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Rihanna, Brown and Oprah: Assault as a TV topic

Is there anything left in American life that does not ultimately find itself folded, bent and packaged for television? I am thinking about the strange interplay of TV interviews Friday night that will find Chris Brown being interviewed on MTV at 6 p.m. about his assault of former girlfriend, Rihanna, while she talks about the attack at 10 p.m. on ABC with Diane Sawyer. In one sense, I am glad to see the subject of such abuse discussed in a large public forum, but I do not know what lesson young men watching MTV will take about the consequences of such acts when they see Brown still being treated like a rock star hero. While there are issues involved with someone being judged guilty in the media before being found guilty in court, I think perhaps Oprah Winfrey's act of editing Bebe Winans out of her show in response to him being charged with misdemeanor domestic assault might have a greater impact. It shows men that there can be consequences for such acts. Tell me what you think about Brown's apology in this video. Do you think he gets it? Rihanna's TV interview will be one of the topics I'll be talking about as a guest on "Reliable Sources" Sunday at 10 a.m. on CNN.

I'll bet Winans gets it, though, now that he knows someone as powerful as Oprah is willing to make him pay for him alleged abusive actions.


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