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Does being vegan brand you as elitist? "Days of Revolt" host Chris Hedges and longtime animal rights activist Gary Francione discuss that question, as well as the impact of the animal agriculture industry on the ecosystem, animal suffering versus human suffering and how Whole Foods CEO John Mackey can be both vegan and anti-union.

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In the sixth installment on The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and TRNN’s Senior Editor Paul Jay debate the buying off of the American media, the culture of corruption that led to the recession and the idea of rationality within the ranks of the elite.

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I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalismI’m not surprised that President Obama and Attorney General Holder have been waging war on the news media.

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President Obama should make peace with the "angry white men" who see his Nobel Prize as a token of elitism by enacting policies that address their economic grievances.President Obama should make peace with the "angry white men" who see his Nobel Prize as a token of elitism.

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If freedom is just another word for no high-flying jobs left for new college graduates to lose, it opens room for risk-taking. And -- dare I say it? -- idealism.

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Stephen Colbert outdoes himself with this indictment of the non-controversy over Barack Obama's alleged elitism. After all, "Nothing stings like being called an elitist by the humble working-class members of the media and politics. Some of those people have to do their own hair."

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The "Real Time" host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: "If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you're an idiot. If you think they're going to take away your gun, you're an armed idiot. And if you think they're going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you're Bill O'Reilly."

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It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an "elitist" following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion. Rarely does the Arizona senator -- one of the wealthiest members of Washington's most exclusive club -- encounter such a tempting chance to masquerade as a populist.

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The "Real Time" host argues that many of America's problems aren't caused by the liberal, Washington, Hollywood or media elite, but by the prevalence of unqualified "hayseeds" in George W. Bush's government. Take Monica Goodling, who, in her early 30s and with no prosecutorial experience, oversaw the U.S. attorneys.

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