May 14th, 2005

Do you suppose the Plain Dealer would have run this full-page advertisement for Wal-Mart? I’d like to think not, but we all know how desparate newspapers are getting thsese days. The Washington Post reports this morning in Wal-Mart To Apologize For Ad In Newspaper that the folks at the Arizona Daily Sun didn’t have any problems. Under a picture of a Nazi book burning in 1933 the Wal-Mart-approved text reads:

Should we let government tell us what we can read? Of course not . . . So why should we allow local government to limit where we shop?

The issue, of course, is a pesky Arizona zoning ordinance that would G*A*S*P prevent Wal-Mart from exanding a local store to include a grocery. Sound familiar?

My Soundtrack: Brave Hearts, New Scots Music by various.


  1. Daniella says:

    Bonjour Jeff,

    Newspapers are going to disappear as serious source of news and information unless they can re-invent themselves. The subscription that are dwindling are probably due to various factors, the availability of fresh news from the Web, their tendency to sell their political support to the highest bidder, the limitation of media themselves and the fact that so many people do not trust their objectivity. I browse various newspapers on the Web but I do not subscribe to any. There are some excellent papers in this country and those may survive but anything as main stream as the Plain Dealer will become just an advertisement rag to be purchase on Sundays for coupons unless it changes radically their editorial decisions.

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  3. Jeff Hess posts controversial image

    Jeff takes it a step further, posting the image Walmart is apologize for, questioning if the Plain Dealer would have run it, and pointing out that the ad was created because of a situation very similar to ours….

  4. Tim says:

    Funny, I bet if the same picture was used in an Anti-WalMart ad, it would be praised. Kind of like all the comparisons is using with President Bush and the Star Wars Films. They are being praised. You can’t have it both ways!

  5. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Tim,

    Well, as to Moveon, remember that it got seriously slammed for a political ad entry comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler that it DIDN’T use.

    And the last time I checked, Star Wars is a movie, not a documentary.



  6. Tim says:

    So it’s OK to compare people to movies but not documetaries when the message is the same?

    The point is, from what I can see in people’s comments, it’s OK to demonize things you don’t like, i.e. Bush and WalMart but if you used the same message in reverse it is terrible.

    I’m calling BS on you guys, not because of political leanings, because it is just plain wrong.

    Yours in Christ,


  7. Jeff says:

    Shalom Tim,

    You’re barking up the wrong tree.

    First, yes reality and fiction are two different things: the first is real, the second isn’t.

    Second, to your general comment; you’re absolutely right, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. That is why, if you read back in my blog, you’ll see that I don’t support lies and cheap shots from anyone. Case in point, my having taken up the cause for former Interior Sec. James Watt when he was maligned in a speech by Bill Moyers. (This was pre-permalinks for me so you’ll have to do a cntrl-f search for Moyers once you follow the link.)

    Thanks for reading.



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