Archive for the 'Paid Critics' Category

Has Working Families for Wal-Mart Gone the Way of the Dodo?

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Mark Rose has yet another interview with Richard Edelman at PR Blog News. His answer to the inevitable Wal-Mart question is really interesting: Edelman overshadowed its clients Wal-Mart and Microsoft when its blog practices were questioned prominently in mainstream media. What lessons did you learn from that experience? I am proud of our blogging work […]

“Paid Critics” is no more.

Friday, March 30th, 2007

I always got the feeling that I was the only person who ever read that poor excuse for a blog. Now I’m guessing I might have been right: For the last few months, Working Families for Wal-Mart has been covering the paid critics on this blog. It has exposed their hypocrisy and their over the […]

Back to the Employee Free Choice Act

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Please excuse me for expanding the parameters of this blog a little bit, but like my post on Dick Cheney a couple of nights ago, this essay will also come around to Wal-Mart before the end. It looks like the campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act is in full swing. As a labor historian, […]

Thursday Afternoon Roundup

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

* Disgraced Wal-Mart executive Tom Coughlin has to give another deposition in Dukes vs. Wal-Mart because the plaintiffs’ attorneys are afraid he may not survive long enough for the trial to actually start. * Wake-Up Wal-Mart has started a petition to protest those Nazi t-shirts. * It is my honor and privilege to provide you […]

Work for Wal-Mart and they think they own you.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Brian, the better-paid critic at Edelman’s “Paid Critics” offers his usual “bad cop” portrayal of this story out of Rhode Island’s Pawtucket Times. What he doesn’t tell you is why they were protesting: The union officials were particularly irked that Wal-Mart is lobbying to get rid of a state law that requires that workers be […]

Wal-Mart Watch Mailing

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

I just got a slick fund raising piece in the mail from Wal-Mart Watch. It contained a letter from executive director David Nassar, a donation slip and reply envelope, and a tri-fold pamphlet highlighting the principle concerns over Walmart. Visiting their web site provides only slight information about who this group is. Obviously with Andy […]

Paid Critics Hits New Low

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Brian McNeill, the better-paid critic employed by Edelman to smear Wal-Mart’s union opponents, is concerned that Wake-Up Wal-Mart is exploiting children. This is coming from someone working for a wholly-owned astroturf creation of a corporation whose suppliers employ Bangladeshi children for pennies an hour for 80 hours/week and which created “Wally” and “Marty” to enlist […]

Brian McNeill’s “Double Secret” Wal-Mart Boycott

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Like Joseph Parente of Rescue Pittsburgh before him (who at least has the fact that he’s unfailingly polite going for him), it seems that our friend Brian McNeill of Edelman’s “Paid Critics” is having a little trouble with the meaning of the word “boycott.” While I was on pre-holiday hiatus last week, he wrote what […]

A Challenge to Edelman PR

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Richard Edelman has a very nice blog. He even allows comments on his blog. He also has two other blogs, (better) paidcritics and working families for Wal-Mart. These blogs do not allow comments. Why? Mr. Edelman and his “Me2Revolution” are constantly telling us that we require a public “conversation”. A two-way conversation. Now in the […]

A Tool for Brian and Miranda

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Did Brian McNeill of (better) paid critics and Miranda Grill of Working Families for Wal-Mart jobs, at Edelman Pr, just get easier? Do they get the benefit of Phil Gomes “push button”, “fill in the blank” story crafter? Is storycrafter designed for the use of the hopeless idiots at Wal-Mart? I really find the PR […]

A Lesson on Recent Labor History Written Especially for Brian McNeill

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Dear Brian: I don’t know if you’ve been writing all the posts at “Paid Critics” (as your name has only appeared there recently), but this seems likely as I keep seeing the same tired anti-union arguments come up there in different forms over and over again. I’ve been reading your stuff from the moment your […]

A Somewhat Rambling Discussion of Market Power

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

It was nice to see Raven from “And Rightly So!” denounce the Reverend Flip this morning – Not just because people like that need to be mocked from all ends of the political spectrum, but because the Reverend’s campaign plays directly against the classic stereotype of a Wal-Mart opponent. Conservative, the media and, of course, […]

Exactly the kind of argument you’d read in “Paid Critics”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

From Voice of San Diego: With upward of 2,000 community members anticipated at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the gathering promises to be an unusually large civic exercise in chambers more accustomed to sparse crowds. And with elected leaders scheduled to decide whether to ban Wal-Mart Superstores and regulate most other types of big-box retailers in […]

Will this be the end of “Paid Critics?”

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Obviously, this is the story B.L. Ochman was talking about last week. From Media Post: PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY EDELMAN WILL likely need to completely overhaul its online blogging strategy for its large retail client Wal-Mart if it hopes to maintain its membership in the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. Earlier this month, Edelman was placed […]

Doesn’t Wal-Mart Have a Better Response Yet?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Wal-Mart responds to the mislabeling of organic food charge Robert reported on below: In an e-mail, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen A. Burk wrote “it’s hard to take their claims seriously” and said one of the group’s founders, Mark Kastel, had worked for a Wal-Mart rival. Kastel was a consultant for Organic Valley, a national farming cooperative […]