Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:
National Center for Public Policy Research Takes President Trump’s Fight Against “Enemy of the People” Media to Disney Shareholder Meeting
Disney CEO Robert Iger Claims ABC News “Extremely Fair” – Despite Wikileaks Exposure of Documents Showing Hillary Clinton Campaign Coordinated Coverage with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos
Claims ESPN On-Air Staff’s Criticism of ESPN Bias is “Completely Exaggerated”
Iger Claims ABC News Skepticism of Trump is Similar to its Skepticism of Obama
In Other Meeting News, National Center Ushers Defeat of Liberal Shareholder Proposal Designed to Stop Disney from Working with Pro-Business Organizations Such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Denver, CO/Washington, D.C. – Taken to task once again by the conservative shareholder activist organization National Center for Public Policy Research about political bias, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger dug in his heels so much at his company’s annual shareholder meeting today he claimed ABC News’ treatment of Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama is similar.
“I don’t think that Mr. Iger has turned on ABC News or ESPN in a very long time,” said National Center General Counsel and Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who attended today’s meeting and questioned Iger. “If he bothered to watch his networks, he would realize what President Donald Trump and millions of Americans do – that Disney’s media platforms are purveyors of fake news.”
In his prepared remarks, Danhof stated:
WikiLeaks also exposed an email from a top liberal donor to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman in which it was alleged you wanted “to be helpful” to the campaign.
Iger responded that he is “proud of the efforts of ABC News,” claiming that Disney-owned news organizations act in an “extremely fair way.” He claimed comments about ESPN bias made by Danhof and ESPN’s own staff are “completely exaggerated.” He justified negative news coverage of President Trump because “news can be an adversary.”
Danhof responded to Iger that coverage of Presidents Trump and Obama by ABC News and ESPN were not similarly adversarial.
In other meeting business, Danhof urged Disney investors to reject an anti-free speech proposal presented by Zevin Asset Management – a proposal that then was defeated. The proposal took issue with Disney’s association, and even any potential association, with pro-business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Rebutting Zevin’s attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association in particular, Danhof stated:
Zevin’s guilt-by-association tactic harkens back to an era when folks were asked “are you now or have you ever been…” That’s an issue Disney knows something about.
The National Center issued a press release on March 7 advising Disney shareholders to reject Zevin Asset Management’s proposal. The proposal, and Disney’s response to it, are available on pages 61-63 of the company’s proxy statement, which is available for download here. In preliminary results announced at the meeting, the proposal was defeated after receiving less than a third of shareholders’ votes.
“Corporate America is under assault from a twisted web of coordinated, liberal activists that pose as good governance proponents,” said Danhof. “From Zevin Asset Management, to As You Sow, to Ceres, to the SEIU, to the Center for Media & Democracy and many dozens more, liberal activist groups are seeking to use corporations as tools to advance far-left policies on issues such as health care and the environment. But more than anything, this movement is about ending one thing that many liberals simply abhor – free speech. Disney’s investors should be proud that they saw through Zevin’s false good government guise and rejected its anti-free speech agenda.”
“Today’s meeting was hijacked by anti-free speech leftists from beginning to end,” noted Danhof. “Using the Zevin proposal as a launching point, activists representing numerous liberal organizations demanded that Mr. Iger quit his role on President Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. These activists proved our point that the Zevin proposal – and the left’s overall corporate activist mission – has nothing to do with good governance. Rather, the left is in the business of creating enemy lists and dictating which politicians and organizations businesses can engage with. As the left fails to win the hearts and minds of the American people, they are now simply trying to silence those with whom they disagree. How sad.”