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The Bill O’Reilly of Canada Ambushes Chris Hedges

Posted on Oct 9, 2011

The Truthdig columnist defends the Occupy Wall Street movement against an irksome personality on Canadian television who makes friendly with comments like: “Listen, don’t take this the wrong way, but you sound like a left-wing nutbar.”

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By saan, October 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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For a legitimate criticism of Hedges read this article:

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By Nadine Lumley, October 19, 2011 at 6:55 am Link to this comment
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???  Working hard since Feb. 2010 to get the word out to Canada about our Crime Minister / Prime Spender Stealin’ Harper.  ???  Google discussion group of Canadians:  (CRUSH) Canadians Rallying to Unseat Steve Harper ???  Also they run a website called:  unseatHarper dot ca ?  We talk, share newstories and help each other understand the lies told to us by Harper, his unelected backroom goons, the billionaire-owned mass-media, and fake polls.  ???  Steve HarperCon:  Government of One ???

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By Nadine Lumley, October 19, 2011 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
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Sign the I Love CBC Petition:

We love the CBC Rally


repost from Emily Dee:  Public broadcasting, belongs to us, the public, and CBC is no doubt looking to the public to save them.

But where were the CBC when we needed saving from the neocons?


I will sign a petition to keep the CBC alive, but only on the condition that they start acting like a “public” institution, and not another Harper communication vehicle.

We need a program warning Canadians of our Religious Right, especially since most of them are American based.  We need a program promoting progressive ideas.  We need a program raising awareness to the income disparity that is hurting the most vulnerable in our society.

If the CBC can provide that kind of programming, I’m in.  If not, count me out.


Repost from XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX – Re CBC - I don’t agree with those who are blaming CBC for getting the Cons elected, etc.  I know people who work at a couple of different CBC stations and the inside story - which they can’t reveal - is awful.  Ever since Steve’ guy took over, the pressure on them has been enormous!  You’ve noticed, for example Evan being not only front and centre, but now promoted!  Evan?!  That’s all coming down from HarpCons.

Every person who works there is absolutely walking on eggs almost all the time - unless they’ve been Harper-apptd.  There have been tons of “unexpected” lay-offs and “disappearances” of staff who tried to buck the system or to report differently.  From all the CBC people I know, in fact - under the dreadful circumstances and incredible pressures in which they find themselves for the past few years, increasingly since pre-election - they have managed to keep doing a pretty good job, imo - all things considered.  They still are mostly really trying and they still do better than anyone else we have.  There are definitely two sides to this story - so I’m just mentioning the other side.

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By chaim, October 18, 2011 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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By 2lateforanythingbutoptimism, October 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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I was one of the people that contacted the ombudsman at CBC after Mr. Hedges
was attacked by Kevin O’Leary. I have to say that I was outraged that they thought
that a private apology by the producer was in any way acceptable. It was not only
Mr. Hedges that was damaged by the attack but also all of the viewers that
watched the show and now think that it is acceptable to behave that way to a
guest. It is a slippery slope that leads to tampering with a missing 13 year old
girl’s voice mail in order to sell news. I am embarrassed that we are going to let
this slide. I do not recognize my country anymore or the CBC that is our national,
taxpayer-funded network. O’Leary violated the CBC’s code of ethics, but I guess
ethics aren’t important if you are selling news. I for one sincerely apologize to you
Mr. Hedges. Most Canadians do not think that what O’Leary did was anything less
than disgusting.

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By Alex B, October 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment
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I want to add my voice to the many many Canadians that
are outraged and sick to see the way Kevin O’Leary
treated Mr. Hedges.

As is made obvious in the clip, Kevin is an idiot and a
really poor human being.

Please don’t abandon the CBC, this stain on the CBC is
bad but the network is not an emulation of Fox News and
our country needs more articulate, intelligent people
like Chris Hedges.

I know in private CBC has apologized to you but please
accept an apology from a random Canadian, O’Leary doesn’t speak for me and it would be a shame to not have
you on Canadian news.

Feel a little pity for Canada, the conservative virus
that has engulfed the U.S. is seeping into Canada (and
Australia), we need your help more than ever!

P.S. avoid Sun news here, they are the Fox news of
Canada and so far no one takes them seriously.

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By Carl Quinlan, October 15, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges did an admirable job in getting his points across. O’Leary seemed to realize he’d made an ass of himself, and tried to tone down the insults after the “nutbar” comment. We need more of Mr. Hedges on TV and less of O’Leary/O’Reilly. Their kind is already over-represented on the airwaves, while intelligent speakers like Mr. Hedges are few and far between.

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By John Collis, October 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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As a Canadian, I am very much ashamed of Mr. O’Leary’s treatment of Mr. Hedges and the issues at hand.  I despair that Canada is becoming, more and more everyday, and extension of the US corporate oligarchy.

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By Flora, October 14, 2011 at 9:52 am Link to this comment

This was posted today on the Ombudsman’s page:

There is room at the inn for a range of views, but there is no room for
name-calling a guest.
At the very least, suggesting Hedges was a “nutbar” undermined what
was likely a more interesting discussion. At worst, it permitted The Lang
& O’Leary Exchange to be criticized as no different than the all-heat, no-
light discussion shows that diminish discourse, far from the ambitions of
a flagship business program on a public broadcaster.
O’Leary might have been genuinely curious about Hedges’ views, but his
opening salvo only fed contempt, which breached policy. When O’Leary
asked Hedges “don’t take this the wrong way,” it came across as
disingenuous and begged the question: Is there a “right way” to take
being called a nutbar?
Correctly and quickly, CBC News concluded it was unacceptable for
O’Leary to do what he did. Its private apology to Hedges was a
responsible gesture, as was its discussion with O’Leary about the
inappropriateness of the name-calling.
What was unclear was why the program would stop there and not
acknowledge this also to the audience. Only the guest received the
benefit of the private apology, from the programmer and not the
principal himself.
When CBC News acknowledges error, I believe that closure is better
achieved and accountability better demonstrated by communicating that
to the audience and not simply to the correspondents. In this instance it
would help fulfill the spirit of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices, a
substantial policy which in principle embraces the public element of its

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By gmdes, October 14, 2011 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

Chris, as a proud Canadian, I am so sorry. O’Leary
irritates me too.

To be fair, he has lived in a small-business ghetto
for too long, then became an instant multi-
millionaire (with luck - like all who have become
rich and are honest will acknowledge, but which he
believes is due to his finely attuned business
acumen), and now is nothing more than entertainment
(shows: Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank) as he shoots off
his mouth with a god-complex posing as a mammon-guru.

The only issue he understands and can “discuss”
(unshamelessly with concern only for Kevin O’Leary)
are, as he likes to say, “MONEY!” The man has no
real-life, global, other-culture, genuine human
reality experience like yourself and so cannot grasp
an alternate perspective.

I agree with you that we are at a crossroads and,
like your first chapter in your latest book is
entitled, “It’s not going to be OK.” History is about
to repeat itself - again. Keep up the good work!

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By blogdog, October 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

I received this reply from CBC’s
Ombudsman today,

yeah, me too - urge everyone you know view the clip write the Ombudsman and
ask the O’Leary be yanked

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By Arwen, October 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

I received this reply from CBC’s
Ombudsman today, in response to
my complaint about O’Leary’s
unwarranted and unprofessional
insult to Chris Hedges:

“I write to acknowledge receipt
of your e-mail, which I have
shared with senior information
programmers so that they may be
aware of your concerns.

As a result of a similar
complaint, I am conducting a
review of this matter.  It will
be posted to my website in the
next few days: (under


Kirk LaPointe
CBC Ombudsman”

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By cortesislander, October 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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I absolutely agree that the CBC and O’Leary owe Hedges an apology and invitation to return.  What follows here is an email I sent to CBC feedback:

Hi there,

  I very rarely comment on the CBC - in general I love the institution and shows.  I almost exclusively listen to radio, but occasionally watch clips from the television shows on the internet.

  Following the #occupywallstreet movement, I found the interview with Chris Hedges by Keven O’Leary extremely disappointing.  It seems that Kevin O’Leary is representative of the ignorant, blind, fearful, corporate-mindedness that is tearing the world apart at the moment and it was reflected in his part of the interview with Chris Hedges.  The voice of O’Leary, prominent as it may be in the business world, has no place in the realm of respectful discussion of current events in the world of public broadcasting.

  The CBC is a public service and has a duty and responsibilty to bring enlightening perspectives into public view.  If, at such a crucial time of understanding, ill-minded, derogatory interviewers make truly intelligent commentators such as Chris Hedges feel unwelcome on the CBC, then I very much feel it is O’Leary and NOT Chris Hedges who must find alternate outlets for their voice.  Chris Hedges and voices of people like him are needed more, not less, in public debate, and having hosts (and decision-makers in management) with the small-mindedness of O’Leary turn me away from seeing value in what you, as a corporation, do.  Please live up to your position, it is important!

  I listened to an interview with Chris Hedges on Michael Enright’s program, The Sunday Edition.  It was a great example of how to conduct an interview.  Perhaps O’Leary can learn a lesson or two in respectful interviewing so as not to not waste valuable space and time on public on public airwaves.

Thanks very much for reading and I appreciate what you are trying to do.  Please always live up to the best in yourself and what you do!

Regards, ...

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By bobo4u, October 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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People like O’Leary make me want to re-evaluate the idea of taking a non-violent
stance. Some people really do deserve to be kicked in the nuts.

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By andy - brighton, October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment
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Bought and paid for, whether he realises it or not.

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By Flora, October 13, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

I have also send a letter to the CBC Ombudsman about this disgraceful
‘interview’. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
Thanks for the contact info.
Nova Scotia

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By Varga, October 13, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges,
The sentiment has more than adequately been represented here but I still feel the need to ask you to reconsider being on the CBC again. O’leary does NOT represent the usual professionalism associated with interviews such as yours on CBC and should not affect your view of the CBC or Canadian journalism in general. O’leary is a perfect example of how media has become more about ratings than reporting and you said it best in your reference to Fox News. He really had no business conducting the interview and should be kept to his sensationalism on his other show Dragon’s Den where his stupidity and total ignorance can be seen and used to show what character (or lack thereof) he really has. I have given him the benefit of the doubtin the past, as I am glaringly leftist but believe that ALL aspects of the political spectrum deserve their representatives. This latest exchange, however, shows exactly what is wrong with the political divisions in our country and yours; the disregard of what the “other side” says without a rational dialogue. You were automatically discreditted and insulted because you spoke on issues that somewhat supported the Left and I give you utmost credit for clarifying your position rationally while being attacked by this bafoon. I know you are intelligent enough to not paint Canadians, in general, with this experience but the CBC should also be given another chance because this was a mistake from the get go and I assure you I and others will be contacting the CBC regarding this ridiculous display of Kevin O’Leary.

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By Canadian03, October 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

Join me in registering a complaint with CBC’s ombudsman about the interviewer’s personal insult toward a CBC guest.

Let them know that you are especially disappointed that the guest would not want to come back (Hedges concluded with: “this will be the last time.”)

As a public broadcaster, CBC guests are ‘our’ guests and CBC should immediately ask Hedges back for an interview with one of its better interviewers.

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By LS888, October 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

Hello, another Canadian of many who were not pleased with that supposed interview. I sent the following to the CBC which, it is obvious, echoes the thoughts and feelings of many of us.

I was very much looking forward to watching the Chris Hedges interview on the Lang & O’Leary Exchange although, for a variety of reasons, I never watch that show nor any other show with O’Leary.
The interview was painful to watch, embarrassing and plain awful except for Hedges’s smarts. I don’t blame him one bit for saying he will never do that again. And I hope the CBC bigwigs understand the seriousness of what was totally wrong with that interview.
O’Leary’s typical combative attitude and abuse wasted time with a man whose views I wanted to hear. It’s not as if O’Leary was astute in coming up with intelligent, insightful questions to bring out some opposing viewpoint.
He is not even funny, if he’s supposed to be funny. He showed himself to be even worse than his normal, abusive, ignorant, yet somehow full-of-himself, self. This is the type we never used to have on Canadian TV except for Don Cherry in sports, which isn’t serious TV, or in comedies as the butt of the humour. He adds nothing towards civilized debate or forwarding of issues. He isn’t funny in his persona of combative rudeness; it’s not enjoyable to watch this low standard of human behaviour. Plus, there used to be a phrase, you can disagree without being disagreeable. Obviously he never learned that.
O’Leary, and the CBC, should write sincere letters of apology to Mr. Hedges. I will be apologizing and letting him know I am one of many Canadians who was appalled and embarrassed by O’Leary and am very sorry that a once quality station employs such a person for supposed serious interviews.
I also hope that whoever thinks this kind of rude, obnoxious TV is good TV changes their minds very quickly. Because even if this gets good ratings by catering to the lowest common denominator, this is not what CBC, as “Canada"s” television, should be promoting.
Sincerly, etc.

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By Psychobabbler, October 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

Nut bar? Like a payday?

That guy was like a badger. Badgers always have the symptoms of rabies.

I like to think of myself as a Snickers.

Canada is not the main source of this infection.

Total!!!!!! Donald Trump and Fox Newsish!

That man is all Nougatish like a right wing “nothing burger” 3musketeers bar.

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By NeilDA, October 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

Get this show off the air -!/groups/290326374328343/

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By Robert Dall, October 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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Chris Please don’t judge the rest of Canada (or the CBC) on what O’Leary had to

He shouldn’t even be interviewing people… As he only listens to himself!

We appreciate your comments up here in the great white north and hope to hear
more from you!

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By spiritrising, October 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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Like many of the comments about the interview, I too am
Canadian and I too am ashamed that Mr. Hedges had to go
through such ridiculous treatment.
Mr. Hedges, you are not only able to tell the truth but
you do so in such poetic and enlightened language that
even though the truth is bleak, you encourage me to pay
attention, to be respectful towards those who I
disagree with, to be more curious, and to value
everyone around me.
I am incredibly thankful to you. I will be letting the
CBC know my displeasure. I am looking forward to
occupying Bay St. here in Toronto.

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By Stewart Bowland, October 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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As so many other Canadians have already said, I’m embarrassed by O’Leary’s
mistreatment of Mr Hedges. On behalf of the vast majority of Canadians Mr Hedges,
please accept our apology. We need articulate people speaking truth to power. Please
speak to and for our rights as often as possible. Thank you.

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By soulcakeduck, October 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Thank you for the professional, calm, and informative
interview, Mr. Hedges. It is rare to so skillfully
communicate ideas, especially under this kind of
duress. Excellent work.

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By Paul, October 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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Good job Chris.

It’s a shame you can’t talk sense to people like that.  Mind-lock seems to be one of our biggest challenges.

Keep up the great work

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By Night-Gaunt, October 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

They just don’t understand that this bushwhack tactic is bad. Instead of letting your guest say their piece you haul out a gad fly to mess it up. Even when they don’t have anything intelligent to say they will say something inflammatory. It is just wrong, it isn’t fair at all.

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By Doug Loonies, October 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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I really like Chris Hedges, and really agree with his arguments, both in this live interview, and on his weekly column. However it was funny that he was caught like a deer in headlights when this happened. Of course we can’t expect him to be following the latest Canadian reality shows, but if he had, he would have known like the rest of us, that while he merrily crossed this bridge of the interview, beneath it lurked the ghastly troll O’Leary.

The reasonable question posed by the first interviewer “tell us what you think
, and then just the disdainful ridicule by O’Leary as the second “question” was exactly what those of us familiar with this imp expected, and caused a bit of a chuckle. By this of course I refer to when O’Leary described the protest of unemployed, under-employed, and marginalized people, as “a few guys with a guitar, nobody knows that they’re talking about, real ‘low-budget’ stuff”...

Little did Hedges know he was not invited on to discuss the issues at hand, but to be publicly flogged in much the same manner as happens on the “Dragon’s Den” to an inept entrepreneur, or at the end of an episode of “The Apprentice”, to the unlucky contestant evicted from the show that week. 

I don’t know what Hedges could have done, maybe just end the interview in disgust right when he realized the twigs and branches had fallen out under his feet (when he was called a “nutbar”). Or maybe just start being explicit about what is happening in the live interview.

Also, the moment of splitting hairs between “nutcase” and “nutbar” was classic ‘trolling’. This is what we have to learn to deal with on the left… people having arguments not based on facts, but based on “how this will look in front of a crowd”. The corporate pundits, guided by public relations firms, will deliberately lie, or misrepresent a position, with the understanding that their viewers are likely not following the facts and so nobody will be held accountable.

I guess Hedges can’t “play to the crowd” like O’Leary does, because he is there to represent the position that the protestors have value, and that facts do matter. I’m just wondering aloud, as I did when I first watched this interview, what is a serious reasonable person like Hedges, to do in this case… Give him a dose of his own medicine?

However, I just can’t imagine Hedges with a smarmy grin, ear to ear, saying “hey, no offense, but you sound like a real right wing fascist snickerdoodle”.

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By scott D, October 11, 2011 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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Kevin O’Leary represents a an attempt by CBC to compete with other news organizations by employing a blowhard who is “good tv” but not good content. Somebody with an informed opinion could have had a reasoned debate with Hedges but not this time. I respect him for finishing the interview and am concerned that CBC thinks O’Leary is worth airtime.

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By SarcastiCanuck, October 11, 2011 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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We have our a-holes in Canada as well.Still,they have to be debated to be neutralised and Mr.Hedges used facts,logic and knowledge to smack O’Leary down to size.I understand you don’t like this type of confrontation Chris,but you performed admirably and eloquently and have probably earned the respect of a great many Canadians who watched this spectacle.We pride ourselves on our fairness and egalitarianism and your message resonates very well here.Forget O’Leary,keep talking to us please,we hear you…

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By Les Stewart, October 11, 2011 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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Put your money where your mouth is, fellow Canucks.

Mr. Hedges’ income is from books or speaking only. But a book (independent bookseller) or donate here ( at Truthdig.

I did, to the best of my abilities.

O’Leary is simply a tier 2 Ivey MBA doing the grunt work of discrediting 75 years of public, national broadcasting for Canada’s 1%.

Kuddos to Chris for exposing how compromised the CBC has become.

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By cpb, October 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

...“Wouldn’t surprise me.”

Shouldn’t have left it at that.  No, it would not surprise me, not really.  The CBC, ultimately, needs to be approached whilst carefully ‘reading between the lines’ as much as one should while paying attention via any other MSM large media organization.  The CBC is not CNN, NBC, etc.., not even close. Unfortunately however, when large issues unfold, it often makes similar noises.

We are, as CND’s, as it turns out, nationally, the nation that ‘holds the bully’s coat’, as often as not.  Now who’s coat do you think we’re holding?

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By cpb, October 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

...“Wouldn’t surprise me.”

Shouldn’t have left it at that.  No, it would not surprise me, not really.  It would however, leave me feeling rather depressed. 

Then again, I’m not much of a nationalist.

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By cpb, October 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

Admitting to being CDN and commenting from said perspective, as have so many others…

Kevin O’Leary has apparently made himself a darling of CBC playing a valuable charachter typecast on “Dragons Den” - a crew of apparently self made business venture capital types who do a reality TV style interview / critique of business proposals and actually award / deny real financial backing of proposals which originate from the populace at large (having signed awey their rights to subsequent publicity, per typical low level ‘reality’ tv shows). 

As one of a handful he stakes out / occupies the role (on the show) of the least sympathetic of the business “experts” to any motivations not ultimately ‘greed’ related.  He’s the a-hole - he plays it, he likes playing it, it’s his “role”. It’s TV. 

How the hell did he get a role on any form of current affairs commentary on CBC??  Is the CBC suffering pressures from the Harper govnmnt as others have suggested?

Wouldn’t surprise me.

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By Arwen, October 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges, we were mortified to
be Canadians when we heard Kevin
O’Leary call you a “nut bar”. We
want you to know that we
complained to the CBC’s Audience
Relations on your behalf. O’Leary
fancies himself another Donald
Trump. He insults people with
impunity on CBC’s entrepreneurial
show Dragon’s Den for
“entertainment” and figured he
could do the same to you on a
hard news story for an
inappropriate cheap laugh. His
complete lack of insight and
manners means nobody in The Great
White North takes him seriously
as a reporter, whereas you have a
sterling reputation here. Please
continue to give interviews to
real Canadian reporters, like
Allan Gregg at TVO.
#OccupyBayStreet will begin
October 15. We’re anxious to have
your insight because you are
actually down on the street with
the New York protesters. We’re
sorry we lost the opportunity to
hear you out because of O’Leary’s
grandstanding. You are very brave
to face the possibility of being
maced or arrested. We think you
give the most coherent voice to
the movement that we have yet
heard. Thank you for trying to
enlighten us. Please don’t judge
all Canadians by that pompous,
repulsive excuse for a reporter.

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By John R., October 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Yes. Once again, thank you Chris Hedges for never wavering from the movement mission.

I had a similar discussion with my older brother and my father, but I was armed with (the official demands/statements on paper) from the GA of (OccupyWallStreet) and removed my relatives’ blinders that the corporation owned media had drilled into them year after year, for a short time anyway.

Then they read the statements/issues and debated each one.

After long hours, and a dinner break, they finally understood. And now know why I am supporting the movement.

I am no-longer regarded the rogue outcast just to be an outcast. And I asked them to please refrain from sarcasm when they discuss with their friends what the movement is about, since now, they are informed and should reflect themselves as being informed - please illuminate your peers. 

Each statement individually makes perfect sense in that they benefit the human being and the planet they live on in a self sustaining way.

Ultimately, they agreed with the statements, and were for the statements -

but did not understand how, those ideas would be carried through (laws passed/amendments) knowing as most do, we cannot compete with the corporation money lobbying, and that both houses are infiltrated by corporation money/policy.

I said “Exactly why the movement is there.”

A body growing so large, and united in it’s statements as OccupyWallStreet, OccupyLA, OccupyAmerica, is - will, in effect draw the attention of the entire United States and the world no doubt.

There will be no way of subverting the demands - as the body of the movement - is one with the demands.

No lies can cloak the movement, and the movement itself will repeat as needed the demands again and again.

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By croaky, October 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Say rrsnow, if you’re going to use Latin, you should perhaps learn the correct

It’s ad NAUSEAM,  not ad nauseum.

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By radson, October 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

Chris don’t be so uptight over the CBC interview,they basically tried to set you up.The first question was the typical MSM query of the day (who’s the Leader) ,followed by a denigrating rant by O’Leary concerning the insignificance of the OWS resistance.Afterwards by O’s ignorant remark ,with the hope that you would retaliate in kind ,after which with some slight editing the exchange would have been broadcast ,more than likely elsewhere as you being the guilty party .Now thankfully you didn’t take the bait ,stay sharp.

Now Mister O’Leary are you actually Bald or is that a Wig that your wearing -a Big Wig ?


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By rrsnow, October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Bravo Chris,

As usual,you are my hero. Way to handle O’Leary.

Like many other Canadians, who watch CBC and believe it is one the few media remaining in this country that does not fully kowtow to the neo-cons in power, I was delighted and impressed with your composure and ability to make him appear the immature a**hole that he frequently shows himself to be. I stopped watching/listening to him for the very reasons you made abundently clear.

CBC will also receive my thoughts on why they should get rid of this non-contributor except to repeat himself ad nauseum that “Greed is good.”

Please continue your admirable efforts for all of us.

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By DCambly, October 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

As a Canadian may I offer Chris an apology on behalf of most Canadians.

To understand the nasty remark made to Chris, you need to understand what the CBC, and the Federal government have been saying. Our Prime Minister Harper picked up a majority in Parliament with only 32% of the voters. The CBC counts on 1.6 billion dollars every year from the government of Canada.

Almost all forms of media is owned by two families except for the CBC. The ultra right wing Harper is telling Canadians that “all is well here” repeatedly. We know better because the other 68% of us did not vote for the ultra religious Harper. They got their sound bite that happens to be the hype we are told.

Bank loans are near impossible to get unless you are a high income earner near the $100,000.00 per year. There is NO poverty line set in Canada so the number of unemployed which they say is around 8% is out to lunch. Only people collecting federally funded Unemployment insurance are counted as “unemployed”. The moment a person picks up 10 hours a week at $8.00 an hour you are counted as employed. The real numbers are by all calculations over 20% unemployed.

In order to hammer the point home Chris made the remarks about Canada’s banking system being different. That is exactly what we are being told in every media form available. It is also what Harper and his folks of the minor order keep saying. Meanwhile the Canadian deficit is near 700 billion dollars annually. Overall Canadian deficit is over the 80% to GDP mark at 1.2 trillion dollars.

Universal health care costs under 7% of the annual budget so we are asking where the remaining 93% is being spent. Harper just handed over 75 billion dollars to the Bankers in Canada. 50 billion plus went to the auto industry and then they closed down most of their plants.

Trade between Canada and the U.S. runs near the 85% mark annually. With our hydro, food, rent and every cost sky rocketing we know that it is because of simple economics. With the U.S. economy going rough it directly hits Canada within months.

Chris you are an intelligent man along with being a terrific writer and wonderful speaker. Sorry that you had to get a short smell of the crap we hear coming from all levels of government every day. The economy stinks in Canada and beginning this week the protests will start taking place here. Harper spent 1 billion dollars on the G8 meeting and 20,000 police for it. Lots of people were injured at that protest.

We are with you even though it did take a month or two to catch up! Chris and the people of the U.S., I hope you know that you have lots of friends in Canada.

I have a hard hat, steel tipped boots and a bullet proof vest for the protest in Vancouver. Just when I thought I did my part in the 60s and early 1970s the young people will protect me.

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By blogdog, October 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

RE: By bpawk, October 10 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
To put in my two cents (I am a Canadian) - Kevin o’leary does not represent the
opinions of the average Canadian.  As a Canadian, I feel bad about what is
happening in your country and wish Ralph Nader played a much greater role in

Write to CBC, let them know how declassé and embarrassing to other Canadians is
Mssr. O’Leary - they may give him the hook - send him to the mail room

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By diamond, October 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

Maintain the rage Chris. The fact is in historical terms, no one remembers the O’Reillys and O’learys of this world and the corporate fascism we’re living through will be unmasked and dealt with in spite of the mainstream media’s shills. People like Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and their fellow ‘terrorist’ Nelson Mandela will be remembered and people will remember you and your work.

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By Dr Bro, October 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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Petition now being organized to have O’Leary booted from the CBC.
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By Mike Rigglesford, October 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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The ironic part is that O’Leary is American.Also our friends south of the 49th take note that this is the network,CBC,that is so reviled by the right in Canada.

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By norman harman, October 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. O’Leary,

Don’t take this the wrong way but you sound like a monumental ass - or even
worse, an American “journalist.”

It’s kind of saddening to see that the blight of intentional media ignorance
(a.k.a., stupidity) has spread to our neighbor to the north.

@Mr. Lexicron,

You write: “Things are not right, we know, but
rebel and replace our basic style of government? For
what? Sorry, Chris, but I for one do not welcome some
sort of military dictatorship or the like!”

What the hell are you talking about? Have you ever read any of Mr. Hedges’
work? Do you think he’s a newcomer to this battle? Our “basic style of
government,” by which I assume you mean democracy, has already been
replaced by oligarchy. Mr. Hedges is advocating a restoration of democracy.
That’s what the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is all about.

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By Nat, October 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment
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All O’Leary did was embarrass himself.  He came off as uninformed and childish. 
Chris Hedges, as always, was well-informed and remained calm in order to force
O’Leary to hear out his reasoning, and let’s face it, Hedges was the only one who
was doing any reasoning.  Does every country in the West have a Fox News now? 
Scary.  Debate had long been dead (if it ever existed) in the mainstream media. 
Presidential debates are like beauty pageants where contestant give empty
preformed answers to empty formulaic questions.  No one learns anything from
watching a “debate.”  It’s nice that people from Canada wrote comments in support
of Hedges.

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By D.R. Zing, October 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

I called you a nutbar not a nutcase, that’s debating?
Oh, well, dear sir, you’re a shithead, not a shitbag.

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By Flora, October 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

I agree with all of the comments especially: “I admire your ability to stay
clear, strong and cool in the face of clownish name calling. Thank you for
your insight.”
Thanks too for your tremendous contributions to the discourse.
-an embarrassed Canadian.

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By bpawk, October 10, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

To put in my two cents (I am a Canadian) - Kevin o’leary does not represent the opinions of the average Canadian.  As a Canadian, I feel bad about what is happening in your country and wish Ralph Nader played a much greater role in politics.

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By glider, October 10, 2011 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

While I generally support his message I would suggest Hedges stick to the core issue of ending corporate influence in government.  I would also like to see this dovetailed with a platform for reverting to a sovereign currency (removing us from the burden of the Bankster fractional reserve scheme).  These two ideas are fundamental ones that most Americans can rally behind, and if we successfully accomplish them, the other issues such as the environment will take care of themselves.  Citing Karl Marx, no matter how accurate the reference, is too polarizing and not going to contribute to the movement.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 10, 2011 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges is like Noam Chomsky was 25 years ago.  He can’t even smile.  If you try to carry all of the world’s pain it becomes toxic.

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By TheEnd, October 10, 2011 at 9:52 am Link to this comment

They sure pissed Hedges off.  “It’ll be the last time.” -TheEnd

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By Happenstance, October 10, 2011 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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Kevin O’Leary is a smug, self satisfied, pompous wind bag and it did this old heart good to see him taken down a couple of notches.
Chris you are welcome up here any time you want to slap down this or any other purveyor of unfettered, corporate greed. Good on ya.

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By Anonymity Pluribus Unum, October 10, 2011 at 1:34 am Link to this comment
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What else would anyone expect from right wingers?  They are emotionally 3 or 4 years old.  Once you realize that the things that they say are no surprise at all.  Nanny-nanny-boo-boo- Al Gore has a big house.

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By Lexicron, October 10, 2011 at 1:05 am Link to this comment
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Chris H. makes it sound like the poor and less-than-well-
employed are some new underclass. They (we) are not. It’s
just that he and his ilk are now aware that the jobs we
used to have (including those in journalism) have been
supplanted by corporations that naturally turn to cheaper
labor, and by automation—the almighty computer—that can
just do without a whole batch of jobs that were once held
by those in the middle class.

Hedges now sounds like some wannabe Tom Paine, complete
with archaic, hyperbolic language. He is anticipating the
kind of movement he may want, but we don’t. We want
things as they used to be, back in the 1970s, before
Reagan’s deregulation, Clinton’s Nafta and welfare
“reform.” That won’t happen. But some jobs program is
necessary. Some other vision must supplant the
enlightenment stuff Hedges is spewing, and the watered-
down New Deal we hear, once in a while, from Obama.

This is what we in the protest movement must determine,
but we will not succeed if supposedly led by the likes of
Hedges. His sense of proportion is way out of proportion
to current realities. Things are not right, we know, but
rebel and replace our basic style of government? For
what? Sorry, Chris, but I for one do not welcome some
sort of military dictatorship or the like!
Concerned Portlander

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By Tone, October 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment
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Oh my I just saw the video clip of the appalling treatment that Chris Hedges received from the CBC during his appearance. I feel I need to apologize for the boorish petulant behaviour of Kevin O’Leary. How O’Leary behaves does not represent Canada or most Canadians. He’s a professional blowhard, entitled and emboldened by his wealth and yet unmoderated by wisdom and bankrupt in knowledge.

I and no doubt countless other Canadians have written CBC calling for O’Leary’s ouster, particularly after he recently made racist comments. It pains me to see a visitor treated that way by any Canadian broadcaster and I hope that you will not hold it against us for being so mistreated by what amounts to an uneducated pundit who is a national embarrassment. He represents the toxic attitudes of the 1% who have helped the world economy to where it is today.

Again, we’re sorry! Please come back some day.

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By caped amigo, October 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

Chris Hedges—one of my heroes. My mentor par excellence.

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By berneredfeather, October 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone who name calls and uses ridicule and sarcasm only makes themselves look
ridiculous. It is classless and exemplifies someone who does not have the
intelligence to to interact in any meaningful way. There are many in Canada in our
parliament and in our media who are adopting the Bill O’Reilly and Anne Coulter
lack of mentality. Using intimidation they try bully to shut up those who disagree
with them. Kevin O’Leary has stated that greed is good. In an over crowded life
boat like our earth if someone is greedy someone consequentially goes without.
This is what the “Occupy Wall Street” is all about. These people just don’t care and
want to hang on to their excesses.

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By Murray Angus, October 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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I concur with the last post. It was good to see Hedges not let O’Leary run
roughshod over him.  This kind of crass, rude TV personality is not typical of
Canadian mainstream media, so it’s sad to see it spring up. Doubly sad to see it
on the public broadcasting system. Good on Hedges for call it for what it was, by
equating him with Fox News.

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By Lorne Warwick, October 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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As a Canadian, I was deeply embarrassed and offended
by O’Leary’s rudeness toward Chris Hedges, a rudeness
that amply demonstrates what a boorish bombast he is.

That the CBC, once a widely-respected institution,
gives such a person a platform to spout his empty
right-wing rhetoric is an indictment of its loss of
impartiality as it desperately seeks to curry favour
with the Harper Conservative government in the
forlorn hope of staving off government cuts to its

In seeking to ensconce itself with those who hold
power, the CBC is also a clear example of Hedges’
thesis in his book, Death of the Liberal Class, that
traditional institutions no longer offer any
resistance to the corporate-driven agenda, having
corrupted their ideals by allying themselves with the
power elite.

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By RickOShea, October 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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When I see dissident journalists/writers like Chris
Hedges or Linda McQuaig on the O’Leary/Lang exchange, I
just cringe - these people are being set up for
ridicule by the right wing neo-cons in a manner
identical to what happens on Fox News. Disgusting.

CBC has become Fox news sad to say.

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By blogdog, October 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

RE: ... couldn’t think of
anything to say on the issues (not an infrequent
happening) so shot his mouth off in an ad hominem
(also not an infrequent happening).

never happens in TD reader comments… no way

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By D, October 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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Well Done Mr Hedges!

I admire your ability to stay clear, strong and cool in the face of clownish name calling. Thank you for your insight.

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By Natty, October 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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The Kevin O’Leary who once tried to do good things for children’s literacy has long been replaced by the public personae of shill for the largesse of corporate welfare and extinction of workers rights in Canada.

Mr. Hedges conducted himself with dignity and aplomb.  I am most disappointed to see the CBC, through their continued engagement of Kevin O’Leary, could not muster a similar level of decorum and actually discuss/debate the issues.

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By peedeecee, October 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

So glad you nailed Kevin O’Leary, who is an
embarrassment to all Canadians. Chris Hedges was a
guest on a Canadian TV programme, and as such,
probably expected courteous treatment.  Hedges was
discussing the issues; O’Leary couldn’t think of
anything to say on the issues (not an infrequent
happening) so shot his mouth off in an ad hominem
(also not an infrequent happening).

If it is any consolation to Mr. Hedges, there was a
general outpouring of condemnation right across the
country regarding O’Leary’s behaviour.

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