Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where Kitty Kelley Went Wrong

Kitty Kelley may have uncovered Oprah's dirtiest and darkest secrets and combined it into her new book, Oprah: An Autobiography, but at the cost of everything.

One of the Ten Commandments of Journalism is: "It's practitioners have an obligation to exercise their personal conscience." (The Elements of Journalism, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiel)

Kitty Kelley clearly has no conscience. She appears to have no remorse for the truths she's about to reveal, and worse, is angry that she can't get on any TV shows to brag about her "accomplishment."

What good would come from uncovering Oprah's personal and family history? Oprah is one of the most powerful women in the World and uses her success, fame and name for good: she donates so much of her money to people and countries in need, and uses her magazine, talk show, and network to reach out to the public to encourage them to do the same. This woman is one of the most honorable iconic figures of our time.

Why would anyone try to attack her? Wish I had an answer, but I don't.

If Kelley had uncovered a truth about Oprah that would benefit the public (something like Oprah is a Nazi sympathizer) and was newsworthy, than it would be different. Instead, Kelley wants to open a wound in Oprah's history that Oprah wanted hidden because she was hurt or embarrassed by. Learning who her real father is or who she's had past, sexual relations with doesn't diminish or taint all the good she's done.

Kelley's book displays that she has no personal conscience, morals or ethics--the foundation of good writing and journalism. Reporting something that is only going to hurt someone else belongs in the tabloids. I applaud Larry King, Barbara Walters and others who have decided not to give this woman anymore media attention. She does not deserve it.

To Read More about the situation:: Kitty Kelley Reveals Oprah's Biggest Secrets, Faces Media Boycott


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