I normally don't watch The Oprah Winfrey Show
. Oh, I occasionally catch part of it
when my wife watches it, as it's on at 7 PM on one station in our market, but I don't generally watch it. But I really wish I had seen this episode here, when Oprah slapped down
dissembling "memoirist" James Frey for his making up a large part of his supposed memoir A Million Little Pieces
and lambasting his publisher for not doing even the most rudimentary fact checking, all the while apologizing to her viewers for having been taken in.
As enjoyable as the spectacle might have been, I can see one consequence of this dustup that I don't look forward to seeing. Recently, Oprah picked
Elie Wiesel's book about Auschwitz Night
as her next Book Club selection. I can already see the Holocaust deniers chomping at the bit to take James Frey's exaggerations and made-up incidents being represented as nonfiction and use them to attack Elie Wiesel's book about Auschwitz. It's coming.