Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

TCA, Film Critics Assail Disney's LA Times Boycott As Backlash Builds

TCA, Film Critics Assail Disney's LA Times Boycott As Backlash Builds

According to the statement, Disney's actions are considered "antithetical to the principles of a free press and set a risky precedent in a time of already heightened hostility toward journalists". "This is a unsafe precedent and not at all in the public interest", noted a spokesperson in a statement.

Disney claimed that the stories showed "complete disregard for basic journalism standards" and were "wholly driven by a political agenda".

The New York Times had joined a growing media boycott of Disney on Tuesday, citing Disney's actions to bar the L.A. Times as "dangerous precedent".

The action comes as four film critics' groups took the extraordinary step of denouncing the media company's actions - and voting to disqualify Disney's films from year-end awards consideration until the news ban is lifted.

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Thus, for as long as Disney locks out the Los Angeles Times, this outlet will withhold the only thing we have of value to that studio: the free advertising provided by not only reviewing their films, but write-ups of their trailers, production announcements, casting rumors, and so on. Club website and Washington Post critic at large Alyssa Rosenberg announced they would boycott Disney screenings until the L.A. Times was allowed to attend them as well. The key line from that statement bundles the Disney action with signals coming from the White House: "Disney's actions. are antithetical to the principles of a free press and set a unsafe precedent in a time of already heightened hostility toward journalists".

"The annual Holiday Movie Sneaks section published by the Los Angeles Times typically includes features on movies from all major studios, reflecting the diversity of films Hollywood offers during the holidays, one of the busiest box-office periods of the year", the note to readers said. Disney's response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included. "But we'll just be seeing the films the way everyone else does - by buying a ticket to a public screening on opening weekend - then writing and publishing our reviews a little later than normal". Denying access to the LA Times meant that the paper's critics wouldn't see the movies until opening night and their reviews would appear at least two days later than those of their competitors.

The two-part LA Times investigative report examined the company's relationship and impact on the California city where Disneyland theme park is located. "We hope they will adhere to balanced reporting in the future".

The New York Times said in a statement Tuesday that it wouldn't attend preview screenings of Disney films while the LA Times can't, saying Disney's move is a "dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest".

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