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P.S.A.'S · 12th October 2011
Merv Ritchie
If you did not see this interview, it is a must see. Have we all degenerated into emotional beings, forgoing thoughtful, intelligent discussion?

It would appear, from watching the clear and concise statements recorded in this seven minute segment, we are allowing CBC to participate with hosts in practices no different than the most offensive Fox News hosts; using name calling and taunts instead of reasoned thought.

Please Click here and take seven minutes out of your day to get a glimpse of the problem we all face today.

From http://www.mediaite.com

A contentious interview about Occupy Wall Street given last week on Canadian network CBC’s The Lang & O’Leary Exchange is going viral. The program’s host Kevin O’Leary went after Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges‘s sympathetic views of the protest, calling him a “left wing nutbar.”

“If you want to shut down every corporation, every bank, where are you going to get a job? Where are you gonna work? Where’s the economy gonna go?” O’Leary barked. Hedges calmly refuted O’Leary, telling him that Goldman Sachs didn’t manufacture anything. “They gamble, they use money, and they believe falsely that money is real as we dismantle our manufacturing base and send jobs over the border to Mexico and finally into the embrace of China.”

“I don’t usually go on shows where people descend to character assassination,” Hedges exclaimed. “If you want to discuss issues, that’s fine but this sounds like Fox News and I don’t go on Fox News!”

And the arguing just continued from there:

O’Leary: Excuse me, let’s debate the issues then. …

Hedges: You were the one who started it – you were not debating the issues.

O’Leary:[crosstalk] …I did not call you a nutcase, I called you a nutbar.

Hedges: You said [I] sounded like a leftwing nutcase .. bar

O’Leary: Yes, bar, nutbar.

Hedges: That’s an insult.

O’Leary: Are you left wing in leaning at least would you say?

Hedges: No, I would say ..

O’Leary: You’re a centrist?

Hedges: Can I finish?

O’Leary: Please.


Watch the video

And if you really want to be embarrased to be a Canadian - Read this! This man should crawl under a rock and hide.
Ombudsman writes me...
Comment by Maggie Jo on 17th October 2011
Ombudsman Lapointe was kind enough to write me back.

Dear Maggie Jo:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail. I have conducted a review of Kevin O'Leary's exchange with Chris Hedges. You will find it
on my website at this link:
http://www.cbc.ca/ombudsman/pdf/2011-10-13-Gangji.pdf

Sincerely,

Kirk LaPointe
CBC Ombudsman
Chris Hedges
Comment by Darcy Metz on 14th October 2011
Chris Hedges is one of the few sane voices out there. His weekly articles at www.truthdig.com are always worth reading for a reality check on where our world is heading.
Kim
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 13th October 2011
Good for you! That's awesome!
Givng the people what they seem to want.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 13th October 2011
I'm not sure where this genre of TV programming started but there was a time when the worst in TV was Jerry Springer. Then came a proliferation of reality shows which featured the worst in people and soon after the American idol type which were no more than the naive being insulted by morons to the entertainment of the same. Rudeness became the focus of the entertainment whether you were watching cooking or building choppers. I never watched any longer than it took to find out what they were. I will confess that I used to watch Orange County Choppers until the crabbing, even if it was fake, just got tiresome and boring.

Now we have our own CBC wrestling with the same trend. and it should not be a surprise. They produce these shows because they are cheap and fill the time. The commercials they throw in pay more. Why spend more on good TV if it reduces the profit margin and after all, people will watch trash just because there isn't much else on anywhere else.

When people stop watching and stop buying the advertised products, it will stop. It is the only way to avoid giving recognition to boorish behavior that is excused because one is filthy rich. In the meantime you can still get good TV on The Knowledge Network, and PBS.
O'Leary
Comment by Mel on 13th October 2011
Have to agree with Karen. OLeary is a self professed money loving greedy person. Have to give kudos to Amanda Lang occasionally coming down hard on him. He is the Ultimate Corporate bagman, anti-worker, anti union person that has had the spotlight for some time
I wrote the CBC
Comment by Kim on 13th October 2011
and here is the Executive producers reply.

"Thank you for your e-mail of October 7th, 2011 addressed to Kirk LaPointe, CBC Ombudsman. As the Executive Producer of THE LANG & O’LEARY EXCHANGE, I would like to reply.

You wrote to draw our attention to a segment on the October 6th edition of the program.

During a discussion about the Wall Street protests taking place in New York and Washington, our business commentator Kevin O'Leary responded to an answer from author and journalist Chris Hedges by saying: "Listen, don’t take this the wrong way, but you sound like a left-wing nutbar."

We expect Kevin O'Leary to be colourful, outspoken and controversial. However, this was not an appropriate way to refer to a guest on our program and it detracted from an otherwise very interesting interview.

You may be interested to know that I called Mr. Hedges after the interview to apologize on behalf of the program.

And I also discussed with Mr. O'Leary the inappropriateness of addressing guests in such a way.

I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on this issue."
Letter of Complaint can be sent to CBC ombudsman
Comment by T on 13th October 2011
I dislike this man so much I can hardly look at his face. He is not the person I want my tax dollars supporting on CBC in any way.

Let your thoughts me known: write the CBC ombudsman and complain about this poor representation of Canadians. Link below to file official complaint.

http://www.cbc.ca/ombudsman/contact.html
Even Don Cherry retracted...
Comment by Maggie Jo on 13th October 2011
Even Don recently retracted his remark about calling hockey players "pukes" for speaking out against hockey violence. O'Leary may wanna learn a bit from Don.

In any event, this is exactly just ONE of the reasons I don't listen to CBC radio any longer. I used to be a NAZI turning it on 24/7. I tired quickly of the same stories/interviews year after year about topics....one in particular: gays and same sex marriage over and over and over and over and over and over again. (Okay, we get it. You've drilled it in. Isn't there anything ELSE we can talk about now?!)

I get my news and views elsewhere now. You gotta love the high tech world that provides us with that option.
O'Leary
Comment by Karen on 13th October 2011
Kevin O'Leary is himself a nut bar. I wonder why CBC even condones such radical expletives that he is wont to express when they clearly do nothing to build up the respect of the network. O'Leary's type are more suited to Sun TV or the Fox Network.

I easily refrain from watching both Dragon' Den and The Lang & O’Leary Exchange because of this disgusting moron. He is not even entertaining.