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Monday, October 16, 2006

Blurry vision for Wal-Mart blog

CNET News.com: "A photographer for the Washington Post found himself in hot water earlier this month, after it was disclosed that he had done some freelance work for Wal-Mart.
Jim Thresher shot photos for a pro-Wal-Mart blog during a cross-country trip. The paper has ordered him to remove the photos and to repay travel expenses covered by Working Families for Wal-Mart, a group that advocates for the chain and used the photos on its Web site, Editor & Publisher reported.
The incident caused both old and new media to shake their heads. Traditional media analysts focused on the ethics of a photographer working for a company that he may be required to cover, and many bloggers were outraged over the creation of a 'fake' blog. Wal-Mart's PR firm, Edelman, also came in for its share of abuse."
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