Wal-Mart schmoozing -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Wal-Mart schmoozing -- UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2006 at 7:52 PM

click to enlarge unknown.jpg
Wal-Mart had the press into NWA today (no, critical pipsqueaks like us didn't rate an invite; though we did rate a notice from a Wal-Mart watch group about a competing news conference by Wal-Mart employees urging the company to treat its employees better). Reuters focuses on the company's vow to do better on health care. AP led with the company's push for more upscale goods to attract better-heeled customers -- better lawn chairs, fluffier towels and hiphop clothing for males. The Huckster was on hand to pi ... er, promote, the discount chain.

Speaking of Wal-Mart, Roby Brock's Talk Business blog today noted that the company is phasing out the smiley face. Enough caricaturing is enough, already.

UPDATE: Here's Stephens Media coverage of Gov. Huckabee's speech, in which he hypes the numbers on Wal-Mart health coverage (and a Wal-Mart watcher calls his hand). Also, His Shamelessness added:

"I know that you're asking why the governor of Arkansas would come speak to you today," Huckabee said in a speech before taking questions. "Is he a homer? Is he a lackey, a shill trotted out to say nice things about Wal-Mart? The answer is probably yes to all those. But I'll tell you why, without apology, I'm here. It's because I'm a customer."

He said Wal-Mart has empowered consumers by driving down prices of basic consumer goods, leaving families with more disposable income.

UPDATE II: A devoted reader leads us to a piercing link on the PR-fest yesterday by Wonkette. We wonder: Did Wal-Mart throw on a feedbag at Copeland's or Fred's last night? Wonkette indicates some bloggers of the kiss-up-to-Wal-Mart variety were invited to cover. And they have delivered as expected.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • ASU announces $29 million athletic project backed by private booster foundation

    The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved a ground lease with the Red Wolves Foundation which will take the responsibility for building $29. million worth of improvements to the football stadium.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Monday's open line

    Here's the Monday open line and today's news roundup
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Protest set on tax legislation

    A coalition of groups will demonstrate at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in front of the state Human Services headquarters at Seventh and Main to show displeasure with the Senate tax legislation.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Monday's open line

    • I personally find the whole "Personhood for fetuses" absolutely absurd. How stupid to insert it…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Vox pop: Mixed response to Capitol monument proposals

    • Here is a good news for those interested. There is away you can earn money…

    • on November 20, 2017
  • Re: Protest set on tax legislation

    • I am sorry about the debit to your grandchildren Razor, but if the GOP majority…

    • on November 20, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation