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10.27.2005

Wal-mart strikes back

I bet the anti-business folks love this.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today called on Robert Greenwald to correct the factual errors and misrepresentations in the trailer for his video: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Mr. Greenwald’s missteps include claiming Wal-Mart forced the closure of a Middlefield, Ohio hardware store, when, in fact, the store closed before Wal-Mart opened its doors, and the hardware store has since reopened under new ownership.

“We at Wal-Mart welcome a fair and honest discussion,” said Wal-Mart Vice President for Corporate Affairs Bob McAdam. “But what Mr. Greenwald has done in his latest trailer is neither fair nor honest to his audience or the American people. He should fix these errors or take down the trailer altogether.”

In addition to Mr. Greenwald’s misrepresentations about the Middlefield, Ohio hardware store, he uses interview footage to make broad assertions that don't line up with the facts about Wal-Mart.

Greenwald uses footage of one interviewee saying Wal-Mart told her: “…There’s no place for people like you in management.” The fact is that Wal-Mart is considered one of the most diverse employers in America and was recently named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “30 Best Companies for Diversity.” In addition, more than 40% of Wal-Mart managers are women.

Greenwald uses footage of another interviewee who states: “No Wal-Mart in Chicago, they don’t pay a living wage, they can’t come to Chicago.” However, the average wage for full-time hourly Wal-Mart associates in the Chicago area is $10.69 – more than $4 above the Illinois minimum wage of $6.50 and $1 above the $9.68 living wage recently established in Chicago.

“100 million working Americans shop at Wal-Mart every week,” added McAdam. “They deserve to know that the store where they spend their hard-earned dollars provides them with the best value and cares deeply about their communities.”


Smear documentaries are interesting to me for several reasons, one of which is the idealogical echo chamber they seem to reside in. Chances are the only people who watch the usually mind-numbing films are the ones who alreay agree with the premise. So what purpose does that serve excatly? Business is good, progress is good, and Wal-Mart - on the whole - is good. If the "debate" is filled with lies, what's the point?

via Instapundit

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