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Oprah Plummets in Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ List

Fortune has published a list of the 5o most powerful women in business, featuring Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!’s CEO, on the cover. Mayer has the coveted front of the magazine, but on the list she came in at 14th. The most powerful woman in business (at least according to Fortune) is Ginni Rometty, the president and CEO of IBM. Mayer is the youngest on the list though, so that’s… Something.

One thing that stuck out about Fortune’s list? Oprah grabbed the 11th spot last year, but plummeted all the way down to 50th this year. Yikes. Maybe OWN should broadcast Keeping Up With The Kardashians to gain some viewers.

Here’s a quick look at some of the other women in media that made Fortune’s list:

#45: Gracia Martore, President and CEO, ­Gannett Co.
#46: Laura Lang, CEO, Time Inc.
#48: Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman, NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, Comcast

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Conan O’Brien Has Oprah and Rupert Murdoch Jokes

During TBS’ upfronts, the network’s beacon of hope — Conan O’Brien — took a couple shots at media heavyweights Oprah and Rupert Murdoch. The Huffington Post reports that O’Brien went through fake Craigslist ads and as he did, the pictures of the alleged authors flashed on a screen behind him.

When Oprah popped up, O’Brien said, “For sale: Controlling interest in OWN. $10 or best offer.” Not bad! But we liked the Murdoch zinger better.

With a picture of Murdoch up, O’Brien deadpanned, “Missed connection: You: beautiful, checking your voicemail. Me: goblin-like, selling your voicemail.” Nicely done.

Women Occupy Seven out of The Top 10 Spots in Most Powerful List

Forbes’Most Powerful Celebrity” list is jam packed with women. In fact, women take seven out of the top 10 spots in the magazine’s report, which ranks people according to earnings and fame. Jennifer Lopez takes the number one spot and Oprah — the highest ranking media mogul on the list — is runner-up. Other women rounding out the top 10 include Rihanna (4), Lady Gaga (5), Britney Spears (6), Kim Kardashian (7) and Katy Perry (8).

We’ve seen this “female focused” trend already, when Time’s annual Time 100 list featured 38 women, more than ever before. Does this mean that 2012 is the year of the woman? Are we even allowed to write that considering Forbes counts Kardashian as “powerful?”

Probably not.

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Oprah Bothered by USA Today Headline

Oprah stopped by the “CBS This Morning” set this morning, and during the wide-ranging talk, Oprah said that she is not typically bothered by what is written about her, but a recent USA Today headline did get under her skin.

“I learned this [lesson] from doing ‘The Color Purple’ with Steven Spielberg,” explained Oprah. “At the time he was on the cover of Time magazine. And he said ‘I’m not going to read it.’ And I was like, ‘How could you not read it?’ And he said, ‘Because if you believe all the good stuff, then you have to believe when people write things that are unflattering.’ …But last week I saw one headline that really knocked me off center. It was a USA Today headline that said, ‘Oprah Not Quite Standing on Her Own,’ and I just kind of went, ‘Ohhh..’”

We’re not sure which part of that is more surprising: That Oprah was annoyed by such a tame headline, or that she reads USA Today.

Peter Lauria Thinks It’s Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN

Peter Lauria is not an OWN fan. In the Reuters “Media Bite” segment above, Lauria says what many in the media world are probably thinking: Oprah’s network is a “complete disaster” and should be shut down.

Lauria, amid so many camera cuts that it feels like you’re watching MTV, makes some good points. Time will tell if Oprah listens to the advice or simply has her legions of fans maul him.

O, The Oprah Magazine Has No Love for Stedman

On the right is the April edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. It’s the first food issue, which is a great idea. Everyone wants to know what Oprah cooks, and inside the magazine she explains what she and her longtime partner, Stedman, cook together. It’s a cute little interview in which we learn that Oprah makes Stedman something called a “Love Sandwich.”

“It became the Love Sandwich because I first started making it just for Stedman,” Oprah explains. “I’ve only made it for a couple of other people, so if you’ve had me make the Love Sandwich for you, you have to be somebody I really care about.” Awww! Oprah really does have a strong connection with Stedman.

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Rupert Murdoch Tweets His Way to The Top

Well, we were wrong. We thought that Rupert Murdoch was a boring Twitter user, but according to Reuters, he’s the third most influential executive on the Internet. The most influential is Pete Cashmore, the CEO of Mashable. Oprah takes second place. Murdoch started using Twitter just before the New Year, so a top three spot is impressive.

The rankings are assembled using data from Klout, a service that uses an algorithm to measure how influential someone is on their social networks.

So yeah, we were wrong. For some reason, people love them some Murdoch tweets. But people also love the revamped “Hawaii Five-O,” (Cops in Hawaii! Islands are weird!) so we’ll take this miscalculation with a pound of salt.

O, The Oprah Magazine Without TV Oprah Isn’t Doing So Well

When Oprah stopped her popular talk show last fall, women everywhere fretted over who would tell them what to read and how to feel about their feelings. Not only that, Hearst, the publishing house behind O, The Oprah Magazine, had to deal with the Oprah-less void and its ramifications on the magazine.

According to Adweek, the results haven’t been pretty. During the second half of last year, O’s newsstand sales dropped a hefty 32 percent. That’s way more than the norm for the industry, which saw consumer magazines single sales drop an average of 10 percent.

A rep for O said the economy was to blame, not a noticeable lack of Oprah’s smiling face on TV screens, and it should be noted that subscriptions were up for the magazine by four percent.

However, if things don’t improve O might have to do something drastic, like put someone other than Oprah on the cover for once. The world loves a good controversy!

Patch Columnist Mulls Prospect of ‘Senator Maria Shriver’

An opinion column published today on the San Diego area Poway Patch is not so much ahead of the game as right on top of the new mandate from Arianna Huffington to get more clicks. FishbowlLA can attest to the fact that even several months now after the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal, news items named “Maria” continue to fly off the hit stats sheet.

In defense of Poway pundit Colleen O’Connor, a former college history professor and co-editor of a book about Eleanor Roosevelt, the idea of Maria Shriver running for Dianne Feinstein‘s seat in 2012 is intriguing grist for the Brentwood mill. In the column, O’Connor urges readers to “stay with me here” before listing a baker’s dozen of Maria trump cards, including:

- A Rolodex of Kennedy supporters (Dems) and Schwarzenegger supporters (Reps).

- Roman Catholic in a state which is home to the famous “Reagan Democrats”—aka, Catholics who are the swing bloc voters in most elections.

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