Oprah Winfrey, right, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, during her live television interview with James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces," in Chicago. Winfrey challenged Frey over his disputed memoir during the telecast, asking him to explain why he "felt the need to lie." Frey's story of substance abuse and recovery became one of the best-selling books of 2005 after Winfrey named it to her book club last fall, with countless addicts citing it as inspiration.
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The best and the brightest at the Washington Post and the New York Times fail in their coverage of this fiasco to point to something that ought to be obvious.
A druggie in the course of his/her addiction seriously screws over a staggering number of people, like significant others, spouses, children, friends, neighbors, and even innocent passersby.
And then, a few years later, the druggie gets the bright idea to write a book. Guess what? These books SELL. So he/she makes millions just talking about screwing over a lot of people. In the rehabs they call them "war stories." A glorification of the great days when he/she got away with everything, big time, and there wasn't a damned thing anybody could do about it.
So in effect the druggie's victims get screwed TWICE. It must really astonish them to see their lying, abusive druggie getting so richly rewarded while they sit there, still bleeding, watching Oprah.
Oh. My. God.