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The Walt Disney Company has accused the LA Times of “biased and inaccurate” coverage of its business operations, and has seemingly banned the paper from pre-screening its latest movie releases.

To counter, several journalists from other news outlets are now boycotting reviews of Disney films, which includes upcoming releases of Pixar, Marvel Studios and Star Wars franchise entries.

The catalyst? The LA Times was critical of Disney’s business dealings with the city of Anaheim.

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The row flared after the paper published two investigative articles in September about the relationship between Disneyland, Disney’s flagship California theme park, and the city of Anaheim, just south of LA.

The author, Daniel Miller, wrote that the corporation used aggressive carrot-and-stick strategies to squeeze Anaheim for subsidies, incentives, rebates and protections from future taxes while reaping huge profits. The reports quoted and cited local politicians, including the mayor, Tom Tait, who said Anaheim had gone too far in accommodating the entertainment giant.

Disney feels that the paper was unfair, stating that “Despite our sharing numerous indisputable facts with the reporter, several editors, and the publisher over many months, the Times moved forward with a biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda. We’ve had a long relationship with the LA Times. We hope they will adhere to balanced reporting in the future.”

News outlets that have chosen to boycott Disney films until the LA Times is reinstated include The Washington Post, the AV Club and Flavorwire.

The LA Times is still covering other Disney news, though not always in a very flattering light.

[Source: The Guardian]

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