Shares of Weight Watchers, a company in which Oprah Winfrey owns ten percent, shot up as much as 13% today after ‘Oprah for President’ talk that started last evening at the Golden Globe awards.
NBC created quite a stir with the Tweet, now removed.
Early Monday, NBC appeared to back off the apparent Oprah endorsement, and blamed it on a "third party."
"Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast," read the tweet. "It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet."
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that the initial tweet was “stunningly unprofessional” and it’s the “latest of about a billion examples” of how openly liberal and anti-Trump the mainstream media is on a regular basis.
As of Monday morning, NBC’s tweet had been retweeted more than 5,000 times and liked nearly 20,000 times. Not all of the comments beneath the message were in favor of NBC's Democratic strategy.
So, will Winfrey actually challenge Trump?
“The media have been pushing an Oprah candidacy since the 1990s. People magazine polled in 1999 and found her the most popular celebrity candidate and in 2003 she responded to another effort by vowing she'd ‘never’ get into politics. Yet her name keeps being brought up by liberals who want to use populism for their own aims,” Gainor said.
Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told The Los Angeles Times that “It's up to the people” whether she should run for president, but said “she would absolutely do it."
Seth Meyers Connection
At the Golden Globes, comedian Seth Meyers offered this joke during his opening monologue.
That is what inspired NBC who then blamed a third-party agency.
Meryl Streep claims Oprah Winfrey 'doesn't have a choice ' and must run for President amid outpouring of praise for her Golden Globes Speech.
Will She or Won't She?
In a December 12, 2016 interview (posted on March 1, 2017) Oprah told David Rubenstein "No, that won't be happening".
That statement does not show in the above clip but does appear on a full Bloomberg clip.
The choice is hers, and hers alone, not Streeps.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock