while even contemplated suicide he so hated his life.

Nevertheless Paul determined to cultivate inner happiness, overcome his circumstances, and make something of his life. Paul became the most-improved student in 6th grade, excelled at baseball making the all-stars and leading his team to 1st place, winning the most games of any pitcher in the league.

Paul also reconciled with his step-mother who today he affectionately calls “Mom” and has a special relationship with. As for his grandparents, Paul during his adult life cared for them for 2 years before they passed as Paul didn’t want to put them in a nursing home after they were so good to him growing up.

Though Paul after 5 years of marriage suffered a horrible divorce due to his ex-wife’s infidelity and adulterous affair, he forgave her and happily moved on with his life. During his personal ground zero, Paul wrote Breakthrough For a Broken Heart empowering people just like him to overcome their disappointments and blossom into their dreams!

Today Paul is again happily married to the love of his life Karla, a gorgeous Canadian who is all he ever dreamed of in a wife. The two are traveling throughout the globe revolutionizing their world, making an amazing difference in the lives of people everywhere they go!

Make no mistake about it. When you need an “Overcoming Adversity” Keynote Speaker, Paul F. Davis is undoubtedly your go to guy to captivate and empower any audience.

Paul is an unforgettable person and purpose coach able to transform any individual and organization.

Please contact Paul for your next special event or seminar.

RevivingNations@gmail.com

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

(407) 284-1705

Paul’s compassion for people has taken him to over 50 countries & 6 continents empowering people to live their dreams!

Paul captivates an audience, transcends limitations, and brings transformation!

For an entertaining, educational, and empowering keynote speech on topics pertinent to your organization, call Paul F. Davis.

Paul passionately loves and lifts the peoples of the world.

A prolific author Paul can tailor make a program to fit your unique needs & exceed your expectations.

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

Paul F. Davis is a world-changing leadership & diversity speaker who has touched over 50 countries & 6 continents building bridges cross-culturally and empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!

Paul is the author of 14 books. Paul has appeared on numerous internationally broadcast radio shows from Oprah & Friends to Fox News Radio to talk about conflict resolution, peacemaking, foreign policy, and diplomacy. Playboy Radio host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an “awesome” relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.

Academically outstanding Davis was trained in transformative mediation & conflict resolution (Hofstra Law School); strategic negotiations (Harvard Business School & U. of Washington); advanced interrogation (Reid & Associates founders of the polygraph); and NLP & Life Coaching (NLP & Coaching Institute of California).

Paul humorously and elegantly transforms individuals and organizations.

Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Inc. builds dreams, transcends limitations, & reconciles nations.

Paul worked at Ground Zero in NYC during 9/11; helped rebuild a home at the tsunami epicenter; comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda; spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war; inspired students & monks in Myanmar; promoted peace & reconciliation in Pakistan; and has been so deep into the bush of rural Africa where villagers had never before seen a white man.

Paul empowers people to love passionately and live fearlessly.

 

 

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

RevivingNations@yahoo.com

 

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Xulon Press Author Complaints at Better Business Bureau Question Christian Publisher Quality

“Christian Publisher” Xulon Press is not a member of the Better Business Bureau, neither have they effectively and ethically handled all of their complaints according to Debra and Michael Copeland.  The former Xulon Press clients wrote me stating their complaint and difficulties with the publisher.

Debra and Michael urge any disgruntled authors to file a complaint with the BBB

 http://www.orlando.bbb.org/codbrep.html?id=163747420

It seems Xulon Press 10 complaints, 4 in the past year.

Considering 10 complaints have been filed, this is reason for concern and precaution before using the publisher. Publishers doing outstanding work and providing authors exceptional service don’t get complaints filed against them in the first place.

It seems Xulon Press is not scoring good marks with the general public, neither with the Better Business Bureau. Write and call the EPCA and Christian Booksellers Association asking them whey they allow Xulon Press to remain a member with them and continue to disappoint authors.

Paul F Davis – author of 4 books done with Xulon “Supernatural Fire”; “Poems That Propel The Planet”; “Adultery 101”; and “Are You Ready For True Love?”

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

RevivingNations@yahoo.com

 

 

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Blockbuster And Netflix Unethical Contracts – Corporation Nation & Crude Capitalism, A New America

Blockbuster Online decided to alter and modify my existing movie rental contract, which initially allowed me unlimited rentals and exchanges at the store for a fixed price. On October 17, 2007 when I walked into the store to exchange a video the store rep told me I had met my limit for monthly exchanges and would have to pay over $2.00 per movie on any additional exchanges. The manager came out and agreed it was bogus and fraudulent, but said he couldn’t change it.

Upon looking at Blockbuster Online they have since phased out unlimited rentals altogether on their website, but such was in operation when I was sold the contract by the Blockbuster representative.

I phoned the competition at Netflix who told me they only lowered their prices, unlike Blockbuster who has since significantly raised their prices. The idea according to my research is for Blockbuster to put the competition out of business for a short while by their online services, than alter their contracts after the competition has been eliminated – kind of like an anti-trust price gouging operation.

The Netflix website contract for similar services, which verbally the rep on the phone said there would not be any price increases……says otherwise. Read the fine print online and you will see a contractual stipulation stating “changes to terms of use.”

Changes to Terms of Use
Netflix, Inc., reserves the right, from time to time, with or without notice to you, to change these Terms of Use in our sole and absolute discretion. The most current version of these Terms of Use can be reviewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” located at the bottom of the pages of the Netflix Web site. The most current version of the Terms of Use will supersede all previous versions. Your use of the Netflix Web site or continued use of our service after changes are made means that you agree to be bound by such changes.

This is the new corporation nation which cares not for consumers but financially raping and taking advantage of us. I say let’s protest!

Write your Better Business Bureau and Congress representatives and cite these unethical billing practices and procedures. What we tolerate will dominate. Close the floodgates before capitalism overtakes we the people and honesty and integrity entirely leaves the marketplace.

Tonight on May 24th, 2008 when I went into Blockbuster’s store I noticed the computer conveniently reduced my monthly exchanges from 5 to 3 when I recently updated my credit card information. I wonder how many people are being falsely taken advantage of every month by Blockbuster. It sounds to me like a class action lawsuit needs to be initiated soon. Blockbuster is always tipping the scales to screw the consumer and make themselves rich on the sly.

Paul F Davis – worldwide minister, international speaker, and author of United States of Arrogance

http://www.PaulFDavis.com
RevivingNations@yaho.com

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