Shakedown attempt targets giant Minnesota-based retailer. MoveOn orders boycott of 1,700-plus Target stores. It fails, even though touted by a falsely-premised TV spot — which is rejected by one network, MSNBC-TV. Back-to-school shopping public does not buy into boycott. Target sales increase. The whole squalid story of a tawdry attempt at a shakedown is here… and in Larson’s previous article, “Boycotting Target: Ideological Thuggery at Work.”
Swooping in like carrion-sniffing vultures, folks associated with “gay rights” tried but failed to shake down Target Corp., the nation’s second largest retailer, amid threats – now carried out – of a nationwide boycott. All the hoopla is based on a legal political contribution the company gave to a pro-business group in its home state, and mine, Minnesota.
A “human rights group” tried to pressure the company to hand over at least $150,000 for its grievous sin of giving that amount to a business-favoring group. By any other name, it amounted to a variation of the old protection racket: You pay us, and you’re home free.
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Thanks to Target’s resoluteness, the gambit failed. Meanwhile, ultra-liberal billionaire George Soros-backed MoveOn made its move on 1,700-plus Target stores in 49 states. Boycott is the name of its its game. To date the MoveOn effort falls flat, even supported by patently false advertising. Same-store Target sales are up for the same month. There is simply no stopping the back-to-school shopper crowds. Target earnings, even in an economic slump, continue strong for this second largest retailer in the nation. (Is Walmart, one wonders, next for a boycott? Sears?)
Read More: By Gary Larson, Intellectual Conservative