Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NBC: HarperCollins' Chick-fil-A statement suddenly removed from Berenstain Bear's website with no explanation of why it was posted in the first place

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NBC news posted the following on its web site in a piece about the Berenstain family trying to keep its distance from Chick-fil-A, which is now promoting a Berenstain Bears giveaway after being dumped by the Jim Henson company, which no longer wanted its Muppets characters tarnished by an association with billionaire fast food tycoon Dan Cathy.
For a short time Monday evening, the Berenstain family message was accompanied by a statement from HarperCollins that read: “We have a long history of diversity and inclusiveness and are very disappointed to hear recent statements made by Chick-fil-A. After much consideration, we have decided to honor our previous arrangement, with the chain. We have no plans to work with them in the future.”
     By Tuesday, the HarperCollins statement was removed from the Berenstain Bears’ website and a HarperCollins spokeswoman asked NBC News to remove the image with the HarperCollins’ statement, saying that it contained “an unauthorized statement.” The company refused to provide further comment.

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