Dismantling Wal-Mart’s Snarky, Critical Response to NY Times Article

Published On June 24, 2014 | By Michael Potter |


In a recent article entitled “Wal-Mart’s Response to the New York Times is Great”, published online by The Daily Caller, David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s Director of Corporate Communications, responds to New York Times columnist Timothy Egan’s article, “The Corporate Daddy”.

In an attempt to correct Egan, Tovar lamely attempts to take on the role of a professor correcting the errors of a naïve student. Tovar makes several dubious claims; many of which are listed below:

1- “We are the largest taxpayer in America.”

2- “Did you know? Wal-mart has hired more than 42,000 veterans this year.”

3- “Full time average associate wage is $12.91.”

4-“{We are the} largest corporate foundation in America. {We give} more than $1 billion in cash and in kind donations each year.”

Nice try, but let’s take a closer look.

1-The largest private employer in America can only be expected to pay one of the highest tax percentages. Also, Wal-Mart has received millions of dollars worth of government subsidies. Some estimates even put the amount close to one billion, which helps offset the loss incurred due to taxes and allows the company to expand.

2-And? How many of these veterans make a living wage and receive healthcare benefits?

3-That is all well and good IF you are hired on as a full-time employee. And even then you will likely struggle financially. An article from Business Week, published in October 2013, shows that over half of Wal-Mart workers make less than $25,000 a year. . These are poverty wages. The figures were presented by Bill Simon himself, the U.S. Chief Executive of Wal-Mart. He has also admitted to an increase in the recent hiring of temp workers. A recent Reuters survey of 52 stores shows that 27 stores were only hiring temps and 5 were not hiring AT ALL.

4- A lot of corporations give to charity; it only helps to temporarily feed, clothe and sometimes house the poor. It does not provide them with economic stability. And if charity if a major company concern, then why do the majority of your employees live in poverty as stated above?

There is only one statement I agree with in the article. We need certainly do need to :

“ focus on bringing back US manufacturing…and expanding education, training, and workforce programs, i.e. things that will make a bigger difference…”

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Michael Potter is an Anthropology major at UNC Charlotte. He studies History and Politics in his spare time. He is a great admirer of Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt the Kennedys and FDR. He also administers a Facebook group called The New Jeffersonian Democrats, and he also writes for the Examiner.
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