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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Wal-Mart Feeds Bloggers a Propaganda Diet

Once again, that line between paid PR and actual journalism is getting kind of blurry. This time, the New York Times reports, the culprit is Wal-Mart.

At least Wal-Mart does not appear to be paying the bloggers who are spouting its press releases and pretending to raise independent voices of indignation--and to my mind, that's an important distinction compared to the "news" people planted and paid for by the white House (e.g., Armstrong Williams)--but still, it's deeply disturbing.


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