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Disney Vs The LA Times

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Disney it’s hard not to love them, they do pretty much everything to keep you entertained. If it’s not an animated movie, Star Wars, Marvel Studios, theme parks the list goes on and on. And it seems like they’re in no shortage of press whatsoever. But for a brief time gap they banned the LA Times from early screening. The reasoning behind this is a little interesting.

Early in September the Time reported on an investigative piece on how Anaheim that host Disneyland, essentially gets away with a lot. A big factor due to how much money they contribute to the city. Being able to rent out a parking garage for one dollar a year, and roughly cost 108.2 million dollars in taxpayers money to make Even though they generate easily over $35 million in annual revenue just on that parking structure alone.

As well as Disney backing certain people for city council. They had came to certain city council members and gave them huge donations. In hopes to win them over for a favor. As well as donating  1.22million to 10 PACs supporting Moreno’s opponent of city council, Jordan Brandman who voted to approve lucrative incentives for Disneyland Resort. With Moreno fighting with a little to no chance to win this election had won with one of the tightest victories in Anaheim history.

Last friday there were two editors note in the Times that caught a lot of traffic. It was a list of all major movies coming out with for the holidays, but one movie studio was missing and that was Disney. And the note reads.

“The annual Holiday Movie sneaks section published by the Los Angeles Times typically includes features on movies from all major studios, reflecting the diversity of flims Hollywood has to offer during the holidays, one of the busiest box-office periods of the year. This year, Walt Disney Co. studios declined to offer The Times advance screenings, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with Anaheim. The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public.”

Disney response to this was how they were covered was unfair. As well as how they had informed the LA Times on what they were reporting on was false, ignoring the facts. Was solely driven by a political agenda. In response to this the reporter of the article tweeted that Disney never sent ask for a correction, then linking to a LA Times article.

Due to what had happened many huge news outlets banded together to boycott Disney. All claiming that they will not give them free press unless the lift the ban they had put on the LA Times. It even got as bad that four major movie critics groups announced that they had voted to disqualify Disney from their year end awards considerations, unless the again unban the Times.

After all the negative press it was reported that Disney had finally backed down on their stance. To avoid all possibilities to hurt them in the future. And now it seems like after this whole showdown between the Times and Disney that they are now back on talking terms, and working together once again.

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