For years Wal-Mart has been targeted by critics who claim the nations largest private retailer offers substandard benefits. Today the company announced it would expand its benefits, correspondent Pat Dawson said, introducing a sound bite from Wal-Marts CEO.
But the move by Wal-Mart didnt satisfy the NBC correspondent, who aired only the left-leaning talking points of Wal-Mart critics: Andrew Grossman of the union-backed Wal-Mart Watch; Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.); and Peter Morici, an economist from the University of Maryland.
The real problem is we lack a universal approach to providing health care for low-wage workers, Morici complained.
Moments before Moricis comments, Dawson told viewers that Wal-Marts move to increase health benefits was welcomed by Wal-Mart critics to lessen the cost of government health care. States have acted because so many Wal-Mart employees, especially part-timers, are forced to rely on Medicaid or other state-subsidized health programs, Dawson continued, cueing Bredesen to say that forcing Wal-Mart to extend health benefits takes a huge burden off of our state.
But while Dawson gave air time to liberals advocating government solutions either government-controlled health care or government mandates on private businesses he ignored free-market critics of both approaches. He failed to include supporters of market-based initiatives like health savings accounts or defenders of The High Benefit of Low Prices, like Frostburg State University economist William L. Anderson .
Dawsons unbalanced report is just the latest example of the medias ongoing attack on Wal-Mart, recently documented by the Business & Media Institute .