Disney CEO Bob Iger had to defend ABC News and ESPN against one shareholder's charges of "liberal bias" at the company's annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Justin Danhof, a shareholder and a representative of the conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research, raised the charges at the meeting. He alleged that "liberal bias pervades Disney's media outlets," pointing to when ABC News' Brian Ross incorrectly suggested that the shooter in Aurora, Colorado had ties to the Tea Party.
"I'm not asking that you turn ABC News into Fox News, or that you start airing Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh daily on ESPN," Danholf said. "I'm just asking you to start playing it straight with the American people. Stop the bias and return to an era of honesty and objectivity in the news."
Iger defended both networks, saying, "Without meaning to sound overly defensive, I believe that the body of their work in fact is fair and unbiased and unaccurate."
"We have at times either presented the news in slightly inaccurate ways through mistakes or in ways that we weren’t necessarily proud of,” he conceded. “But I firmly stand behind the integrity of our news organizations."