Oprah 's Influence On American Society Essay
Oprah Winfrey has been wildly successful. From hosting a morning show on a Chicago-based TV station to hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, she is arguably one of the most successful celebrities in the United States and beyond. Even after curtains closed on her show that ran for 25 seasons, she continued her success by launching her own television network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). According to Forbes magazine, OWN recorded its first positive cash flow in 2013. The future looks bright for the TV network and the celebrity billionaire.
Oprah’s influence on American society has been as longstanding as her successful TV show. She, for instance, was featured nine years in a row in Time’s 100 most influential people. No one else came close, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton coming a distant second. Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton have both appeared 6 times in ‘The World’s Most Influential People’ list since its inception in 1999. In 2008, Oprah was credited with getting Obama over 1 million votes of the total he garnered in that year’s presidential polls. An Oprah endorsement was seen as a significant step in the march to the White House.
In the list of Oprah’s superstar mentees is Phillip Calvin McGraw. Through his regular appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Mr. McGraw became an overnight superstar and gained popularity with the show’s viewers who loved his no-nonsense, straight-shooting approach to…