Walmart Ads & Our East Coast Trip

Two journal entries follow:

1)Walmart Ads on NPR


2)What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

...they just happen to have been written on the same day.


In my continuing crusade against the Big Boxes, I thought some of you might find the following story on PR Watch of interest (via the New York Times):

BIG BOX BUYS BUDDIES NYT "Stung by criticism of its labor practices, expansion plans and
other business tactics," Wal-Mart "has become a sponsor on National
Public Radio," underwritten the "Tavis Smiley" talk show, and
"plans to award $500,000 in scholarships to minority students at
journalism programs around the country."

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman
said there's "no hidden agenda," but "we've really been in the
spotlight and I think that's made us especially sensitive to the
need for balanced coverage."

NPR's ombudsman wrote, "Wal-Mart
symbolizes values that some listeners believe to be antithetical to
the values of public radio." Mounting opposition has rejected or
stalled new Wal-Mart stores in California, Illinois and Louisiana.