Oprah Winfrey is tasking 900 graduating students at the Univesity of Southern California with an important responsibility.
The Queen of all media delivered an inspiring commencement speech for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism graduating class on Friday.
“I want to get the bad news out first,” Winfrey said. “Everything around us, including and in particular, the internet and social media, are now being used to erode trust in our institutions, interfere in our elections and wreak havoc on our infrastructure.”
“There really is a solution,” she continued. “Because you will become the new editorial gatekeepers to strike out deceit. You all are the ones who will keep those people in check. You can answer false narratives by setting the record straight.”
Winfrey, 64, expressed the importance of keeping the truth alive. “Your job now is to take everything you’ve learned here to challenge the left, the right, and the centre,” she explained. “When you see something, you say something, and you say it with the facts to back it up. The truth has always been and always be our shield against corruption.”
“The rumours from my last big speech have finally died down… Vote! Pay attention to the people who claim to represent you and your values,” concluded Winfrey.
Oh, but not before offering some conventional advice: “Pay your bills on time, make your bed, put your phone away at the dinner table, and get a good mattress — your back will thank you.”