This thread showcases what I hope will be a growing trend in America. Facts are beginning to be brought out to fight malicious stereotypes. The
excessive, emotional claims carried as clubs to beat down any discussion may now be threatened, and this article may be a milestone in that trend. I
hope it continues, and I hope this is as much an encouragement to you as it was to me.
Not surprisingly, The New York Times
(and many, many ATSers) doesn't care for Walmart. A columnist for the paper, Timothy Egan, wrote an
article entitled "The Corporate Daddy." The Daily Caller
link, below, discusses Walmart's response.
The response itself was posted on Walmart's blog and attributed to David Tovar, their Director of Corporate Communications. (Yes, I know you
desperately want to call it obviously false and biased. Try dropping your banner and try showing that it's wrong. Oh, it's snarky, all right, but
wrong?) I'll label The Daily Caller
comments with a DC.
“Thanks for sharing your first draft, below are a few thoughts to ensure something inaccurate doesn't get published.”
DC The retail giant apparently couldn't resist sarcasm after it found what it considered numerous problems with Egan’s piece in which he criticized
the company for paying its 2.2 million employees what he called “humiliating wages.”
“Walmart is a net drain on taxpayers,” wrote Egan in the missive. “We are the largest tax payer in America,” Tovar wrote in his edit. “Can
we see your math?”
DC The company also chastised Egan for using vague statistics.
“Walmart disputes these figures, claiming the average full-time store worker makes at least $12 an hour,” wrote Egan.
“Be specific,” reads Tovar’s edit. “Full time average associate wage is $12.91.”
“But these numbers are skewed by higher pay for management,” wrote Egan.
“False: Only includes associates paid hourly,” Tovar corrected.
“The average ‘associate’ at Walmart makes $8.81 an hour – poverty wage,” offered Egan.
“Argument incomplete — in this study, starting wage 3 years ago was $1.50 over minimum wage. That’s a good thing,” reads Tovar’s red ink.
DC On the topic of veterans, Walmart has won unlikely support. First Lady Michelle Obama, who made veteran hiring one of her top issues, praised the
company last year when it announced it would be hiring 100,000 veterans.
DC “Walmart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow,” she said in a statement at the time.
Egan pointed out that Walmart reaped $17 billion in profits last year, that it’s highest paid executive earned over $20 million and that the six
Walton heirs are worth $150 billion.
From Tovar; “Possible addition: Largest corporate foundation in America. Gives more than $1 billion in cash and in kind donations each year.”
DC Egan then cited an opinion poll to suggest that the public dislikes Wal-Mart.
“A new poll by Lake Research Partners found that 28 percent of consumers surveyed have an unfavorable view of Walmart – almost five times the
negative sentiment felt for Costco,” Egan wrote.
“Pretty sure any corporation, politician even media outlet would like to have a 72% favorability rating,” Tovar responded.
DC Egan did not mention that Lake Research Partners’ clients are mostly Democratic politicians and labor organizations.
No company is perfect, of course, and there are some who have a preference for paying more at "Mom and Pop" stores. That's fine, go ahead. If enough
people decide to shop at the small shops, they'll stay open. If people want to shop somewhere else, then they'll close. I totally agree. But this
emotional demonization and hysterical dishonesty about Walmart, or anything else, should stop for our own mental health.
It just hit me! Walmart has only done one thing wrong, all the rest has been invented. Walmart isn't unionized. Now I know why people hate it with
I expect there will be one or two comments. You can check the link first, if you'd be so kind. There's even more there. See you tomorrow.
edit on 24-6-2014 by charles1952 because: It's 1:30 in the morning and I had major editing to do.