Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oprah and Sarah, sittin' in a tree

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Oprah needs viewers. Sarah needs more conservative groups to buy her book in bulk so they can give it away for free or sell it at a discount.

Ah, capitalism. As long as everyone's making money, anyone can jump under the fiscal sheets together.

But, don't feel pressured to run out and pre-order a copy of Palin's book. If you're patient, you can pick a copy up on the Conservative Book Club's one cent list in a couple months.

And before you get excited about how much Palin's grammar has improved over the last year, don't forget that Lynn Vincent actually wrote her book.

Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season's ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show .

You may have noticed that the appearance by the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is happening smack dab in the middle of the November ratings derby.

It's also the day before Palin's new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," is scheduled to hit bookstores.

Oprah's production company, Harpo, claims it will be Palin's first interview about the book. We'll see about that.

Oprah has largely abandoned her whole aspirational programming mantra this season and gone in for the more purely commercial.

That has translated into the longest-two-day-interview-ever with Whitney Houston to kick off Houston's latest comeback attempt; Oprah's deliciously detailed interview with Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who was unknowingly videotaped nude in a hotel room by some stalker guy; and her highly touted, things-could-get-rough, face-to-face meeting between former world champion boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield -- their first meeting since Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear during a 1997 WBA heavyweight title fight.

And now, add to that list Palin, whose book was No. 2 on's bestseller list Tuesday afternoon.

Read more from The Washington Post.

Conservatives don't seem too excited about Palin's interview with Oprah, either:

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