The head of Annenberg’s husband isn’t suing the LA Times for their reporting anymore

Dean Willow Bay’s husband decided to just ‘Let It Go’

Disney has lifted their ban on the LA Times that forbid critics' access to their film screenings, pressers, and other events.

The ban was put in place after the newspaper ran an article covering Disney’s business ties with Anaheim. According to Disney, the article "showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards.”

It's encouraging to hear about Disney's change of heart in their approach to journalists. It could otherwise have made for some awkward table talk in the Disney CEO's household, as Bob Iger is married to…Willow Bay, the Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

After the ban was publicized, other news agencies such as the New York Times and the Washington Post boycotted Disney’s events in solidarity with the LA Times. In a statement, the New York Times said, “A powerful company punishing a news organization for a story they do not like… is a dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest.”

Following growing backlash from other notable news agencies, Disney lifted their ban of the LA Times at their events. Disney said that they granted access back to the LA Times after having “…productive discussions with the newly installed leadership… regarding our specific concerns.”

Cue "It's A Small World"…

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