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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:20 PM

5 ways a 14-year-old crushed an arrogant interviewer

5 ways a 14-year-old crushed an arrogant interviewer
By Christina Mozaffari | Posted: August 13, 2013

If everybody performed in interviews like 14-year-old Rachel Parent, I would be out of a job.

The young Canadian activist founded an organization called “The Kids Right To Know,” which campaigns for mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She has organized and spoken at rallies against GMOs and just happens to be one amazing spokesperson.

Here’s the proof: Parent challenged investor and TV host Kevin O’Leary to a debate after he called GMO protesters “just stupid” and suggested on his show that they “stop eating” as a way to “get rid of them.” O’Leary accepted, and last week Parent was a guest on the show he co-hosts, “The Lang & O’Leary Exchange,” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).



O’Leary made it clear early in the interview he had no intention of taking it easy on Parent because of her age. That’s not unfair given Parent’s activism and visibility in her movement. Still, there’s a fine line between respectfully challenging and bullying. O’Leary managed to end the interview looking like a condescending bully due to Parent’s stellar performance.

One of the first questions he asked her, “You know what a lobbyist is, right?” set the tone for the 13 minutes that would follow...

MORE ON THE 5 WAYS SHE HELD HER OWN: http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/5_ways_a_14yearold_crushed_an_arrogant_interviewer_15006.aspx

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Reply 5 ways a 14-year-old crushed an arrogant interviewer (Original post)
FourScore Aug 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Aug 2013 #1
burnodo Aug 2013 #2
90-percent Aug 2013 #3
burnodo Aug 2013 #5
laundry_queen Aug 2013 #19
JHB Aug 2013 #27
bravenak Aug 2013 #4
burnodo Aug 2013 #6
bravenak Aug 2013 #9
burnodo Aug 2013 #10
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #23
JHB Aug 2013 #28
bravenak Aug 2013 #34
laundry_queen Aug 2013 #20
RussBLib Aug 2013 #7
LittleBlue Aug 2013 #8
laundry_queen Aug 2013 #21
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #24
MrMickeysMom Aug 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #33
MrMickeysMom Aug 2013 #38
alittlelark Aug 2013 #12
blackspade Aug 2013 #13
Fumesucker Aug 2013 #14
onestepforward Aug 2013 #15
Owl Aug 2013 #16
Saviolo Aug 2013 #17
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #18
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #25
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #32
Enthusiast Aug 2013 #36
Berlum Aug 2013 #22
B Calm Aug 2013 #26
Quantess Aug 2013 #29
Oakenshield Aug 2013 #30
Flo Mingo Aug 2013 #31
cui bono Aug 2013 #35
MisterP Aug 2013 #37

Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:25 PM

1. "If you don't use the word 'stupid', I won't use the word 'fascist'! You go, Rachel!

 

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:27 PM

2. kick

 

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:39 PM

3. one thing i saw

he framed his questions unfairly;

"So you're for letting people starve in Africa because you'll deny them GM corn?"

All she wants is GM labeling, in part because it's released to the public with only the blessing of it's maker.

Screw the unintended consequences of the general public acclimating to GM labels, maybe they should just let the fucking free market decide by labeling this stuff in the first place. Don't they believe in the free market?

-jim

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Response to 90-percent (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:49 PM

5. and proper oversight in testing

 

Monsanto testing its own GMO's is like Clapper investigating his own organization

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Response to 90-percent (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:13 AM

19. O'Leary is up there with Darth Cheney for biggest asshole on earth

He's unbelievably sociopathic. Zero empathy, ever. Money money money. It's his only love. WHY the CBC gives him a platform is beyond me. Amanda Lang's 'zingers' are usually anything but. They are weak sauce and she's no match for the looney money grubber. There are few people on TV I HATE but he is one of them. I cannot watch that show. I watch CBC all day long until his show then the channel changes. He's insufferable. He's definitely one of the most despicable people on the planet. I'm fucking embarrassed that he's Canadian.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:58 AM

27. Sounds like the "Hannity & Colmes" formula, from your description...

...or "Crossfire" in its Pat-Buchanan-vs-weaksauce-centrist-labeled-as-"left" heyday.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:40 PM

4. She was way too prepared for him.

 

He acted like a child.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:50 PM

6. One thing I will say

 

Even though I found his arguments fairly childish and unnecessarily combative, Fox News could NEVER have a reasonable conversation on any subject like this one was

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Response to burnodo (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:58 PM

9. I'd hate to see her deal with " tides go in tides go out" O'reilley.

 

The spittle would be flying everywhere. I just didn't like him treating her like she was stupid and calling her a shill. That was too much.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:03 PM

10. She really was very impressive.

 

Kudos to her.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:49 AM

23. He is a typical corporate SHILL.

He looked like a fool.

He wasn't prepared for someone that well informed.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 06:00 AM

28. Actually, I think I'd LIKE to see that...

It might make Billo's show worth catching once.

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Response to JHB (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:40 AM

34. I love th way his chins jiggle when he's mad.

 

I could zerbert them.

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Response to bravenak (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:14 AM

20. He always does.

He's a tantrum throwing binary thinker. Or tri-nary (black, white, money).

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:56 PM

7. what an impressive young woman

and O'Leary is the one coming off as a shill and an arrogant know-nothing.

Time and again Rachel says she's not anti-science but O'Leary wants to pose it as "you want poor people to starve?" What an ass.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:57 PM

8. Very impressive. And the two supposed "media" types

 

disgusted me. They might as well have been paid advocates for Monsanto.

He was essentially asking her if she wanted children to die.

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Response to LittleBlue (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:24 AM

21. They aren't really 'media'

aside from having a show on CBC. One is a 1%er CEO money grubber who made his mark on TV with Dragon's Den by being an asshole, and on the business network here in Canada. The CBC thought he would be good as a ratings grabber, I suppose. He's just one of those asshole CEOs who thinks he knows it all about making money, and really doesn't care about anything BUT money. A hurricane could hit Alberta, while a blizzard buried India, and he would be more worried about his stock prices than the fact that the world was coming to an end. He's a dickhead, a sociopath, a narcissist and a rich, arrogant know-it-all with beady eyes and a 'smell the fart' look permanently plastered on his face. He's an overachiever alright.

Amanda Lang was his 'partner' on the BNN. The CBC thought she gave as good as she got. I think she lets O'Leary get away with way too much, and besides, her education isn't even in business, so she buys into what all the 'conventional' business TV personalities think of as good business. It shows (says this BCom student).

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:53 AM

24. I'm with you....nt

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:43 PM

11. WOW!!!! Wasn't HE the jaggoff winner of this 2 to 1 "interview"

Who's the fucking SHILL now?

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Response to MrMickeysMom (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:22 AM

33. I picture him trying to explain to Monsanto how he lost to a 14 year old girl....

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #33)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 10:34 PM

38. HA!

THAT is for sure!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:56 PM

12. This up and coming generation impresses me

I hope they can mitigate the damage we have allowed to happen.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:00 PM

13. This young woman kicked O'Leary's ass

What a condescending prick.....And ignorant to boot.
Lang sounds like a fool as well.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:00 PM

14. Sometimes I think it's really too bad seppuku is not a Western tradition

This was one of those times.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:17 PM

15. WOW!

She allowed me to exhale and relax for a moment about the future

What a bright light to help lead the way. Bravo!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:19 PM

16. Rachel is an amazing person! O'Leary is an amazing shit-head!!!

Rachel gives me hope for the future.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:03 PM

17. Ugh

I have so little respect for Kevin O'Leary. He's insufferable to watch. He's a pure capitalist at any cost. Profits before people for him. He said as much during an episode of Shark Tank (the US edition of Dragon's Den). A fellow was proposing a pickup truck rack made locally in the USA, and O'Leary asked why it was made for so high a cost in the US when it could be made so much cheaper elsewhere (in China, for instance). The man said part of his business plan was to create jobs locally in the US, despite the higher labour costs, and he wouldn't outsource his labour. Bottom-line O'Leary didn't like that and backed out. The guy didn't get a deal from the Shark Tank, but went on to make his product in the USA anyway.

Insufferable smug asshole. He gives Canadians and entrepreneurs a bad name.

Here's the guy that O'Leary shut down:

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:07 PM

18. The condescending tone and false choices by O'Leary were offensive.

 



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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:55 AM

25. They were offensive.

He is a RW propagandist of the highest order.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:08 AM

32. I expect him to get into trouble over this incident.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #32)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 12:36 PM

36. They will probably replace him with a more effective liar.

There are no limits to the money they have to spend on messaging.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:22 AM

22. RepubliWanking Bully, Great-White-North Style

What a corporate toady the host is, shilling for mutant corporate crapola and attempting to diss a little girl so he can advance a soulless, money-grubbing, mechanistic corporate agenda.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:56 AM

26. Very smart 14 yr old!

 

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 06:16 AM

29. Hooray for smart teenagers!

I was a smart teen also, but at age 14 I was still lousy at interviews and public speaking. She's only going to get better.

She did amazing! How would it feel to have a junior high schooler mop the floor with your ass on tv?

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 06:21 AM

30. She's really darn impressive.

To be such a articulate activist at her age.... I wonder what kind of career she'll pursue once she's an adult. I'm sure she'll be successful.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 08:00 AM

31. He's rebutting her as though

he's worried his Monsanto stock prices will drop. What a douche nozzle.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:59 AM

35. Particularly nauseating was the end, where he condescendingly told Rachel when she gets older

she'll see the error of her ways and change her mind. That's your last hurrah O'Leary???

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Response to cui bono (Reply #35)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:28 PM

37. it's like what a Progenitor from "Mage: The Ascension" would say in battle

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