Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong is more than an illustration of a hero athlete tumbling from the heights. It's also a pivotal moment for a famous media figure trying to climb the ladder back up.
Winfrey's OWN network is showing signs of life after a rocky start, and the Armstrong interview offered a chance for many more viewers to check it out. The former Tour de France cyclist admitted to cheating with performance enhancing drugs throughout his career during the first half of the interview Thursday night. A second part is to air Friday.
The interview ''showcases the No. 1 asset this network has over everybody else - and that's Oprah Winfrey,'' said Erik Logan, co-president of the network with Sheri Solata. It also showcased about everything else; OWN relentlessly advertised its programming on just about every commercial break.
Winfrey, who hosts ''Oprah's Master Class,'' ''Oprah's Life Class'' and a weekly interview show on OWN, attended a real-life television man...