Oprah Winfrey virtue signaled her support for open borders in a speech on Wednesday.
In an article for O, The Oprah Magazine, Jonathan Borge covered a speech Winfrey gave at a gala celebrating the new Statue of Liberty museum in New York.
According to Borge, “Oprah Winfrey wants less hate, more acceptance.”
Winfrey spoke to the press about the Statue of Liberty’s significance.
According to the Associated Press, she said, “It’s important that we establish that we are a country that has open arms and not closed borders for people. It’s important because we let people know why America is what it is. It’s about an ideal and that ideal is freedom for everybody.”
The talk show host gave her audience a history lesson about the Statue of Liberty, detailing how millions of immigrants came to America in search of a better life during the past century.
She highlighted their motives:
[They] came from famine in search of food, from poverty in search of opportunity. They came from violence in search of peace. They came from oppression in search of freedom. They were young, they were old, they were Jewish, they were Catholic, they were educated, they were not.
Winfrey added, “But for all their differences, each of them came seeking one thing: the American dream.”
She then turned the speech into a discussion about race noting that “Lady Liberty’s spirit of inclusion did not extend to people of color.”
Winfrey also described America as a “flawed society”.
We are and have always been a flawed society and what I know for sure is this: that we have made great strides and we have suffered tremendous defeat, but the wheel is still in spin as our country continues to evolve. And the dream, let me tell you, has not died. Because the dream is up to us.
The television host concluded her talk by calling on America to be more welcoming towards immigrants.
Is it possible that we can build bridges rather than walls? Would immigration be the hot-bed issue it is in our country if we could perhaps help people find safety and opportunity in theirs? Can we at the very least be humane when families approach us for sanctuary, regardless of whether or not we choose to provide it.
Winfrey’s speech will make for good headlines, but when it comes to substance it’s rather lacking.
For a start, immigration throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century was done in the context of a society without a welfare state. Immigrants that came to America either sank or swam.
Now that has changed thanks to the myriad of welfare programs present in the U.S. According to BLP reports, many immigrants end up relying on these programs, thus putting tremendous pressure on American taxpayers. This does not even mention the potential social effects mass migration has on societies, where immigrants have trouble assimilating or entering the workforce.
No amount of virtue signaling will change these harsh realities of the current mass migration paradigm.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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