WATCH: As Walmart soaked up praise on national TV, local news chronicled devastation of mass layoffs

A study in contrasts.

CREDIT: Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
CREDIT: Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

This morning, Walmart announced it would provide bonuses of up to $1,000 to its employees. While the one-time payments amounted to just 2% of the windfall the company received from Trump’s corporate tax cut, the company received laudatory coverage on national TV.

Meanwhile, a much different story was playing out on local news broadcasts across the country. Walmart used its bonus announcement as cover for the abrupt closure of dozens of its Sam’s Club stores nationwide, resulting in thousands of layoffs. The local news covered the quiet devastation as employees showed up to find their workplaces shuttered.

This video chronicles the remarkable contrast: