The Decline of ABC Continues
The continuing decline in journalistic ethics is the main reason there was a new Gallup survey signaling trust in mass media was at an all-time low. This can be exemplified in Lester Holt’s poor performance moderating the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (which will be brought up in another piece). The poll mainly talked about broadcast and print journalism – news media in particular. But as I’ve noted before, entertainment media should have been in that poll as well, because as Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center would say, entertainment propaganda is even worse.
The main reason is because the CEOs of major media companies are all registered Democrats, and have donated money and attended fundraisers for Democratic presidents and presidential candidates, more recently Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Not all media companies are bad though. For example, I’ve been a huge fan of works made by The Walt Disney Company ever since I was a little boy. Their revitalized feature animation division is putting out great stuff again, and Pixar has made fantastic work ever since their debut with 1995’s Toy Story. Not to mention the company still has wonderful tourist destinations, Walt Disney World in Florida is a good example of this.
However, there are other aspects of the company that have been pretty concerning. The live-action division has gotten very risk-averse as of late, making their non-Marvel and non-Star Wars work nothing but live-action remakes of animated classics (with The Lion King being the most recent example). However, the live action division of Walt Disney Studios not making any original work isn’t the most concerning situation the company is facing. What is most troubling is the behavior of the ABC television network, which has a news division that is constantly shilling for Hillary Clinton and has an entertainment division that promotes far-left propaganda under the guises of sitcoms and dramas, and has been doing so for quite some time. For example, television producer Shonda Rhimes – a committed leftist – had a character get an abortion set to the Christmas song Silent Night on her successful TV show Scandal.
ABC president Ben Sherwood is essentially allowing this to happen. Since Sherwood is also a member of the Center for Public Integrity, an organization led by far-left bomb thrower George Soros, it seems he’s happy that all of this is going on. There is no doubt that ABC has major problems. Its prime time programming is dead last, its cable channels including ESPN and Freeform (formerly ABC Family) are ratings disasters. And the network has also lost the broadcasting rights to the Harry Potter franchise to NBCUniversal, but that is no excuse for force-feeding propaganda to viewers. Consistently alienating conservative viewers who watch Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing is beneath the once-great ABC network. Sherwood apparently has no problem with them taking a sharp turn to the left.
There is no question that the emergence of news sources like Fox News and alternative news websites (such as The American Spectator) internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and of course the invention of devices like Apple TV have changed the way we get informed and entertained, but established TV brands – for example the premium cable network HBO – compete with class, not bitterness.
However, there is something wrong with the Disney-ABC Television Group, and if it continues, Disney CEO Bob Iger needs to go into greater detail about the problems besetting the network. It is hopeful that Iger will right the situation before his tenure ends two years from now, because he has the power to do it. Sherwood simply does not care what goes on at his network, but he should, and it’s time for Disney and Iger to remind him of that.