Houston Chronicle: Halliburton exceeds bounds of prudent commerce
8 Aug. 2004
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- "Corporations exist to make a profit," Halliburton's home town newspaper, the Houston Chronicle, professed in its Aug. 5 editorial. "The list of Halliburton's tribulations, however, suggests that the company has a tendency to exceed the bounds prescribed for prudent commerce," the newspaper said, citing numerous civil and criminal investigations. In the editorial, titled "Public Relations Gaff: Sometimes Halliburton is its own worst enemy," the Chronicle slammed Halliburton for its recent decision to sue retirees who complained about the company's termination of health insurance benefits. "It was a blunder on a par with the cattle industry's decision to sue Oprah Winfrey, or Fox News' lawsuit against author and liberal talk radio host Al Franken for using 'fair and balanced' in the title of his latest book." The newspaper complained that, "After advertising the pride it takes in its employees, their unique skills and their devotion, Halliburton has the temerity to sue retired employees who complained about losing benefits...." The Chronicle endorsed the Bush/Cheney ticket in 2000 and has regularly endorsed Republican presidential campaigns for 30 years.