- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 5, 2004

Bruce Bartlett’s recent column (“A distorted lens on Wal-Mart,” Nov. 22) attacking the “Frontline” broadcast “Is Wal-Mart good for America?” is inaccurate and has a whiff of sour grapes.

While “Frontline” producers did extensively interview Mr. Bartlett, it was at his suggestion we also contacted Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute. Mr. Lindsey, along with others, made many of the economic and free trade points Mr. Bartlett claims were missing from the program.

In addition, the “Frontline” documentary quite clearly credited Wal-Mart with helping cut the cost of living and boosting U.S. productivity, while its strategies cut into good U.S. jobs.

As for Mr. Bartlett’s complaint that the Wal-Mart spokesperson was “ineffectual,” we should note “Frontline” sought an interview with Wal-Mart’s Chief Executive Office Lee Scott, who declined. Wal-Mart provided two spokespeople. We used both.

LOUIS WILEY

Executive Editor

“Frontline”

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