One story that got some traction over the weekend was how in the wake of publishing a two-part story about Disney’s impact on the city of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times has found its critics and reporters banned by the Mouse House from advanced coverage of their movies.
Now, Disney has defended their actions with a statement (via The Wrap) saying the aforementioned Times pieces were ‘biased and inaccurate’ and say the reporting wasn’t fair and balanced:
“We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don’t always agree with, but in this instance, the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards. Despite our sharing numerous indisputable facts with the reporter, several editors, and the publisher over many months, the Times moved forward with a biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda – so much so that the Orange County Register referred to the report as ‘a hit piece’ with a ‘seemingly predetermined narrative.’ We’ve had a long relationship with the L.A. Times, and we hope they will adhere to balanced reporting in the future.”
It is entirely within Disney’s rights to refuse access to its talent and properties or privileges such as advance screenings. Even so, the move has been dubbed petty by Flavorwire who has written a statement saying: “Thus, for as long as Disney locks out the Los Angeles Times, this outlet will withhold the only thing we have of value to that studio: the free advertising provided by not only reviewing their films, but write-ups of their trailers, production announcements, casting rumors, and so on. We will not cover any Disney releases, nor those of subsidiaries Marvel or Lucasfilm (no, not even that one) as long as the Times ban stands.”