ABC News Promotes “Mulan,” Totally Ignores Disney Filming It in China

National   |   Scott Whitlock   |   Sep 10, 2020   |   10:20AM   |   Washington, DC

Journalism in 2020 may be a sad state of affairs, but ABC News continues to lead the pack in dragging down the profession’s reputation. Over the last month, Good Morning America has aggressively promoted the live action version of Mulan, produced by ABC’s parent company, Disney. The network repeatedly hyped its debut on Disney+. Yet, when ugly news broke that the movie filmed near brutal Chinese concentration camps, ABC censored the story.

As the MRC’s Nicholas Fondacaro reported on Tuesday, all three networks spiked the revelation. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning broke ranks with reporter Elizabeth Palmer explaining that the movie filmed in the Xinjiang: “Xinjiang is heavily policed with surveillance cameras everywhere. This is where the Chinese Communist Party runs so-called re-education camps where it’s detained more than a million local people, including Muslim Uyghurs and forced them to relinquish their language and religion.”

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ABC couldn’t be bothered with this disgusting revelation. Yet, on the September 4 Good Morning America, Tom Llamas previewed: “Now to a highly anticipated movie fans have waited months to see, the epic live action film Mulan hits Disney+ today.” Sounding like the good little corporate shill, Will Reeve hyped, “Disney+ Premiere Access members can start streaming Mulan right now before it’s available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4.”

Gushing over the movie that was filmed adjacent to brutal repression, Sam Champion on August 13 raved as he played part of the trailer:

You know, some mornings you need extra strength and that’s why we begin this morning with some major movie news. A brand-new action packed trailer for the highly anticipated live action Mulan. Watch as she takes on the huns with the strength of a raging fire.

Robo-promoter Champion then lied, insisting that the film would bring “honor” to , among others, ABC employees: “Disney releasing the trailer ahead of the movie September 4th Disney+ premiere. Safe to say, I think Mulan will bring honor to us all when we finally get to see it and Disney is our parent company.”

On CBS, Palmer explained just how problematic Mulan is:

Sharp eyes on social media even spotted a special thank you to Xinjiang communist officials in the credits. It’s not the first time Mulan has been at the center of online fury. Last summer during mass protests in Hong Kong where security forces beat demonstrators, Mulan‘s star, American actress Yifei Liu expressed support on social media for the Hong Kong police.

ABC’s shilling for Disney+ was sponsored by Liberty Mutual and Toyota. Click on the links to let them know what you think. Note: Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing writer to NewsBusters, its blog where this item first appeared. Scott’s blogs have been featured in the “Inside Politics” section of the Washington Times and linked to on the Drudge Report. He is a graduate of George Mason University. This originally appeared at Newsbusters.