Team Assignment #3 – Team 15 – Fake News

Oprah Winfrey Says “I’m running for President”

Oprah Winfrey Says “I’m running for President”

She finally heard the call that she’s been waiting for.

After months of Winfrey shutting down the rumors that she’s running, the Daily Mail can confirm that Oprah is running for president in 2020.

A source close to Winfrey shared with us that she finally heard “the call.”
One year ago, she told People magazine, that she turned to prayer to decide whether to run. She stated, “God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you got to tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it. And I haven’t gotten that.” Fast forward to a year later, and she’s finally heard the call. “She is fed up with what has been going on in our country and now she feels that it is her duty to heal this nation,” the source tells us. (Lauren)

Winfrey believes that her ability to communicate with people is not attributed to her ability as an entertainer, but rather an empathizer. A public relations representative for Winfrey’s OWN network responded to our requests for comments stating “Our country has had our fill of entertainers in office. What our country is truly in need of is a leader who can empathize with each side of the political spectrum, as well as Americans struggling and succeeding.” Supporters believe that as a true ‘rags to riches’ story, Winfrey has the credibility to lead the nation through whatever may arise. Perhaps the biggest test for Winfrey will be convincing the American people that the nation is primed for a female president. However, representatives for Winfrey believe that her candidacy will appeal to a demographic who has been omitted of a candidate that is their own; African-American females. (Cody)

Throughout her numerous years as an entertainer and the voice of countless woman, she has donated to many charities and causes to help African-Americans. In 2013, Winfrey gifted $12 million to the Smithsonian in support of the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This alone with her various other acts of kindness towards the African-American community gives her a huge lead in this demographic, which is a big one up on all other candidates. (Carlos)

Winfrey becoming president would be a monumental achievement for the African-American community, especially for young African-American women. Not only would this bring great inspiration, it will support the idea that they will not have to settle for a 9 to 5 job that they may not enjoy but rather become anything they may dream of.

Sources have also confirmed and acknowledged that Barack Obama will be running for the Vice President position alongside Winfrey. (Josh)
Obama and Winfrey are the dynamic duos this country has been waiting for. Combined, they have the skills, knowledge, and loyal followers to make this actually happen. This is going to be an amazing campaign that will go down in history that everyone will be looking forward to. (Georgina)

Even celebrities have joined the fray in supporting the Winfrey-Obama ticket. Entertainer and recent Oscar winner Lady Gaga, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, showed her support, saying, “It’s about time someone showed our current president how his job is done. Oprah is an inspiring orator and if you combine that with President Obama’s charm and political experience they are a winning combination!” Gaga shall be performing at their first campaign fundraiser later this month, where Oprah will conduct it like her successful television show, complete with guests and free prizes for attendees. (Colin)

We wrote this article based on last year’s rumor about Oprah running for president. There was an onslaught speculation that she would definitely run after her Golden Globes acceptance speech, where she criticized the charged racial and gender rhetoric that the current President Donald Trump’s administration has at times escalated. Oprah further dismissed her 2020 candidacy, but it’s been rumored that she is “actively thinking” about it. Our rhetorical appeal is ethos and pathos, ethos being how we used quotes from well known sources to prove its credibility and pathos on how we mention her overall inspiration and kindness towards young women and the African-American community. Our intended audiences are mainly women unhappy with Trump’s presidency, a variety of African-Americans, and millenials. The “hook” to lure in readers is in our headline that states “Oprah Winfrey says ‘I’m running for President’.” We grabbed reader’s attention by picking a topic that’s relevant, everyone who has heard last years rumor would definitely be interested in this article. (Georgina)

Editor: Georgina Stamper


Great images, well-done, excellent work! I’m not sure who is responsible for the images but overall very good writing style and incorporating ideas/concepts from readings.


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