Archive for the 'Working Families For Walmart' Category


Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The wet dream of any individual in the public arena, or any corporation desirous of only good press, is to own a media outlet that people trust: think NBC and General Electric or Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Over the years Walmart has attempted to broadcast a friend vibe, but that hasn’t always worked as […]


Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Walmart banged its corporate head against the suburban wall of Chicago for years before it hit upon the strategy of enlisting clergy and other leaders in the African American community to support its bid to bring manna to Chicago’s food deserts. The strategy worked. Al Norman writes that what worked in Chicago could be a […]


Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

… does whatever a smiley can he feckin’ wants. Jack Neff at Ad Age is clearly enamored with Walmart online. And just as clearly, Jack hasn’t taken a long look at the consistent way Walmart stumbles about in cyber space like a superhero with a cattle prod up his bum. On Monday Jack wrote: There […]

Not surprised. Only infuriated at Forbes magazine.

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I was going to stay out of the whole Minneapolis Fed thing because I have enough to do this week and since Robert got the gist of the study’s problem right in his first comment at Economist’s View: [U]sing counties as a unit of measurement is meaningless. This is the key under the lamppost effect. […]

Who do they think they’re kidding?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

PR Week covers the “absorption” of Working Families for Wal-Mart by the Death Star in Bentonville: BENTONVILLE, AR: Working Families for Wal-Mart (WFWM), the Edelman-run group designed to serve as a positive public face composed of supporters of the retailer, is being changed into a completely in-house endeavor. The company characterized the move as a […]

Breaking: Working Families for Wal-Mart is part of Wal-Mart.

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

“I do believe that it is a real group of real people, as far as I know.” – Richard Edelman, referencing Working Families for Wal-Mart in the New Yorker, April, 2, 2007. Yes, the title of this post is intended to be sarcastic, but it’s prompted by this alleged “news”: One of the battle groups […]

Wal-Mart has a blog.

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

No, really. It’s a blog, with comments and everything. It’s called Check Out and I think it’s the one that Jeremiah Owyang hinted at a couple of months ago. I’ll let the PR blogs (and if there’s one thing I learned from the Wal-Marting Across America controversy, there are a TON of PR blogs out […]

Missouri astroturf alert!

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

If you support Wal-Mart so bloody much, why won’t you put your names on your blog? Could it be that you all work for Edelman? Compare this: We are local small business owners, academicians, politicians, ordinary citizens, and Wal-Mart shoppers who support Wal-Mart to have a strong presence in St. Louis, Missouri. To this and […]

Can’t Working Families for Wal-Mart find a single working family with an e-mail account?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

My friends at Wal-Mart Watch have done me the honor of quoting my post on Edelman from earlier today in its entirety and it’s not even the Friday Blog Roundup! On second thought, I would be honored, except I’m sure the real reason they did this is because they enjoying razzing the overpaid spinmeisters at […]

Edelman is falling down on the job.

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I posted on CNBC’s interview with the author of the Global Insight Wal-Mart price study on Saturday. Margaret Brennan returns with a follow-up today: The world’s largest retailer has spawned this blog’s biggest response ever! The anti-Wal-Mart emails (some 655, almost all I would say from readers) keep pouring into the Retail Detail inbox. […]

“One big ‘ole atta-boy to those PR guys.”

Monday, September 24th, 2007

I think am the only person in America who still reads the “blog” at Working Families for Wal-Mart. Miranda has a new post up today about all the wonderful changes in Wal-Mart’s health care plan using this article from the Salt Lake Tribune. Of course, she snips the part when the reporter quotes the Wal-Mart […]

Looks like it’s “Pick on the Wal-Flacks” day today.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Here’s Brian White: Wal-Mart sees daily attacks from every media corner of the U.S., but rarely do we see anything but mis-directed quotes and deflection from Wal-Mart brass. If the company has a PR department, you’d never know it looking at the poor job that occurs. If employee health insurance, labor lawsuits and other issues […]

Wal-Mart workers vote with their feet.

Friday, May 4th, 2007

A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, Sarah Clark, said the various forms of compensation “show the value of the jobs that we offer. That is why thousands of people stand in line for these jobs. They are good jobs.” – “Wal-Mart Discloses Some Compensation Details,” New York Times, May 4, 2007. “When I came across this story […]

Human Rights Watch v. Wal-Mart, Part 2.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

$10/hour my Aunt Fanny. From the report: Current and former Wal-Mart workers shared with Human Rights Watch myriad concerns about their wages and Wal-Mart’s employee healthcare plans. Because uniform wage data and information on company healthcare spending are unavailable, however, Wal-Mart workers cannot accurately assess whether their pay and healthcare plans fall below the industry-wide […]

Smear opponents? Check. Jobs? Check. Repeat step two.

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Back on April 24th, Mike Ivey of the Madison [Go Badgers!] Capital Times referenced a WSJ article we’ve talked about before here: Here’s the latest Wal-Mart tax avoidance scheme, as reported in the Wall Street Journal in February 2007. Apparently, Wal-Mart has aggressively used a “captive Real Estate Investment Trust” or REIT, which is based […]