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(Deadline)   In a desperate attempt to secure ratings, OWN announces it will stretch Oprah's interview with Lance Armstrong across two nights, this Thursday and Friday, which means we won't get the admission until Friday   ( deadline.com) divider line
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2013-01-15 11:59:07 AM  
Well, i suppose that will bring the numbers of days with zero viewership to 363.
 
2013-01-15 11:59:52 AM  
Like you needed this to know he was guilty?
 
2013-01-15 12:00:12 PM  
'Pwned, Oprah watching newbs.
 
2013-01-15 12:01:10 PM  
I'm still trying to figure out why she thought starting her own network was such a good idea.
 
2013-01-15 12:01:39 PM  
As if he could become a bigger piece of shiat. Wonder what kind of check he cashed for this lame half-assed apology crap? And don't tell me how much money he has. Whether you have a hundred million or a hundred thousand it's about the cash flow - his stopped almost entirely and quite abrupty.
 
2013-01-15 12:04:58 PM  

JohnBigBootay: As if he could become a bigger piece of shiat. Wonder what kind of check he cashed for this lame half-assed apology crap? And don't tell me how much money he has. Whether you have a hundred million or a hundred thousand it's about the cash flow - his stopped almost entirely and quite abrupty.


Actually, Oprah is known to not pay for interviews.
 
2013-01-15 12:05:41 PM  
Wow, I did not see him actually admitting it at this point. Why would you do that? why would your PR people LET you do that? What's the over/under on the Defenders of LanceTM admitting they were wrong? I will set the number at 5 and take the under.

//I have nothing against people who defended him, just that I know how hard it is to come into thread after thread propping up something, then have to admit you were wrong later. Of course, I was only touting the Packers going 19-0 and/or winning the Super Bowl last year. This has been going on for years.
 
2013-01-15 12:05:43 PM  

Flappyhead: I'm still trying to figure out why she thought starting her own network was such a good idea.


Apparently, the ratings are starting to rise somewhat now. They're still low, but the Discovery Health jokes have stopped.

/woo new season of Our America
 
2013-01-15 12:11:51 PM  

Buttknuckle: Actually, Oprah is known to not pay for interviews.


How is she at tipping?
 
2013-01-15 12:28:57 PM  
JohnBigBootay: As if he could become a bigger piece of shiat. Wonder what kind of check he cashed for this lame half-assed apology crap? And don't tell me how much money he has. Whether you have a hundred million or a hundred thousand it's about the cash flow - his stopped almost entirely and quite abrupty.

He probably didn't get anything substantial from Oprah, if he got anything at all. I think the main reason he chose Oprah is because he can expect to get softball questions from a woman with no journalistic background who has spent her entire career on nothing but fluff. Lance's best chance to come out of this with even a modicum of sympathy is to be able to take over the interview and reframe the questions in the words that his publicists and team have carefrully crafted for him. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he got the questions ahead of time, as well.
 
2013-01-15 12:29:59 PM  
Raised over 300 million to fight cancer. I don' really care if he admits that part of his training regimen was eating a sack of kittens every morning.
 
2013-01-15 12:32:35 PM  

rtaylor92: Raised over 300 million to fight cancer. I don' really care if he admits that part of his training regimen was eating a sack of kittens every morning.


Kittens are mostly gristle.
 
2013-01-15 12:33:33 PM  
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2013-01-15 12:35:27 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: He probably didn't get anything substantial from Oprah, if he got anything at all. I think the main reason he chose Oprah is because he can expect to get softball questions from a woman with no journalistic background who has spent her entire career on nothing but fluff. Lance's best chance to come out of this with even a modicum of sympathy is to be able to take over the interview and reframe the questions in the words that his publicists and team have carefrully crafted for him. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he got the questions ahead of time, as well.


Yeah. Makes sense. I believe she already said she didn't get what she thought she'd get. What we have here is a two hour Lance Armstrong Does Not Suck as Bad as they say He Does infomercial in advance of the feds joining the Floyd Landis lawsuit.
 
2013-01-15 12:38:45 PM  

rtaylor92: Raised over 300 million to fight raise awareness of cancer.


Fixed. I happened to already know about cancer but snark aside I think it's a decent charity. Though I think they should have done a better job of separating the for profit livestrong from the charity livestrong. And it should have been disclosed lance was being paid on a lot of those fundraising rides.
 
2013-01-15 12:40:35 PM  
wow, that takes balls
 
2013-01-15 12:42:20 PM  
Still wont get me to watch it.

Whether he admits it or not, don't care. At this point, let any athlete inject rats congealed anus droppings in their bodies if they want. Entertain the masses at any cost to your body.
 
2013-01-15 12:55:33 PM  
I wonder if she'll get Lance to shed any tears? Cheater or not, that guy is one tough bastard. I'm guessing that he won't, but Oprah is certainly going to try. "How did you admit to your mother that you were doping?" "Since all the negative publicity has started coming out, how are your kids dealing with all of this?"
 
2013-01-15 12:59:00 PM  
That sound you hear is the death of television.
 
2013-01-15 12:59:35 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: a woman with no journalistic background


From her CV:
OPRAH WINFREY. Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.A., 29 January 1954. Educated at Tennessee State University, B.A. in Speech and Drama, 1987. Began career as news reporter for WVOL Radio, Nashville, 1971-72; reporter, news anchorperson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, 1973-76; news anchorperson, WJZ-TV, Baltimore, 1976-77; host, morning talk show, People Are Talking, 1977-83; host, talk show, WLS-TV, Chicago, 1984; host, The Oprah Winfrey Show, locally broadcast in Chicago, 1985-86, nationally syndicated, since 1986;

so... yeah. Tons of journalistic background.


/And Lance... after lying for so long, I can't believe the truth!
//[its still real to me.jpg]
 
2013-01-15 01:00:22 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: JohnBigBootay: As if he could become a bigger piece of shiat. Wonder what kind of check he cashed for this lame half-assed apology crap? And don't tell me how much money he has. Whether you have a hundred million or a hundred thousand it's about the cash flow - his stopped almost entirely and quite abrupty.

He probably didn't get anything substantial from Oprah, if he got anything at all. I think the main reason he chose Oprah is because he can expect to get softball questions from a woman with no journalistic background who has spent her entire career on nothing but fluff. Lance's best chance to come out of this with even a modicum of sympathy is to be able to take over the interview and reframe the questions in the words that his publicists and team have carefrully crafted for him. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he got the questions ahead of time, as well.


Give her a little credit - she was a TV news anchor back in the 70s. Not sure if that counts as "journalism" but she didn't do the Donahue thing until the 80s.

/check out her life story - rather impressive woman
 
2013-01-15 01:01:12 PM  
Oprah got political and half of her audience disappeared. She deserves that.

She was already a billionaire, or close to it. She will be OK. That's a lot of potato chips.
 
2013-01-15 01:04:25 PM  
I feel like I'm in the minority here but with all the other stuff going on in the country today, why should I care about a guy who rides bikes for a living?
/grumpy and gloomy today
//still ,why is this thenews story of the day today?
 
2013-01-15 01:05:00 PM  
Give her a little credit - she was a TV news anchor back in the 70s. Not sure if that counts as "journalism" but she didn't do the Donahue thing until the 80s.

/check out her life story - rather impressive woman


I stand corrected, I didn't realize she had actually worked in journalism before hitting the talk show circuit. Still, I imagine her interrogation will more resemble a kindergarten teacher asking little Johnny if he put his mouth on the faucet, rather than a DOJ lawyer or Mike Wallace.

Now that Larry King is off the air, people like Armstrong need to go elsewhere to get softballs lobbed at them, so Oprah isn't a bad consolation prize.
 
2013-01-15 01:08:48 PM  

gittlebass: wow, that takes balls


Fixed.
 
2013-01-15 01:13:34 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Now that Larry King is off the air, people like Armstrong need to go elsewhere to get softballs lobbed at them, so Oprah isn't a bad consolation prize.


Now, now, Barbara Walters is still around.
 
2013-01-15 01:25:15 PM  

Gosling: Why Would I Read the Article: Now that Larry King is off the air, people like Armstrong need to go elsewhere to get softballs lobbed at them, so Oprah isn't a bad consolation prize.

Now, now, Barbara Walters is still around.


So is Diane Sawyer
 
2013-01-15 01:46:43 PM  
So now he'll slink off into disgraced obscurity , right?
 
2013-01-15 02:28:23 PM  
You know, I don't care too much about the PED's - I never watched cycling, and apparently the % of participants using PEDs is overwhelming. I suspect that in 25 years we as a society will look at the whole PED issue in a different way than we do now.

What I do have a problem with is Armstrong's aggressive campaign against anyone who called him out on the PED use. He's obtained libel judgments and engaged in campaigns designed to ruin people's reputations for saying what he apparently now admits to be true. That's a very different order of magnitude from the actions of McGwire, Clemens, Bonds, Marion Jones, etc. Even Palmiero never went further than wagging his finger at congress.
 
2013-01-15 02:31:24 PM  

Willas Tyrell: ***snip***


We're not here to talk about the past, have sexual relations with that woman.
 
2013-01-15 02:44:27 PM  
Just when you think he couldn't be more of a douche, let's make this into "The Decision" x 2 days.
 
2013-01-15 02:47:51 PM  

rtaylor92: Raised over 300 million to fight cancer.


Hey - someone who thinks every dollar raised by a charity goes directly to the cause.

Hell, the CEO even said that Livestrong was about "hope," rather than actually fighting cancer. He makes a point of separating the two. Which is fine...except for the people like you who donate thinking that it's actually going to research.

Link

Since 2005, Livestrong has spent little money on cancer research
The organization has instead focused on its role as a support system for those affected by cancer. But the perception that the money goes to science lingers, everywhere from 60 Minutes and the New York Times to the guy at Radio Shack who's trying to get you to buy a yellow bracelet.

"We are all about people," Livestrong CEO Doug Ulman, like Armstrong, a cancer survivor himself, told Gifford. "Most organizations are about the disease. They're about trying to solve a disease, and we are about trying to improve the lives of people that are battling the disease.... What can we do today to improve their lives? As opposed to saying we'll fund research that in 15 years might help somebody live a little longer."
...
And Livestrong spends a good chunk of money on marketing the organization
Gifford poured over financial reports and found that of $60 million in spending, $4.2 million went straight to advertising. He also draws attentions to Livestrong's partnership with "content farm" Demand Media-which runs livestrong.com, as opposed to livestrong.org-and its for-profit status.

Gifford also raised questions about Armstrong's personal financial benefit from certain projects, and Livestrong's spending on such things as public relations and 2009's Global Cancer Summitt. But he also noted that the group currently gets good ratings from charity evaluators and that board member Mark McKinnon's assertion that the organization is mostly about "hope" has merit.
 
2013-01-15 02:49:36 PM  
 
2013-01-15 03:06:48 PM  
Ball up and let Bob Costas interview you.
 
2013-01-15 03:15:23 PM  

I'm shocked anyone can ride a bike up a hill WITHOUT steroids. That shiat is hard!

- Will Sasso (@WillSasso) January 15, 2013
 
2013-01-15 03:53:19 PM  

funk_soul_bubby: I'm shocked anyone can ride a bike up a hill WITHOUT steroids. That shiat is hard!- Will Sasso (@WillSasso) January 15, 2013

Wait a minute, there's no ramps? Can I get some points or something?

-Bomani Jones

 
2013-01-15 04:07:36 PM  
Breaking news:

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2013-01-15 04:20:33 PM  
We subby? No, not we. We have better things to do then this garbage, like post snarky bullshiat in this thread.
 
2013-01-15 04:35:10 PM  

rbaron71: Breaking news:

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OOh, that gives me an idea for a sitcom. So, Lance the pariah can't compete for money in the future and no US sponsors will have him. But the people of Dubai still love him so he appears there frequently for appearance fees. Still though, it's a far cry from his former income so while he's over in Dubai he always picks up a bunch of fancy rugs which he brings back to sell in Austin at "Armstrong Used Rugs". Get Hollywood on the line - I think this thing has potential.
 
2013-01-15 05:02:35 PM  

JohnBigBootay: rbaron71: ***snip***

OOh, that gives me an idea for a sitcom. So, Lance the pariah can't compete for money in the future and no US sponsors will have him. But the people of Dubai still love him so he appears there frequently for appearance fees. Still though, it's a far cry from his former income so while he's over in Dubai he always picks up a bunch of fancy rugs which he brings back to sell in Austin at "Armstrong Used Rugs". Get Hollywood on the line - I think this thing has potential.


Wasn't that the plot of "Joey"?
 
2013-01-15 05:29:17 PM  
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2013-01-15 05:31:44 PM  

roc6783: Wow, I did not see him actually admitting it at this point. Why would you do that? why would your PR people LET you do that? What's the over/under on the Defenders of LanceTM admitting they were wrong? I will set the number at 5 and take the under.

//I have nothing against people who defended him, just that I know how hard it is to come into thread after thread propping up something, then have to admit you were wrong later. Of course, I was only touting the Packers going 19-0 and/or winning the Super Bowl last year. This has been going on for years.


I have no trouble admitting I was wrong. That said, I liked that it stuck in the craw of a bunch of frogs that a guy that had beaten cancer ripped the shiat out of them in the Tour de France for approximately a decade. That and from what I hear, so many are doping in the cycling world that it's like pulling people over for speeding at the Indy 500.

Also, he must have been a pretty good cheat to get away with it for so long, despite the scrutiny. Oh well.
 
2013-01-15 05:32:54 PM  

Flappyhead: I'm still trying to figure out why she thought starting her own network was such a good idea.


Because the first one she launched was bought for 925 million dollars.
 
2013-01-15 05:34:04 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Give her a little credit - she was a TV news anchor back in the 70s. Not sure if that counts as "journalism" but she didn't do the Donahue thing until the 80s.

/check out her life story - rather impressive woman

I stand corrected, I didn't realize she had actually worked in journalism before hitting the talk show circuit. Still, I imagine her interrogation will more resemble a kindergarten teacher asking little Johnny if he put his mouth on the faucet, rather than a DOJ lawyer or Mike Wallace.

Now that Larry King is off the air, people like Armstrong need to go elsewhere to get softballs lobbed at them, so Oprah isn't a bad consolation prize.


Begin the thawing of Dick Cavett! Wait, he's STILL ALIVE???
 
2013-01-15 06:07:47 PM  

Fano: That said, I liked that it stuck in the craw of a bunch of frogs that a guy that had beaten cancer ripped the shiat out of them in the Tour de France for approximately a decade.


You sound well informed on this case, in which the french cycling union's drug testing program is alleged to have been complicit with Armstrong in circumventing their testing. Oh, and it was a US drug testing authority which finally nailed him against the protests of the french body. Oh, and Armstrong is huge cycling buddies with the recently former president of France. Oh, and Armstrong 'donated' a bunch of money to the french cycling union that ran the testing program. So, yeah, he just 'ripped the shiat out of them'... somewhat in the fashion of a pitcher making a donation to the umpire just prior to throwing a perfect game. All the games armstrong won were rigged. He knew when the tests were coming, because the people doing the testing told him.
 
2013-01-15 06:21:46 PM  

Fano: roc6783: **snip**

I have no trouble admitting I was wrong.

**snip**


Everything after that seems like a dodge of your wrongness, so I disagree, you do seem to have trouble admitting you were wrong.
 
2013-01-15 06:33:57 PM  

roc6783: Fano: roc6783: **snip**

I have no trouble admitting I was wrong.

**snip**

Everything after that seems like a dodge of your wrongness, so I disagree, you do seem to have trouble admitting you were wrong.


Nope, I was stating the reasons why I wished it were true. It isn't, so there we are.
 
2013-01-15 06:57:34 PM  
He's been hiding the truth since his first Tour de France win, so two extra days won't make much of a difference.
 
2013-01-15 08:25:05 PM  
My favorite part of this whole story were the people who altered their "Livestrong" bracelets to read "Lie" or "Liestrong".

Really?

Sheesh. Wait 'til these people find out we killed Bin Laden.
 
2013-01-15 08:46:13 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: My favorite part of this whole story were the people who altered their "Livestrong" bracelets to read "Lie" or "Liestrong".

Really?

Sheesh. Wait 'til these people find out we killed Bin Laden.


I prefer to make them say LOVE STRONG... it's very romantic for the ladies.
 
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