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Oprah Seen as Spiritual Leader

In the fall of 2005, Oprah Winfrey entered her 20th season as the celebrated host of The Oprah Winfrey Show. In those two decades, she has amassed over $1.4 billion, assembled a U.S. television audience of more than 49 million viewers each week (not including her broadcasts in 122 other countries), and informed her viewers on matters ranging from genocide in Rwanda to the best-tasting oatmeal cookies.

According to a 2006 article in USA Today, however, Oprah's influence entered the spiritual realm at the turn of the century: "By the late '90s, Winfrey's focus was ...

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