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Oprah 'n' Osama

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This week Oprah takes on Osama. If you're thinking the Queen of Daytime might bring something soft and fuzzy to the table, no way. She's not telling Osama to keep a dream journal. She's going hard news, for two whole episodes. In fact, she's fearmongering up a storm: What should you be worried about? she demands. Meet the man who met Osama Bin Laden! How vulnerable are we to another attack?!? OMG, is the sky falling?

Coincidentally, litblogger Mark Sarvas takes a look at how Oprah and Osama's book recommendations affect sales rankings. Turns out they both have a lot of bookselling influence.

Could the Oprah-Osama pairing actually be an evil plot by publishers to move product, now that James Frey has slipped from the headlines?