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CBC television's Kevin O'Leary sounded like Fox News' O'Reilly when interviewing Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Chris Hedges tonight about why he is participating as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Washington, D.C.  Hedges cogently spoke to the concerns of the thousands of people demonstrating across America and showed remarkable self-possession in the wake of O'Leary's opening barb that Occupy Wall Street is "extremely low budget."  

Hedges said Occupy Wall Street wants to "reverse the corporate coup" that's taken place in the U.S. and said that if we don't reverse the corporate takeover, corporations will commodify everything and exploit it for profit until exhaustion or collapse.  "We are on the cusp of perhaps another banking crisis in Europe, Hedges said.

"Don't take this the wrong way but you sound like a left wing nut bar," O'Leary responded.  The interview deteriorated form there, ending when O'Leary thanked Hedges for coming and Hedges stated that he would never appear on CBC again.  "I don't usually go on shows where people descend to character assassination.  This sounds like Fox News and I don't go on Fox News," Hedges said.  "To attack this critique by calling someone a nut case is..."

"I didn't call you a nut case, I called you a nut bar," O'Leary went on, unbelievably.

Hedges' latest book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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