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Business leaders wanting praise from the liberal media only need to embrace some left-wing cause. Promoting a conservative agenda earns scorn.
The Washington Post published a massive profile on Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack and his gun control advocacy on June 2. The profile, which appeared on the cover of The Post’s Sunday Business section took up a full three-quarters of the section’s front cover that day, along with three-quarters of an inside page.
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Although his actions — removing guns from some stores, raising age requirements and lobbying — were opposed by many of Stack’s customers, Stack was a hero to the Post because he “overhauled” his business policies and “didn’t stop there.”
Post national business reporter Rachel Siegel acknowledged the “swift” backlash from “gun-toting customers, pro-gun lawmakers, and the National Rifle Association (NRA).”
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Making them seem wrong and Stack sound good, Siegel added, “But on that day, Stack was focused only on the wrenching stories he was hearing [from victim’s families].” She said Stack considered getting Dick’s “out of the gun business altogether” just after the shooting and indicated it would’ve garnered “even fiercer condemnation from many customers” if he had done so.
While Stack attributed Dick’s recent decline in sales to gun policy changes, the Post story claimed that wasn’t “the sole root of its challenges.” The Post suggested that “competition for hunting and outdoor gear” had risen among rivals such as Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and Gander Outdoors.
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Siegel quoted Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel, who gave Dick’s “a lot of credit” for changing its policies on gun sales, but acknowledged that it would “struggle for a while.” That...
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