Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Mal-Wart: Always Low Tolerance (for Truth) 

Note they don't try to deny the truth of the story. They just punish anyone with the temerity to SPEAK the truth. Of course the usual tactic of a business--particularly a retailer--offended by a pipsqueek newspaper reporter is to pull their advertising. This is hard for the Buzzards of Bentonville to do since they do next to no advertising in local papers. Just one of the many things they fail to contribute to the local economy:

(via Alabama news roundup)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Wal-Mart is lifting a local manager's ban on selling the Pensacola News Journal at area stores.

A company spokeswoman says the ban was imposed in response to a column he considered derogatory to the retailer.

Columnist Mark O'Brien wrote the article in June 19th editions.

In the article O'Brien, cited a New York Times report that Georgia's health care program included more than ten-thousand children of Wal-Mart workers. This was costing taxpayers nearly ten (m) million dollars a year.

Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated spokeswoman Sharon Weber says that the company should not have removed the newspapers from the store. She says they should be available by the end of the week.
Sure wish Costco would hurry up and get to west Tennessee...

UPDATE: An excellent diary over at dKos about this matter has some details the AP piece did not, like that the Wal-Mart management's original demand was that the Pensacola paper fire the writer of the column before they would let the paper be sold at their stores again! Such lovely people they are...

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