The future of world famous multimedia house, Walt Disney simply known as Disney could be jeopardized by latest hints of feud between the company and media outlets in the U.S.
Journalists in the nation have decided to boycott coverage of films and productions from Walt Disney Studios by way of showing solidarity with the Los Angeles Times which is currently blacklisted by the company.
Showbiz sites such as The A.V Club and Flavorwire as well as a pop culture columnist for the Washington Post, stated that they would curb their Disney coverage until the ban on the L.A Times was removed.
“It’s a dangerous precedent that Disney is setting: Write an unfavorable story—one that Disney hasn’t disputed factually, even—and it will blacklist your publication, punishing independent journalism by using its massive corporate influence,” wrote A.A. Dowd, the A.V. Club’s film editor.
The Times explained in an editor’s note Last week that Disney’s films were not included in its annual Holiday movie preview because of a story published by the Times in September which examined the business relationship between the company’s Californian theme park -Disneyland and the city of Anaheim.
In a rebuttal Statement put out by Disney on Friday, the company stated that while they work with news organizations, ”they don’t always agree with the Times” and that the Times ”Showed complete disregard for basic journalistic standards” in relation to the Disneyland story and that resulted in the embargo.
The A.V. Club on its part indicated that it was following in the footsteps of the Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg, who explained on Monday that even though she’s excited to see Disney films like next month’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” she can’t “in good conscience attend similar showings or write reviews in advance” as long as Disney is blocking the Times from press screenings.
She added that she doesn’t speak for the Post, and that until the Times’ critics are “treated like everyone else and welcomed back to press screenings,” that she’ll write about the films after they are released.
“I like a lot of movies that come out of the Disney corporate behemoth,” she wrote. “But I like journalistic independence from corporate influence more. This is a fine price for me to pay for it.”
On Monday, Flavorwire also joined the boycott saying that they would they would withdraw their free advertising provided to Disney which includes but not limited to reviewing their films, write-ups on trailers, production announcements and casting rumors.
Disney is currently the world’s second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after comcast and could be hit hard by this new development which is gradually taking over the media like bush fire. Meanwhile, All attempts by concerned media houses to get Disney to speak to the issue have proved futile.
By: Gabla Godwin/ Showbiz Network Ghana
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