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The Baltimore TV stations likewise dispatched perky reporterettes to the nearby malls to interview shoppers who had camped out for hours to take advantage of “doorbuster” sales and were wheeling their loaded shopping carts to the parking lot, to feed the cargo space in their minivans and SUVs. It was all treated as wholesome, grinny, American ritual fun. But as I’ve said before and will say again, because it’s my blog: None of these shopping mall parking-lot TV correspondents ever interview the floor employees and managers of these stores, who have to cut their holiday short to stock and get ready for ever more nightowlish openings (Kohl’s, for example, opened its doors at 4 AM), or inquired about the additional security guards needed to ensure a riot doesn’t break out once the flat-screen TVs or $199 laptops are sold out.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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