Leave it to The New York Times’ David Carr to write a spot-on piece about Oprah Winfrey instead of the usual drivel about how she brainwashes American women:

A Triumph of Avoiding the Traps

My fave passage:

And let’s not forget that just when tabloid television was beginning to crest and threatened to tip over into a sea of cross-dressing Nazis, she pulled back, saying that she could build a bigger audience on uplift than on baser instincts — and the critics scoffed. So she began proselytizing good books, nagging herself about her own weight and, most of all, listened to her audience. And the money kept rolling in bigger and bigger waves.