Remember Vicki Polin, the Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) survivor, who was interviewed in 1989 on the Oprah show? Polin told her story of being raised in a Jewish family that engaged in human sacrifice and cannibalism going back as far as the 1700's. She also stated that there are other Jewish families across the country that engage in these rituals. Polin was recently honored as a Jewish Community Hero by the Jewish Federations of North America for her work with Jewish survivors of sexual and ritual abuse.
This segment almost cost Oprah her job. She was taken to task by David Letterman, among others. Because of Letterman's actions, she stopped speaking to him and kept her distance for the next 16 years.
After the show, Harpo productions received thousands of calls expressing outrage. Harriet Brady (nee Bookey) who was well connected with the Jewish community in Chicago offered to help Oprah. Within hours she was on the phone to her good friend Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, a federal judge whose contacts extended into every segment of society. A meeting was arranged at Brady's condo with local Jewish leaders.
Oprah was sufficiently contrite and vowed never again to broadcast a show on devil worship. She agreed to reach out to B’nai B’rith, which fights anti-Semitism and racism, whenever her show focused on those subjects, and she promised to exercise better judgment in selecting her guests.