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Wal-Mart's Online PR Firm Roasted for Fabricating "Blogs"

In a move reminiscent of the pseudo-community groups that Wal-Mart created in Rosemead, Wal-Mart's PR company, Edelman, apologized for creating two fake pro-Wal-Mart blogs.  Blogs (like this one) are supposed to be genuine journalism or opinion writing by people who are (somewhat) independent of external influences.  It lets everyone be an op-ed columnist.

Edelman sponsored a pair of blogs that were pro-Wal-Mart, but were pretending to be genuine people who supported Wal-Mart for sincere, personal reasons.  They were lying.  Here's the Media Post take on it:

A pro-Wal-Mart blog called "Wal-Marting Across America," ostensibly launched by a pair of average Americans chronicling their cross-country travels in an RV and lodging in Wal-Mart parking lots, has been reduced to a farewell entry. One of its two contributors was revealed to be Jim Thresher, a staff photographer for The Washington Post.



Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in P.R. Campaign

Published: March 7, 2006

Brian Pickrell, a blogger, recently posted a note on his Web site attacking state legislation that would force Wal-Mart Stores to spend more on employee health insurance. "All across the country, newspaper editorial boards — no great friends of business — are ripping the bills," he wrote.

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