The Exception to the Rulers

December 13, 1996

Jeff Cohen, director of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting(FAIR), gives input about the Ovitz resignation, and other Disney policies. Walt Disney Company announces the resignation of Michael Ovitz, a powerbroker in Hollywood over the past decade. Ovitz had given an approval for a movie about the Dalai Lama which had angered the Chinese authorities, leaving questions for why Disney would allow this.
Michael Eisener quoted on Disney take over of ABC suggests that Disney can accommodate other countries that prefer no political content in their programming, obviously a dubious comment for journalists working at ABC News. Because of this conflict of interest, the FAIR organization is part of a movement that seeks to make the broadcast tv news departments independent from the bias of their employers.

Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): Disney, ABC, ABC News, Eisner, Ovitz

Guest Names: Jeff Cohen