Talk about the pot calling the kettle out. The New York
Slime Times, mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, did a puffy piece on Wal-Mart sending press releases to bloggers - article in the New York Times. The Instapundit explains press releases here.
Just so that we are clear, I take nothing, nada from any group, company, political party -- I am an unpaid blogger. My opinions are my own. Blog readers, newspaper readers, online news readers consider their sources.You know who is credible and who isn't. If anybody's cred should be seriously questioned it ought to be the Times.
The Times is attempting to discredit both the blogs and Wal-Mart with one bullet. Part of the left's ongoing campaign to bring Wal-Mart down.
The anti Wal-mart movements are evil in nature. Big union backed, this represents the tendency to move toward dictatorship policy and collectivism, and away from freedom. The Wal-Mart movement is a political fraud, Wal-mart has saved towns (all the way back to Bentonville, Arkansas).
In a fully free economy, all development is
controlled by individuals.
An economy of abundance works. Not an economy of scarcity.......this assault on Wal-Mart must end.
Wal-Mart pays above minimum wage, has an excellent pay plan, always promotes from within and has an excellent benefits package.
And WTF is wrong with the lowest prices in town?
Wal-Mart makes it possible for lower wage earners to purchase items the could never afford at regular store prices. Wal-mart enhances the quality of life for ALL AMERICANS.
These limo libs (and their propaganda moles at The Times) speak for who? Not for average hard working joes and janes. The libs don't shop at Wal-Mart, believe me. They speak for the little guy? HA! The little guy needs Wal-Mart.
In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged the productive, inventive minds of the world are constantly belittled and attacked by the envious and agenda-driven in a society whose squeaky wheel gets the most grease. Sound familiar? R. Galloway
UPDATE: WaPo weighs in and surprisingly we are very much in sync on this here;
"I get a ton of email from a bunch of different sources. If I run a post specifically using information contained within an email, I will say so (you can see numerous instances of this being the case). Likewise, if I quote somebody or something, it's in a quote box. That's how blogs work (apparently, he didn't understand that). . . .
"Notice the part in question is in a . . . quote box. That means that I didn't write it. As for who sent it, I don't recall. . . . I knew that Michael Barbaro was going to write this piece of dung called a news article. I was reluctant to even talk to him, given the history of the NYTs and blogs/bloggers. I see I was correct in my reluctance. Never again, brother."
On the other hand, Pickrell, who attributed one item from a Wal-Mart flack to a "reader," was quoted by the Times as saying: "I probably cut and paste a little bit and I should not have."
Bob Beller at Crazy Politico's Rantings was also involved:
"When the article was in the works I pointed out to Mr. Barbaro that just like newspaper sources, Wal-Mart was going to a place they felt they'd get a sympathetic ear. . . . The WalMartWatch.Com folks didn't send the info the Washington Times because it probably wasn't going to be sympathetic to their cause.
"The portion of my story that didn't make it into print, and I feel is relevant, is that though I shop at Wal-Mart regularly, I don't blog about them because I agree with them on everything. I blog about them because I disagree with groups like Wal-Mart Watch, and the unions who fund them. I don't think the mainstream media, in any form, has taken to exposing who's behind them as hard as they should."
I strongly recommend you read the whole thing, particularly for CEO Richard Edelman's take on the blogs. This Washington Post article is the piece the New York
Slimes Times should have written.