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Sunday, May 09, 2004  

Eisner, Mr. Anti-Politics

Disney's chief Michael Eisner doesn't want to distribute (through Miramax) Michael Moore's new hard-hitting documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 because Disney is a family oriented company and doesn't want to get too political in an election year. FAIR does a great job of exposing HOW very wrong Eisner's statement is, as Disney's stations host the ABSOLUTE VILENESS of Rush Limbaugh's show and the 700 Club show. Graham has a post on Rush's recent awful justification of Iraqi prisoners of war. Two examples of family oriented TV and radio (provided by FAIR):

* Almost all of Disney's major talk radio stations-- WABC in New York, WMAL in D.C., WLS in Chicago, WBAP in Dallas/Ft. Worth and KSFO in San Francisco-- broadcast Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Indeed, WABC is considered the home station for both of these shows, which promote an unremitting Republican political agenda. (Disney's KABC in L.A. carries Hannity, but has Bill O'Reilly instead of Limbaugh.) Disney's news/talk stations are dominated by a variety of other partisan Republican hosts, both local and national, including Laura Ingraham, Larry Elder and Matt Drudge.

* Disney's Family Channel carries Pat Robertson's 700 Club, which routinely equates Christianity with Republican causes. After the September 11 attacks, Robertson's guest Jerry Falwell (9/13/01) blamed the attacks on those who "make God mad": "the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America." Robertson's response was, "I totally concur." It's hard to imagine that anything in Moore's film will be more controversial than that.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 5/09/2004 11:25:00 PM | |


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