Why Is Walmart at War With the Huffington Post?

At The Nation:

Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, has announced it will no longer provide comment to The Huffington Post, one of the nation’s largest news outlets. Walmart announced its new policy in a statement to The Huffington Post, which was published by The Washington Post Friday evening. The retail giant doubled down yesterday, charging in an e-mail to Politico that a Saturday Huffington Post story—for which Walmart had refused to comment–was “riddled with inaccuracies” and “reinforces our company’s decision to no longer participate in the Huffington Post’s one-sided rhetoric.”

Reached over e-mail, Huffington Post Executive Business Editor Peter Goodman accused Walmart of making a “false” assertion, and said he “can’t recall another company cutting off access in this fashion.”

The Huffington Post has devoted significant coverage to Walmart and its current labor struggles. Walmart’s new policy towards the outlet preceded the publication of Saturday’s story—indeed, the statement announcing the policy appears to have been issued in response to a request for comment for it. That statement cited “one-sided reporting and unfair and unbalanced editorial decisions made by Huffington Post reporters and editors.”

Read it.


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