Mike Rowe responds to the never-ending backlash surrounding his Walmart commercial

Last week, Mike Rowe stopped by TheBlaze’s New York office to talk to Glenn about a myriad of things – chief among them being the controversy that has abounded after Mike lent his vocal chops to a Walmart ad that coincided with Walmart’s initiative to purchase $250 billion of American-made products over the next 10 years. Weeks after the commercial first aired, Mike is still facing a tremendous amount of criticism from those who believed he “sold out” by supporting a giant corporation like Walmart. Mike joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss the never-ending criticism.

“Mike Rowe is a good friend of the program, a good friend of hard work, a good friend of everybody,” Glenn said. “You know, I’ve never seen anybody work harder to say the right thing but to say it in a peaceful way, in a nice way, not take sides, just not be partisan at all. You’re not. You’ve never said, ‘You know, that Glenn Beck, I agree with him on almost everything.’ Never. Never. And I wouldn’t want you to because I like you kind of being that guy who just says the common sense things. And yet you’re being hammered, hammered.”

Mike attributed at least a fraction of the controversy to some form of ‘cognitive dissonance’ – the idea that when people really, really like something or someone and that something or someone disappoints them, it’s heartbreaking.

“When people you’ve been trained to sort of despise – who are corporations in this case – suddenly do something that you actually really agree with, you’re put in a state of confusion,” Mike explained. “In this case we’re talking about Walmart pledging to put in $250 billion of U.S. manufacturing, basically promising to buy a quarter of a trillion dollars worth of U.S. products over the next 10 years. It’s a very simple promise, but it’s very counterintuitive in a lot of people’s minds to what Walmart has become.”

“So when you’re confronted with that simple set of facts, which you can really reduce to one sentence on a piece of paper, your options are simple,” he continued. “You can affirmatively say that you want to encourage more of that behavior from other big companies, you can look for the fact that you don’t believe in it, and you can work very hard to cynically find the flaw or the conspiracy in the pledge, or you can shoot the messenger. And so these are the choices people are working through and there’s a fair amount of gunplay going on.”

During his appearance on last week’s show, Mike also shared that he and Ford would be parting ways. That has since been interpreted as Ford fired Mike. Since his job prospects are clearly bleak, Glenn offered to do Mike a favor.

“Here’s what I’d like to do. I’d like to offer that we’ll post your resume because I know you’re so desperate for work. You can’t find a job. Nobody will hire you. Nobody wants you to do anything,” Glenn joked. “Here’s how ridiculous this is: I can’t afford to hire Mike Rowe. I’d love to hire Mike. I couldn’t afford to get him to read one line for TheBlaze. But I’ll put your resume out on the page. I can’t make any promises, Mike, but I want you to hold onto hope.”

Ultimately, the fact that this kind of attack is happening to someone like Mike Rowe should be a cause of concern for any freedom-minded American.

“This is really bad. This is freedom of speech, and every American needs to understand Here’s a guy, he’s never said anything about the President, his policies, or anything else. He’s talking common sense,” Glenn concluded. “They take somebody like Mike who’s highly intelligent, very successful, very unique, and very, very public. And if you can crucify him, you scare everybody else down the line. It’s what bullies do.”

Watch the entire interview below:

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  • Deckard426

    For $250 billion, Walmart got a pack of gum (made in North America..Mexico), and a bill for $249,999,999,999. in administrative costs.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Mike Rowe that I why I am a Conservative and you should join us. Why because we will not call you a sell out as long as you are not selling out the Constitution. Join us.

    • Jimmmm

      I’d be willing to bet that Mike is pretty conservative. He just keeps it to himself which in today’s political climate is understandable. This is one of many reasons there are very few truly GOOD people in politics. The political machine will personally destroy anyone who is a threat to their power.
      No Mike is smart to stay out of the political rhealm. He’s a good man with a good agenda (which is totally apolitical) and a GREAT foundation.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

        He supported Obama in 08 but I admit people can change I hope your right.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Mike Rowe that is liberalism for you if you stand anywhere near Wal Mart the left are going to hunt you down like a Witch in the Dark Ages.

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      What really bugs the Libprogs is seeing all that money Blacks and Hispanics spend at Walmart.

      What really gets the lefts goat is that Walmart gives more jobs to minority’s than Obama’s failed economic policies.

  • Anonymous

    Mike Rowe has a tendency to be neutral and objective. This guy talks to everybody. He, more than any politician, Conservative OR Liberal, is completely in tune with the American worker, in a non-socialist, non-partisan manner. He knows one important thing, getting Americans off of their lazy asses and teaching them job skills is his only agenda. This man is an important American. Wal-Mart, for better or for worse, represents a lot of things, but one of them is employing people. They employ more Americans than any other entity outside of the government. I’m not opposed to Mike Rowe. He’s a pretty clear headed man.

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  • Anonymous

    All of this is nothing more than truth being said by Mike and progressives HATE it. It is against just about everything that obummer is for. And people who are against Walmart are plain blind. Walmart wold not be this big if people didn’t support them in the first place. As for the unions, it is best to just IGNORE what they say or what they stand for.

  • Anonymous

    Liberals/progressives can’t handle the truth. They have their heads so far into the sand that they don’t know something good or honest or true when it is right in front of them. I almost pity the poor fools.

  • landofaahs

    It doesn’t matter if Wal-Mart pays more wages and benefits than other chain stores. It doesn’t matter if they deliver what their customers what they want at competitive prices. But they are successful and non- union and liberals/democrats cannot stand success that is not run and controlled by government. I shop at Wal-Mart because I can’t stand liberals.

    • Anonymous

      I buy all of my food, personal hygeine items, and electronics at Wal-Mart. All of those things are CHEAP AS HELL and in the same place! So I really have no beef with the place lol. And yes, anything that is non-union is like Satan to a liberal. Freedom to disagree with how they feel does not exist in their minds.

  • Chuck T

    What I think (and hope) Mike understands is that no matter what he does, short of total surrender, the Leftists who are persecuting him will never quit.

    It comes down to a simple paradox: Mike is trying to save the country, one job at a time. The bitter Left is trying to destroy the country, as many lives as possible.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    The only people attacking Mike Rowe are Progressives Liberal Democrats. Pure and simple.

  • Oldmech

    Oddly enough, Mike Rowe is going in the same direction as the CEO of Snap On Corp. I think all true Americans should look up the interviews done with the CEO at OKhorizons. (Oklahoma public television) Watching those interviews I was pleasantly surprised and had to agree with the man.

  • RevJules

    Mike Rowe and Walmart. Whodda thunk it? Let’s see, Mike wants to put more people to work earning their way, and Walmart employs people enabling them to do just that. No wonder the left is targeting both for vitriol and demonization. The left’s policies and programs don’t seem to be able to accomplish much of anything(including the ocare forcing more folks out of work), so, in steps Mike and Walmart. Bang! The left start the campaign to decry anything and everything the pairing of these two are promoting. Must be skeered of what the results will be if they accomplish what they start out to do. The left(including the unions) will probably do all they can to squelch the efforts. Regulations from all the alphabet soup agencies will try, guaranteed.
    Kudos to Mike and Walmart for common sense solutions to the employment problem.

  • Raj Err

    The Saint-Simonians coined the word “individualism” to describe the free and competitive culture that their centralized control opposed.

  • http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews Ray Tapajna

    Walmart practices cruel economics not concerned about workers right to property. Workers’ labor is their property and they have a right to protect it. Pope Leo in the late 1880s wrote about this in his economic encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this encylical, Pope Leo defines the right to property. A business owner has a right to make to make or grow something and to make a reasonable markup so that they can enjoy a decent life. However, the same applies to those he uses in his business to enjoy a profit. An owner needs to make sure all those working for him, make enough money to enjoy a decent life too. Free trade came and companies like Walmart tossed all this to the winds for the sake of making money on impoverished workers across the globe.

    My artwork, The Sacrilege, Walmart built in the graveyard of the steel industry, is based on Walmart building a store in a location where once thousands of steel workers made a middle class living. The steel industry was doing fine until the investment communities took over. Unfortunately, they knew nothing about making steel and their focus was just about making money on their investments. This is the problem of free trade because the investments are divorced from production. The act independently of production so that they can do anything they want to create money without being bothered by the right to property of workers which is their labor.

    Rerum Novarum also held that workers have the right to organize as one especially when something like this happens.

    Free trade remains the major cause of our economic crisis. Our consumption economic processes are running out of consumers who have enough money to support the process. There are more than a billion people in the world who are willing to work for practically nothing to survive. So the supply of impoverished workers is endless. In the more prosperous nations, a working poor class has replaced the production working middle class. The working poor classes are finding it more and more difficult to afford even the cheaper imports. Walmart cut out the very element they need to survive themselves – enough consumers with enough money.

    Now after President Obama bailed out big money interests, the investment communities, Wall Street, banks and the “too big to fail’ corporations, we all are now living off a system that is based on mortgaging the future and in essence taking tariff off products and putting them on future generations of workers. It is a no win situation in this new corporate welfare world. I have yet to hear any Conservative complained about taking our their part of the bail out.

    See http://tapsearch.com/flatworld http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews and http://tapsearch.com/clinton and if you search under this art title Double Talk Clinton Years American Dream Reversed, you will find millions of references and resources. Since the late 1980s and during the 1990s, millions of workers lost their jobs. More than a million workers in the computer industry lost their jobs with thousands of computer businesses and hundreds of major computer manufacturers closing down. What took thirty to forty years to develop quickly vanished as President Clinton gave away our high technology to the Chinese.

    This is what it is all about and people like Mike Rowe should know it by now. It was a Dirty Job performed by the past four globalist free trader presidents.

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