CNNMoney’s dumb list of 101 dumbest moments in business

CNN Money just came out with their 101 Dumbest moments in business. Dumb is defined as “dense: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity” So genuine accidents are NOT dumb. If an idea doesn’t work, doesn’t mean that it was a dumb idea!

The list is kind of dumb - literally: it is lacking in intellectual acuity.

Their number 1 dumbest moment is Walmart’s PR campaign.

Dubbing its campaign “Candidate Wal-Mart,” the firm trumpets all manner of new Wal-Mart initiatives: improved employee health-care benefits, higher starting pay levels, new stores in downtrodden neighborhoods, reasonably priced organic foods, and a flat $4 fee for hundreds of generic prescription drugs.

Now what was so dumb about this? It was a great effort and in an election year, it made sense. Sure, Walmart’s profit dropped last year, but it had nothing to do with the PR campaign.

CNNMoney’s number 31 Goldman Sachs aggressively defended their name against an adult business with domain name goldmansex.com. That was the right thing to do; when did it become dumb to protect one’s brand name? Come again, what was dumb about this one?

Number 65: CIA advertises on Comedy Central with a tag line “Are you ready for a world of ambiguity and adventure?” This I thought was brilliant - trying to capture the hip audience that Comedy central has managed to acquire.

I think this is the dumbest thing CNNMoney has published!

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One Response to “CNNMoney’s dumb list of 101 dumbest moments in business”

  1. By Prescilla on Jan 24, 2022 | Reply

    Yes, I agree but a couple of them were funny - Greece including the prostitution and black market activities in the GDP to inflate it a bit and in the process loosing $500M in aid from the European union. Now thats dumb!

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