The O’Leary & Hedges Exchange

I don’t watch the Lang & O’Leary Exchange that much. I have, however, seen enough of Kevin O’Leary to know good and well that he’s got a tendency to be a gigantic tool.

For instance…

The other day, author Chris Hedges appeared on the show to talk about Occupy Wall Street. Everything was going fine until O’Leary said something. Seriously, the moment he opened his mouth, douchiness spewed forth and it was all downhill from there. Video evidence to show that I am not wrong can be found here.

Watch this thing and tell me whether you think O’Leary is playing a character or if he’s really this much of an idiot. Occupy Wall Street is a weak, “nothing burgers” movement? A few guys with guitars? Does he actually follow the stories that he’s paid to report on? Weak, nothing protests don’t usually spread around entire countries and across borders, Kevin.

Watching Hedges put this pompous ass in his place is quite great. He never gets overly angry, even after O’Leary calls him a “left wing nutbar.” He just calmly makes his points while also letting everyone know that he won’t be back because he’s not one for going on shows where instead of talking issues, the host would rather attack his character.

While this is happening, the best O’Leary can do is get all upset that Hedges thought he called him a nutcase instead of a nutbar. Really, that happened. Oh, he also tries and fails to twist Hedges’ points to fit whatever his agenda is and comes off looking more like a playground bully than the educated business television host he’s supposed to be.

I love the CBC. Its news coverage is among the best in the land. I expect and generally get a lot better than the American 24 hour news network style display O’Leary put on. That kind of crap journalism doesn’t belong on my CBC, and I’m apparently not the only one who thinks so.

CBC’s ombudsman says Kevin O’Leary’s heated remarks during an interview with author Chris Hedges violated the public broadcaster’s journalistic standards.

The watchdog says hundreds of complaints were filed after O’Leary called the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist “a nutbar” during CBC News Network’s “The Lang & O’Leary Exchange” on Oct. 6.

“There is room at the inn for a range of views, but there is no room for name-calling a guest,” CBC ombudsman Kirk LaPointe writes in a decision dated Oct. 13.

“O’Leary might have been genuinely curious about Hedges’ views, but his opening salvo only fed contempt, which breached policy.”

LaPointe says CBC News correctly issued a private apology to Hedges after the interview but should also have apologized on air.

Some are even going so far as to call for O’Leary’s firing. Don’t know if I’d join them, but I certainly wouldn’t miss him if it happens.

If he does get fired, I’m sure he’ll land on his feet. He’d fit in perfectly with the rest of the angry morons on the worthless shithole of a channel that is the Sun News Network.

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