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Walt Disney Animation/ABC in Burbank. (Raul Roa/Staff photographer / January 19, 2013)

Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger faced tough questioning about alleged liberal bias at Disney-owned ABC News and ESPN during the entertainment company's annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Justin Danhof, a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank, told Iger that he believed this bias — which he said was apparent in ABC News reporter Brian Ross' coverage of the July 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. — could decrease Disney’s advertising revenue because so many Americans are conservatives. Ross speculated on air that James Holmes could be linked to the tea party; ABC News apologized for the mistake.

In response, Iger conceded that “over time, we have been guilty of making mistakes,” while declining to address specific instances of bias.

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-- Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times