Oprah Winfrey, talk show giant and Barack Obama groupie, has been duped again, along with a book publisher and agent.

First there was James Frey, and now Herman and Roma Rosenblat, who yanked tears from the faces of many an Oprahbot with their touching tale of meeting at a Nazi concentration camp, who were then separated, only to meet again decades later and get married. It was a great story. It was heartwarming. It was… a hoax.

Said the Rosenblats literary agent Andrea Hurst, “I question why I never questioned it. I believed it; it was an incredible, hope-filled story.”

Ah, “hope,” that wonderful word we’ve been hearing with increasing frequency for the past couple of years. Hey, what’s wrong with “hope”? Hope can never be a bad thing, can it? Yes it can, but only if it makes Oprah look like an ass.

After James Frey’s book turned out to be a lie, Oprah said she felt “duped” and that Frey “betrayed millions of readers.” But his story gave us such hope! I don’t get it. We’ve had it engrained in our brains that “hope” is all we need! What gives?

Liberalism is an “intent-based” life philosophy, meaning that the outcome takes a back seat to the perceived motivation behind that outcome. In the case of the Rosenblats, that motivation was to “bring happiness and hope to people.” So what’s the big deal? Any good liberal will tell you that the intent is all that matters.

Oprah has fallen for a couple of big “hope-filled” hoaxes in the past couple of years, so in case she wonders why some of us took her enthusiastic Obama endorsement with less than a grain of salt, maybe now she knows why.

Not that Obama is a hoaxer or anything — I’m certainly willing to give him a fair shake. It’s just that in politics, there are far more Rosenblats and Freys than I care to count — so I’m only playing the odds when it comes to “hope” in Washington, DC.

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