Yeah, and my boss is a great guy

Apologies are important, sure, and the Globe did print a correction. But these after-the-fact apologies for having given some craven corporation with deep pockets a mouthpiece can sometimes have this feel to it: "well, I'll just put my hand in her purse and if she sees me stealing anything I'll pretend I was trying to break my fall." The Carpetbagger explains the situation behind my thoroughly unsupportable and clunky analogy:

"It seemed like yet another conservative op-ed column with the usual harangue against unions and in support of Wal-Mart. The piece in yesterday's Boston Globe, however, has a bit more of a back-story to it."

The Op-Ed itself attacked the teachers' union strike against the ungentle giant and defended the Walton family itself.

So who paid for it?

"The piece was written by Michael Reitz, who is described as the director of the Labor Policy Center for the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a nonpartisan, public policy research organization based in Olympia, Wash. But, as Boston Phoenix writer Dan Kennedy noted, the Globe left out some pertinent details."

"Such as the fact that Reitz's work is financed by the Walton Family Foundation, the charitable arm of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton."

"It's not like Google is hard to use." (The Carpetbagger Report)

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