Ms. Geek Speaks: Writing the Misleading Truth

One can write the truth and be misleading and that can lead to stupid statements. In this case, a Business Insider article by Connor Perrett, “Disney heiress says Kobe Brian ‘was not a god’ in lengthy Twitter thread about rape allegations,” states the truth, but only if we are concerned with the accomplishments of Abigail Disney’s grandfather and not her own.

It is true that Abigail Disney is an heiress.

The 60-year-old, who is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney — a cofounder of the Walt Disney Company — had in a tweet January 29 shared an op-ed from the Washington Post about allegations Bryant faced some 17 years ago, writing “The man was a rapist. Deal with it.”

On February 1, the Disney heiress, who has a net worth of over $120 million, doubled down on her previous statement, offering new commentary on Bryant, who died January 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

I guess it is probably true that she has a net worth of over $120 million.

One of the reactions to Disney’s tweet that Perret reported was:

“Breaking: bored heiress of a multimedia empire has nothing better to do on a Wednesday because her life is completely empty & meaningless,” one Twitter user said in a tweet that was retweeted more than 120 times.

HarokellsLLC was quoting Neel Bhula who is on Twitter to provide: “hot takes in tech, finance & media.”

Neither Need Bhula nor the article writer Perrett used technology to get hot takes on Disney. Abigail Disney is more than an heiress. In 2017, she won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Social Issue Documentary) for an Independent Lens episode, “The Armor of Light.” It was a shared Emmy, but she was also co-director (with Kathleen Hughes) and her co-producers (Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Eva Anisko and Amy Shatsky-Gambrill, Hughes and Gini Reticker, but Disney was also the writer on this documentary about Evangelical minister Reverend Rob Schenck who questions a pro-gun stances for people who are pro-life.

Disney had also shared a 2014 Emmys (Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form and Best Documentary)  for another Independent Lens episode: “The Invisible War,” on which Disney was an executive producer. “The Invisible War” was a documentary about rape within the US military. It is astonishing that the writer for Business Insider wouldn’t mention this, particularly when in her Tweet, Disney states that she was the victim of assault.

Disney also shared an Edward R. Murrow Award (with Pamela Hogan, Reticker, Nina Chaudry, Peter Bull, Claudia Rizzi, Oriana Zill de Granados and Johanna Hamilton) for the 2011 “Women, War & Peace” for which she served as story producer but also writer for “Peace Unveiled,” one of the five episodes.

Disney is the CEO of Fork Films, a company that she founded with Reticker which focuses on social issue documentaries. None of this was included in the article, but it should be relevant in discerning who Abigail Disney is. She is more than the granddaughter of Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney. By omitting her achievements from the article, Perrett wrote the truth, but the article was still misleading.

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