The newest CEO of mega-corporation Disney was pressed about left-wing bias at ABC News only to brag about its newsroom of professionals.
That denial left a conservative activist in disbelief.
Justin Danhof, who confronts powerful CEOs around the country on behalf of the National Center for Public Policy, confronted Bob Chapek at a recent shareholder meeting that was held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
When it was his turn to speak, Danhof pointed out that the media watchdog Media Research Center has documented the network’s lopsided negative coverage of President Donald Trump.
And Danhof wasn't done. He also reminded Chapek – and the audience of attentive shareholders – about the leaked video of news anchor Amy Robach. In a private conversation, she is shown telling a colleague how ABC News executives quashed her blockbuster report on Jeffrey Epstein that linked prominent people to the now-dead billionaire.
“I tried for three years to get it out to no avail,” Robach complains, “and now these new revelations and — I freaking had all of it.”
Danhof also reminded the powerful CEO about David Wright, the network's longtime political corresponent. ABC News suspended longtime Wright after he was secretly recorded complaining that the "truth suffers" when ABC executives ignore the important role of journalism.
"When I confronted Bob Chapek with this,” Danhof recalls, “he actually said his first step as Disney's new CEO was to go to ABC News headquarters in New York City, and he found they're nothing but professional, objective producers and journalists.”
Danhof says he didn’t ask the CEO to support conservatism and conservatives, just to be objective and fair, and to quit manipulating the news.
According to Danhof, numerous shareholders approached him after the meeting to thank him for confronting Chapek. Some also expressed disbelief at the CEO’s answers, he says.