First aired on September 8, 1986, nationally syndicated talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show (O) became a PR phenomenon, granting anyone who appeared on it, instant fame and notoriety. It became known for its “Oprah Effect,” turning the everyday into overnight sensations.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore marked a moment in time where filmmakers leveraged the power of film to expose political, economic and social injustices in American society. Accountability became an inevitability for corporations and government.
Princess Diana’s death put the news media on trial as many blamed them for creating the market and incentive that led to her death. Amidst the wall-to-wall coverage, the media was put in the dichotomous position of reporting a story in which they had become a part of.