“you’re a nazi if you oppose us”

I find it ironic, as Wal-Mart has refused to sell John Stewart’s book and others over the years, but apparently they’ve been characterizing those individuals in Arizona who are campaigning against their growth as book-burning Nazi’s. Adding to the irony is the fact that Wal-Mart, until recently, was selling “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, the infamous anti-Semitic text… Here’s a clip from the Washington Post:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said yesterday that it made a “terrible” mistake in approving a recent newspaper advertisement that equated a proposed Arizona zoning ordinance with Nazi book-burning.

The full-page advertisement included a 1933 photo of people throwing books on a pyre at Berlin’s Opernplatz. It was run as part of a campaign against a Flagstaff ballot proposal that would restrict Wal-Mart from expanding a local store to include a grocery.

The accompanying text read “Should we let government tell us what we can read? Of course not . . . So why should we allow local government to limit where we shop?” The bottom of the advertisement announced that the ad was “Paid for by Protect Flagstaff’s Future-Major Funding by Wal-Mart (Bentonville, AR).”

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  1. Posted May 17, 2005 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Wal-Mart apologizes for ironic ad in a newspaper
    washingtonpost.com – Wal-Mart To Apologize For Ad in Newspaper Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said yesterday that it made a “terrible” mistake in approving a recent newspaper advertisement that equated a proposed Arizona zoning ordinance with Nazi book-burning. …

  2. Posted May 17, 2005 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    That’s almost hysterical.

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