From this Tuesday's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart let Fox's Charles Payne have it for his defense of Wal-Mart and their role in the fire at the Bangladesh garment factory, along with his attacks on labor unions in the United States. He also let Fox and the right wing have it for using the Hostess bankruptcy as another excuse to trash unions, while ignoring the other reasons the company went bankrupt.
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Yes, there is a storm a brewin' out there.
SOMERS, KENOSHA COUNTY-About 40 protestors walked a picket line outside the Walmart here just as the store opened for Black Friday shoppers.
They are objecting to working conditions and the earlier and earlier hours for Black Friday shopping, which started at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Walmart is not the only retailer to launch Thursday night sales, but its workers have been the most vocal and active in protesting.
CBS 58's John Cuoco said the protestors were not stopping people from entering the store, and the demonstration was aimed at creating awareness over work rules, more than anything else.
Ah yes... somebody's got to look out for those poor, oppressed millionaires and billionaires and stand up to those evil union thugs and Occupy protesters: Malkin Reacts to Union Protests: ‘People Need to Understand That Big Labor Thugs Don’t Have Workers Best Interests at Heart’:
Unions are now flexing their muscle, targeting ports, airlines, and stores just as holiday travel and the shopping season kick into high gear. Adding to that, billionaire George Soros is reportedly urging people to join anti-Walmart protests on Black Friday, even if they don’t work for Walmart. Critics claim it’s all part of a massive effort to unionize Walmart’s 1.4 million employees nationwide, which could bring in billions in union dues.
According to Michelle Malkin, these strikes aren’t about protecting workers, but are about protecting entrenched big labor power. During an appearance on Your World, Malkin called the protests a “toxic combination of these left-wing activist groups funded by George Soros … along with a rag tag group of Occupiers across the country who’ve been fomenting this kind of agitation for agitation’s sake for more than a year now.”
She stressed, “People really need to understand that these big labor thugs do not have workers interests at heart.”
How many people think this hateful woman would ever put up with the conditions or the wages of those who are working these jobs at Walmart? She's got that wingnut welfare coming in which pays quite a bit more than those minimum wage workers make and she's more than happy to help Fox attack them in yet another day in upside down land on GOPTV.
Media Matters has more on their latest Soros conspiracy theory -- Fox Brings Soros Paranoia To Walmart Labor Protests:
If there's one thing you can say about Fox "news," it's that they're really not subtle. That was definitely the case here where Stuart Varney, filling in for Neil Cavuto this Monday, brought in the spokesman for Walmart to attack the Black Friday strikers where the segment was literally sponsored by Walmart.
Fox News ran a segment sponsored by Walmart that defended that company from workers who are planning a Black Friday strike.
In an interview with a Walmart spokesperson about the planned strike, Fox News' Stuart Varney did not mention the concerns of the company's workers, instead praising the company for "taking on" unions, asking if they planned to fire striking workers, and plugging the company's charitable efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Following the segment, Fox News ran a banner ad explaining that "this program is brought to you by Walmart," followed by an advertisement for the company's Black Friday promotion. [...]
Walmart has responded to the protests by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the strikes are illegally being led by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
At no point in the November 19 segment on Fox's Your World did Varney mention the purpose of the strikes, instead asking only the following questions of guest David Tovar, the company's vice president of communications:
- "David, you've taken on the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, I believe. You've filed this complaint against them. Is that enough to stop any walkout the day after Thanksgiving? Our viewers, maybe some Walmart shoppers, they want to know, are they gonna hit these roadblocks?"
- "Now you've filed a complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. You said 'hey, stop messing around with our business.' Can you sue them? Can you take them for any money if your complaint is valid?"
- "Yeah, David, I got it. I know you're out there doing your best for Walmart. But look, can you stop these protests? Will this complaint, this labor complaint, will it stop the protests?"
- "David, I want to know how sharp-edged you're going to be. You've got a fight on your hands. I want to know how rough Walmart's gonna be. For example, if some of your workers walk out, walk off the job on Black Friday, will you fire them?"
- "Would you agree with me that you're in for four tough years, because this administration is no friend to Walmart?"
- "One last one: the storm, Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast area, New York in particular. You're not allowed to do business in New York City and yet, I believe, you were handing out a lot of stuff to the victims of Sandy. Is that correct?"
You can read more about the Black Friday strikes here -- Support Walmart Black Friday Strikers.
The Occupy Wall Street movement called for a protest of some of the big chain stores on this, the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday and naturally Fox's Eric Bolling took the opportunity to mock them and distort the message they were trying to get out about which stores should be avoided and why. Bolling brought on "tea partier" Teri Adams whose group, Liberate America put out a petition to instead 'BUYcott Black Friday".
Raw Story has more on the protests that were planned here -- Protesters plan to Occupy Black Friday:
Across the U.S. on Black Friday, activists in the Occupy movement are urging boycotts of big chain stores.
At least 150 protesters were gathering outside Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan for an anti-fur rally.
Bolling showed a video from him standing outside of Macy's prior to his interview with Adams and claimed he only saw one person protesting there. I don't have any confirmation on just how many people attended that protest, but somehow I don't think we can trust Eric Bolling to get an accurate head count.
Bolling also misrepresented what the Occupy Wall Street groups were calling for, claiming that they were trying to get shoppers to avoid patronizing small businesses, when what they were actually calling for was for shoppers to avoid a very specific list of large chain stores, which you can read about in a couple of their posts on the topic here -- BLACKLISTED Retail Stores to Occupy (Boycott) on Black Friday and here -- Occupy Black Friday -- GO SHOPPING!!!.
For anyone not familiar with Teri Adams, you can read more about her group, the Idependence Hall Tea Party Association, which was also listed as sponsoring her petition in this post from Think Progress -- Pro-Voucher Tea Party Group Admits It Wants To ‘Shut Down Public Schools And Have Private Schools Only’:
November 26, 2009 CNN
REV. BILLY TALEN, "THE CHURCH OF LIFE AFTER SHOPPING": Well, we celebrate buying nothing day. Black Friday changes. It's a miracle to buy nothing day. We urge people to slow down their shopping.
JOHNS: A lot of people are going to buy nothing this year, given the economy and all.
TALEN: Well, sadly, there's a lot of pain and suffering out there. But some of those people that are jobless and broke and so many of us are finding new ways to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza this year.
JOHNS: And, you know, there are people out there who would say the responsible thing to do would be to tell people to go shopping, go ahead, spend your money. I think the president sort of has suggested that before. Why not tell people in a bad economy, spend your money, get the economy revved up and going again.
TALEN: I agree with what you just said. It is a bad economy. It can't be a shopping economy. Not 70 percent. And that's what it's been for the last several years. And that's just not working. We're trying to shop our way out of this economy to a new level of shopping. That's not working. We can't just be a debtor nation anymore. We can't just be full of cheap stuff everywhere made in sweat shops thousands of miles away with fossil fuel everywhere, plastics everywhere, and credit cards and everybody in debt. We can't continue that. So we're looking for an alternative.
JOHNS: So what's the relevance, though, really? If you're telling people stop shopping, and they've already stopped, what's your point, I guess?
TALEN: You stop shopping, but start giving. That's what the holidays are for. The good way to do that is to find your gift locally. Walk to your gift this year and buy it there. Buy it from an independent shop on your main street, in your neighborhood, in your community.