As if Wal-Mart didn't have enough of its own resources to get its self serving message across, along comes the NY Post to help the poor pitiful giant along. In today's paper, the Post's own Paladin, Carl Campanile, reprises results from Big Wally's commissioned poll-and reports on it as if the results were unquestionable: "City Council members are trying to stir up public opposition to block Walmart from opening shop in the Big Apple -- but it turns out their constituents love the big-box retailer. Walmart surveyed likely voters in the districts of 10 council members involved in fighting or investigating the nation's largest retail chain -- including vocal opponent Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron."
Has there ever been a corporate poll than has been given such unassailed validity? But Campanile did give us the end quote that helps put this propaganda effort into some perspective: "But opponents representing unionized department stores and mom-and-pop shops dismissed the poll by the non-union Walmart as propaganda. "I don't put any stock in a poll conducted and paid for by that corporation. I don't treat it with anything but a grain of salt," said Richard Lipsky, a spokesman for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and a network of Hispanic and Korean small businesses that fear that competition from low-cost Walmart would put them out of business."