Disney Bans the LA Times From Seeing Its Movie’s Pre-Screenings

Posted 2017/11/03 0 0

Don't look for any upcoming Marvel or Star Wars reviews in the LA Times.


The Times annually publishes a Holiday Movie Preview, and this year, Disney isn’t on that list because the paper was reportedly barred for their “unfair coverage of [Disney’s] business ties with Anaheim.” Disney responded in a statement Friday that the Times’ series 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,” the statement continued.

Long time L.A. Times reporter Glenn Whipp, who broke the James Toback sexual harassment and assault story this year, also began a thread on Twitter explaining the statement and indicates the outlet wasn’t invited to “Thor: Ragnarok” press screenings because they’re under a temporary ban:

“The Los Angeles Times has been ‘put on pause’ by Disney, barring its reporters and critics from seeing its movies. Disney didn’t like the Times’ recent two-part story detailing Disneyland’s business ties with the city of Anaheim.

Disney’s action is a clear indication of how Robert Iger feels about journalism and a free press. Which is significant because Iger is said to harbor political ambitions when he retires from Disney in 2019. Is this how Bob Iger would react to reporters asking touch questions should he run for office? Also wondering: How does @ABC feel about this action?”

Disney has banned the LA Times for an unspecified amount of time, but they will for sure not be able to cover Thor: Ragnarok and The Last Jedi, the latter is one of the most anticipated movies in cinematic history. It's a blow that the LA Times will definitely feel, but the paper seems to be taking it all in stride.