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By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow, April 11, 2018

A conservative activist says the decision by ABC talk-show host Joy Behar to apologize for her criticism of Vice President Mike Pence’s faith proves that things can change when people take the time to speak up.

Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, attended the most recent Disney shareholder meeting and, when finally given the opportunity, pressed CEO Bob Iger about Behar mocking Vice President Pence on ABC’s The View by suggesting that his faith was akin to a mental illness.

It was then – and only then – that Iger revealed that Behar had privately apologized to the vice president. That reopened the controversy and led to the host finally making a public apology.

Danhoff tells OneNewsNow that his efforts send a simple message.

“Sometimes it’s just the power of showing up and that conservatives ignore business at their own peril and the power of showing up,” he offers.

Danhof, Justin (Nat'l Ctr for Public Policy Research)“Look at the result that we were able to get. Did we get everything we wanted? No, but no other effort by any other group – and there were lots of groups complaining about what Joy Behar did – yielded the result.

“So it shows the power of showing up at these corporate meetings because the media pays attention, all the corporate leaders are there, and that’s how you can get results sometimes.”

Danhof explains that it took some persistence to get his question in, noting his was the only serious question offered at the shareholders meeting, which he called a “sham and a setup.”

According to Danhof, Iger is considered one of the most powerful men in Hollywood – but “for that day, at least, he was the most tepid man in Hollywood.”

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company.