May 16, 2005

Wal-Mart in the media

From the Washington Post (use Bug Me Not for a user name and password to sign in) Wal-Mart To Apologize For Ad in Newspaper
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said yesterday that it made a "terrible" mistake in approving a recent newspaper advertisement that equated a proposed Arizona zoning ordinance with Nazi book-burning.

The full-page advertisement included a 1933 photo of people throwing books on a pyre at Berlin's Opernplatz. It was run as part of a campaign against a Flagstaff ballot proposal that would restrict Wal-Mart from expanding a local store to include a grocery.

The accompanying text read "Should we let government tell us what we can read? Of course not . . . So why should we allow local government to limit where we shop?" The bottom of the advertisement announced that the ad was "Paid for by Protect Flagstaff's Future-Major Funding by Wal-Mart (Bentonville, AR)."

The ad, which ran May 8 in the Arizona Daily Sun, was "reviewed and approved by Wal-Mart, but we did not know what the photo was from. We obviously should have asked more questions," said Daphne Moore, Wal-Mart's director of community affairs. She said the company will also issue a letter of apology to the Arizona Anti-Defamation League. Ouch -- what dimwit thought that would be a good idea for an advertisement...
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Posted by DaveH at May 16, 2005 4:14 PM

A committee looked at that ad and approved it, right? Nobody noticed the German uniforms with the swastika arm bands? Nobody noticed the time period from which the photo was taken?

I've known some dim bulbs in my time, but geez!

Posted by: Jen Halliday at May 16, 2005 10:27 PM
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