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Wal-Mart chokes on popcorn at Greenwald film

From an article by Al Norman on today's The Huffington Post:

Against all norms of social convention, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. yelled “fire” in a crowded theater this past week, after viewing the Robert Greenwald film, The High Cost of Low Prices.

As soon as the lights went up, the giant retailer was passing out its 28-page critique of the film, raising as many new issues as the movie itself.

Rather than assail the message, Wal-Mart’s PR team went after the messengers, attempting to discredit almost everyone in the movie—especially the people who worked inside the corporation for years.

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The film is eye-opening and thought-provoking. As with his other films like OutFoxed and Uncovered, if even only half of what Greenwald's film shows is true, it's disturbing and worthy of further exploration. Wal-Mart has mastered the PR bullshit game, using carefully crafted messages designed to look like a rebuttal without actually saying anything substantive that actually rebutts the accusation; or they just outright distort, mislead an lie. No wonder Dick Cheney and Tom Delay hold Wal-Mart in high esteem; according to Cheney, "The story of Wal-Mart exemplifies some of the very best qualities in our country [in the eyes of Enron-type business people] -- hard work [by underpaid associates and sweatshop slave-laborers], the spirit of enterprise [dog-eat-dog monopolization], fair dealing [lie], and integrity [lie]" (May 2004).

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