Oprah’s “Truth” and its potentially deadly consequences

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Former daytime TV superstar and rumored presidential candidate Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes. In the “complicated times” we live in, she said during her acceptance speech, “speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

While such bromides may play well with an audience of entertainers, Ms. Winfrey’s applause lines should be a warning to those who take her political ambitions seriously.

[For example,] Ms Winfrey’s has a penchant for promoting the myth that vaccines are dangerous. … Ms. Winfrey’ biggest gift to the anti-vaccine movement came in September, 2007 when she invited the actress Jenny McCarthy to appear on her top rated show. She gave McCarthy a platform to promote the discredited idea that vaccines cause autism.

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