Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ba-Ba-Ba, Ba-Ba-Barbaro

Lee Scott took some good-natured jibes at frequent Wal-Mart critic and New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro.

Scott in his speech, when talking about new organic product lines, mentioned that "even some New York reporters are wearing a George tie you can buy at Wal-Mart for $11.99." Barbaro, who was tieless yesterday, was wearing a red tie today.

He also quipped at one point "you've heard of Lee's Garage." Lee's Garage is an internal Wal-Mart message board that Scott uses to communicate with Wal-Mart employees. Excerpts of messages posted to that board were leaked to the New York Times and published in a story by Barbaro. Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart tried to get much mileage out of the posts.

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