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  •  And another one for posterities sake (1+ / 0-)
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    because it was very specifically stated that Darden Restaurants, which own Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster, were tanking due to the President's health care plan.

    But Darden Restaurants state in the WSJ that:

    the struggling economy and changing tastes are forcing the company to update its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains to make them feel both more affordable and trendy.

    ...

     "Olive Garden was doing well for so long, that it was reluctant to change, and look what happened," Mr. Richmond [Chief Financial Officer] said. He acknowledged that customer traffic at the chain, which makes up almost half the company's revenue, had slipped recently.

    Olive Garden has attributed its struggles to a marketing strategy that highlighted culinary expertise rather than value. As it shifts to more price-focused promotions, the chain expects to attract more guests.

    In short, it says that Olive Garden didn't change its menu often enough and also that people don't like seafood as much as they used to, and that due to a struggling economy, value is more important to consumers, who are tired of the food at Darden Restaurants.

    Now, contrast these stories with those from sites like the Washington Post (and others, many others, like the National Review, etc.) which states the push from Freedom Works as "truth":

    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying off employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law:
    It then links to Freedom Works' story, which says:
    According to the Orlando Sentinel, Darden Restaurants, a casual dining chain best known for their Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, is "experimenting with limiting the hours of some of its workers to avoid health care requirements under the Affordable Care Act when they take effect in 2014".
    (note that while it says it links to the Orlando Sentinel, it doesn't, nor does the actual link go to the Orlando Sentinel, so in short, the source is a dead end here)

    So Freedom Works is spreading a story which, right here, is not what Darden Restaurants themselves have said. And this story is spreading throughout the RW parts of the media fairly quickly today. However, I don't find evidence of connections between the narrative being spun AND the specific statements made by corporate CEO's (other than with a select few, such as Papa John's).

    What a rabbit hole.

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