Why a Fox-Disney deal would only breed more Hollywood corruption

What the industry desperately needs now is more accountability — not less

Mickey Mouse is skeptical.
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Hollywood's top mogul of yesteryear, Harvey Weinstein, has been driven into hiding following scores of accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape that span decades. Another powerful producer, Brett Ratner, has suddenly dropped out of sight after an avalanche of similar accusations, ending a powerful partnership with Warner Brothers. Kevin Spacey, one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors and a high-profile producer in his own right, has reportedly checked himself into rehab after facing accusations of pederasty and sexual assault from several men, including most recently the son of A-list actor Richard Dreyfuss.

What links these men and others facing similar accusations over the last several weeks is power. Those alleging horrendous acts by industry leaders all say they could not speak out until now because of the power accrued by these men in Hollywood. With all this and more still percolating in the media, it seems like an odd time for two of Hollywood's most storied institutions to discuss a further consolidation of power into fewer hands — and yet, that's precisely what 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. have been doing.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.