Why not claim the world is still flat? That’s more believable than saying ABC News doesn’t skew heavily to the left.

Via Politico:

Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the reputations of ABC News and ESPN at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday after one shareholder accused both networks of contributing to liberal media bias and the nation’s declining trust in the media.

Speaking on behalf of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, a Disney Company shareholder, Justin Danhof cited Brian Ross’s coverage of the Aurora theater shooting and Rob Parker’s remarks about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as evidence that Disney was responsible for liberal bias.

“Disney’s media platforms, from ABC News to ESPN, deserve their share for the nation’s skepticism — whether its ABC News reporter Brian Ross rushing to [falsely accuse the Tea Party] for the deadly shooting and massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, or then-ESPN columnist Rob Parker saying that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was a, quote, ‘cornball brother’ who was not down with the black cause because his wife is white and he is a Republican — liberal bias pervades Disney’s media outlets,” Danhof, the director of the NCPPR’s Free Enterprise Project, said.

“It’s time to stop denying the bias and do something about it,” Danhof continued. “Our company’s leaders should show the intellectual honesty to admit it exists, it is a problem, and let’s start working together on a solution.” […]

Iger told Danholf he respected his concerns and his right to share those concerns, but stood by both ABC News and ESPN programming.

“Our goal at ABC News and ABC News stations and at ESPN is to be fair and to present the news that they cover in as unbiased a way as possible. Without meaning to sound overly defensive, I believe that the body of their work in fact is fair and unbiased and unaccurate,” Iger said.

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