WOULDN’T SHAKE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The late Walt Dis­ney, who in tes­ti­mony be­fore Congress ac­cused the Screen Ac­tors Guild of be­ing a Com­mu­nist front, must have rolled over in his grave when Walt Dis­ney Co. CEO Robert Iger re­port­edly spouted “[ex­ple­tive] you” to Tom Borelli, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­search’s Free En­ter­prise Project, at the an­nual Dis­ney share­holder meet­ing on March 10.

Mr. Borelli says he just fin­ished in­form­ing share­hold­ers from the podium about Mr. Iger’s re­fusal to sell the DVD or dis­tri­bu­tion rights of the minis­eries “The Path to 9/11,” and upon re­turn­ing to his seat at­tempted to shake hands with Dis­ney’s CEO.

That’s when the not-so-kind words were ut­tered. At which time Mr. Borelli says he stepped back be­fore the mi­cro­phone and quoted Mr. Iger word-for-word, which caused “gasps” from the crowd of share­hold­ers.

“So much for the fam­i­lyfriendly Dis­ney rep­u­ta­tion,” he now says in a state­ment re­leased by the Wash­ing­ton-based con­ser­va­tive think tank and re­search foun­da­tion sup­port­ive of a strong na­tional de­fense.

A two-part minis­eries based on the fed­eral 9/11 com­mis­sion re­port, “The Path to 9/11” re­ceived seven Emmy nom­i­na­tions af­ter air­ing in 2006 to large audiences over the Dis­ney-owned ABC tele­vi­sion net­work.

The think tank sug­gests Mr. Iger, who is la­beled a long­time donor to “lib­eral politi­cians,” con­sid­ers the minis­eries too em­bar­rass­ing to of­fi­cials who served in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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