I think that this story is only the tip of the iceberg. Consider:
Iger now bears ultimate responsibility for authorizing the product of a well-honed propaganda operation--a network of little-known right-wingers working from within Hollywood to counter its supposedly liberal bias. This is the network within the ABC network. Its godfather is far-right activist David Horowitz, who has worked for more than a decade to establish a right-wing presence in Hollywood and to discredit mainstream film and TV production. On this project, a secretive evangelical religious right group long associated with Horowitz, founded by The Path to 9/11's director, David Cunningham, that aims to "transform Hollywood" in line with its messianic vision, has taken the lead.
Now take this idea and move it itno the major news divisions at the networks, and it explains alot about the state of the Newtork Corporate Media today. It's not just "reporters" like John Stossel or Bernard Goldberg. It's producers and writers and a host of other believers who all committed to bringing the kind of bias to the news that they accuse liberals of doing. Don't even start me on Little Russ over at Beat the Press.
Just something to keep in mind as we start talking about the 08 race and what kind of media coverage the candidates will receive. It's not hard to predict. McCain will be the greatest thing ever and the Dem candidate will be a elite nerd who has no "charisma" and is too "political". It will not matter a whit who the Dems nominate. The GOP know the political media needs to be bullied into submission. The Dems still, truly, cling to the fantasy they will get a fair shake without ripping it from the still living corpse of the reporters that cover them. And don't count on the freak vote preventing McCain from getting the nomination. The Democratic candidate will be starting leagues behind the GOP nominee on the mind of the press. They better get used to it and act accordingly. Which, to put it simply, is don't trust them. Get your message out despite them, anyway you can.