September 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Florida Republican group to boycott Oprah

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Obama in February."]
(CNN)-The Florida Federation of Republican Women made the decision to boycott the Oprah Winfrey Show Saturday, after the media mogul refused to have Gov. Sarah Palin as a guest on her show until after the election wraps up.

"Women in Florida helped build Oprah into the icon she is today," Linda Ivell, President of the FFRW said in a statement. "We are deeply disappointed in Ms. Winfrey's decision to sit out the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage."

The talk show host denied accusations Friday, that she was even considering the vice presidential nominee as a guest.

"At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a plat for any of the candidates," Winfrey wrote in a statement, responding to a story from The Drudge report claiming her staff was "sharply divided" on whether they should book the Alaska Governor.

Winfrey agreed Palin would be a "fantastic interview," but wouldn't invite her on until after the November elections.

The Florida Federation of Republican Women, the "largest political organization in Florida," celebrating the groups 58 year anniversary is also encouraging members to cancel subscriptions to O Magazine, Ivell said.

"We find it to be an abuse of her power -gained on the backs of our patronage of her advertising empire – to use her program to so blatantly support Obama in the face of this historic moment. So, we are tuning out and canceling our subscriptions to O Magazine and encourage other women to do the same," Ms Ivell said.

Winfrey came under fire from some of her supporters in December after campaigning with the Democratic nominee in South Carolina.

Ivell did not say the Florida Republicans would be tuning out indefinitely, but at least until 'after the election.' Adding, she and her members respect the decision to support Obama, "as every American is entitled to their personal opinion and vote."

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  1. Jenny

    How about all the other million TV shows that Palin is boycotting by not going on? Does think McCain camp think we're dumb? O, I guess they do.

    Maybe Palin can start by doing an interview on Sesame Street or The Dog Whisperer?

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Mike Hunt

    Methinks Sarah Palin is to the women's movement what Jimmy "JJ" Walker was to the black civil rights movement.

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. S. Boatman

    You Are Welcome To Come On My Television Show! You Probably Wont Because I Would Ask You Some Hard Questions That Would Make You Look Bad! You Probably Could Not Answer Them Anyway Because They Would Be To Scripted!

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. I Think

    Waht a moot point! The Republican power brokers want to keep her FROM talking to ANYONE who would ask real questions – and being on Oprah is about as real as it can get.

    Oprah should INVITE Palin to her show. Americans DESERVE some answers from the very likely next President of the United States.

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Lorna, NY

    Oh please, the Republicans are insane! Why are they acting so childish? Is it because they are afraid?

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. D&D

    Why do they want Palin do badly in Oprah's show anyway?
    She can have a press conference instead if she wants to!

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Francisco Cardenas

    Oprah needs to understand that after the election, Palin will be busy with her Vice Presidential duties and will have little time or need to be on Oprah's show!

    McCain-Palin '08
    Hillary Clinton 2012!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Sal

    It just demonstrates, that Oprah and the Democratic party, cannot accept any person or comment that disagrees or threatens their control agenda.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. CT Belle

    This group is pushing for Sarah to go on Oprah-what about Meet the know a show that's about politics? I can see their priorities are right.

    Susie- 'So you're saying that Oprah can't support Obama if she is for women's rights? You're stupid. Woman can be informed voters too...not you of course!

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Cohen M

    Oprah does'nt need them !

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. JK Ashburn, VA

    Danielle wrote: "Umm…last I checked, Oprah can have who she wants on her show. Wow, the nerve of some people, trying to bully Oprah. Sick!!"

    You're absolutely right - she can have whomever she wants on her show. And viewers, such as those in Florida, can decide to boycott her for her decisions and her hypocrisy. All is fair.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    LIKE-----OPRAH---–REALLY ----–CARE!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is Oprah's show.

    Let the Florida group form their own show and work years to make it popular then they can do what they want to do with it.

    Oprah has not had Obama, Biden, McCain, or Hillary on her show since this campaign season started... why should Palin be given SPECIAL TREATMENT ?

    NO SPECIAL TREATMENT for Palin – she has to play just like everyone else!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. katheren waken

    yes! yes! i agree florida, if that is the way she feels, then why did she stand up for obama to the public ? never cared for her anyway, to she likes herself to much, and throws her power around like a hockey puck. one day she will wake up and stop counting her money because it will be gone. the lord works in mysterious ways when you treat people unfarely ways. cats horses

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Gabriella, LA

    Ohhh please. Get over it. It's Oprah. Who cares? If Republicans really want to be avante guard, send Palin on the Ellen Show, lol.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Daggone In NC

    Why is everyone making a big deal over this? Oprah can have whoever she wants on her show. She already had Obama on there I think more than once, so that's who she is supporting. Why would she put someone who doesn't agree with her politics on her show?

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. You are just bringing her more attention

    What a bunch of baseless complainers. She has not had Obama on her show since she announced her support of Obama. I think it is honorable that in spite of her strong feelings about Obama, she has not used her show as an infomercial. I think I will get a subscription to O to pick up the slack.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. bluv4obama

    They won't even let her conduct ONE INTERVIEW! They want to PROTECT and hide her from the public. The Obama haters are trying to use every means they can to show unbiased coverage. Believe me, the media is jumping at the chance to even talk to Palin. Face it: McCain CAN NOT get attention on his own as he is boring! He needs Palin to get his message and a crowd.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Jason

    Thank you!!!!! I love Oprah and have enjoyed her for many years. But, with her endorsement of Obama and clear favoritism she is abandoning the very principles I once thought she had. I would love to see other boycotts. Her statement and excuses on this matter were utterly offensive and seemed extremely false.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. MK

    Does the GOP feel they can force this women on everyone? I am just guessin that the people of Florida can make up their own minds on who to watch and who not to watch.

    Oh and also, breaking news.....The Dems nominated a women 20 years ago! The GOP tore her and her family to shreads, so much for family values! Hypocrites, all of them.

    September 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. No Way, No How, No George McCain!

    "We find it to be an abuse of her power"

    LOL What nut jobs! It's her show, she can have whoever she dam well wants!

    September 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. mimi


    Frustrated Females Righteous Wright

    September 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. alex

    susie September 6th, 2008 8:02 pm ET

    My friends and I, in Michigan, decided we would boycott Oprah too, She promoted Obama on her show, yet, she pretends she is for women rights. What a hyprocrit
    Don't you realize that McCain and Palin are both against equal pay rights for women? Both don't support abortion under any circumstances...
    Obama supports equal pay rights for women, and he is pro-choice. Obama clearly supports women's rights more than McCain and Palin.

    September 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    All I can say is that the democrats really dealt Hillary a mean death blow. Oprah started the celebrity bandwagon for Obama. She is TOO biased to be able to think objectively.

    Now- although they seem to really WANT to- Democrats are not in a posotion to repeat those mistakes with Sarah. They can not criticize pregnant teens (Obama's mama?) or inexperience (Obama?) or faith and family (Obama has pandered to Evangelicals himself).

    The democrats divided their party with intra-party vitriol- nasty, vulgar, foul name-calling and insults against Hillary and also against any fellow democrat that dared to vote for some candidate other than Obama. They were sexist and demeaning and brutal in their attacks on women of their own party.

    Obama did not want to be overshadowed by the VP- so he did not go with HRC. He was afraid she would outshow him.

    SO SARAH HIT EVERY NAIL ON THE HEAD with her speech.

    NOW the republicans have stolen the show. The democrats are stuck because of the nasty, bigoted, sexist NEW democrats that Obama has inspired. The democrats have lost the moral high ground for being inclusive and supportive of women and progressive.

    The republicans proved to be the TRUE believers in change. It was a stunning turn-about.

    September 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Sue

    Wow. The Republicans are just insane. I bet if Oprah offered her an interview spot, the Supreme Managers of Palin would say no way anyway. Nobody knows anything about Palin, and she won't allow interviews. We need to know about her views if we are to trust her as VP. What is she afraid of?! She needs to talk to the regular mainstream press before she goes on the soft talk show circuit. Please note again that Obama was on Oprahs show before he was a nominee, and Oprah has made a judgement about not having candidates on.

    September 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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