Wal-Mart To Apologize For Ad in Newspaper
By Amy Joyce
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 14, 2005; Page E01
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 group that created the advertisement said the ad was one of a series opposing Proposition 100. Other ads included a picture of a child praying and a person with duct tape over her mouth. "We wanted people to think about the freedoms we enjoy in America. The intent was wholly honorable and good," said Chuck Coughlin, president of Highground Inc., a Phoenix consulting company that created the advertisement. "We will not back away from substance of the ads . . . We will apologize for the use of imagery."
Fuck WalMart. No, really. Fuck them. It's not enough for them to close stores to prevent unionization, drive competitors out of business by using illegal predatory pricing schemes, violate child labor laws, and then get the labor department to agree to warn them 15 days ahead of any investigation they do in the future, set records for the largest amount of uninsured children of employees, and even decieve the public into believing their prices are lower by selectively choosing loss leaders.
No, that's just not enough. When they can't get into the grocery business of an area due to zoning ordinances, it's time to invoke godwin.
With their huge soft money donations to the republican party as well, I think it's fundamentally impossible for anyone who considers themselves socially concious to shop at walmart, as if that was news to anyone. Don't forget that Sam's Club is walmart too.