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The Houston Chronicle reports that Walmart has come under criticism for selling a controversial t-shirt on its website.

The t-shirt has emblazoned on it the following phrase:

"Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.”

According to the story, “The ‘custom Hanes tagless tees’ are listed on Walmart's website for $18.99, and ‘guarantees the highest level of print quality on the market’.”

Since the criticisms of the t-shirt went public, Walmart has removed them from its site, though they continued to be sold online by the company that makes them.
KC's View:
Forgive me if I take this one personally, but this is the kind of stuff that is totally beyond acceptable.

The t-shirt may offer the highest level of print quality, but it features the lowest possible level of discourse. Of course, to some people it may seem reasonable because these sorts of sentiments are made acceptable by some people in power positions.

Freedom of speech is one thing, but manufacturing a product that incites violence against journalists - people who, for the most part, are just trying to write the first draft of history as honestly and effectively as possible - is disgusting.

Retailers ought to pay more attention to what’s on their shelves, lest they be identified with the mutterings and ravings of the ignorant.