In the last 48 hours Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav has been painted as a villain. With the cancellation of Batgirl and Scoob sequel, as reports of lack of diversity at Discovery under his leadership, Zaslav is being depicted as a right-wing stooge.
Zaslav himself hasn’t helped matters stating that CNN would feature more right-wing viewpoints planting a flag for the center but what can readily available data tell us about the executive.
While we don’t know his political party identification right now, we can look up Zaslav’s donations to candidates and PACs. That tells us a very different story than what’s come out in the media.
11 contributions have been made in 2021 and 2022 by David Zaslav to very few. In total $48,200 has been contributed to 11 entities total.
- NCTA – THE INTERNET & TELEVISION ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NCTAPAC) – $10,000
- DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC PAC – $5,000
- JOBS, EDUCATION, & FAMILIES FIRST JEFF PAC – $5,000
- JEFFRIES VICTORY FUND – $10,800
- FRIENDS OF SCHUMER – $5,800
- JEFFRIES FOR CONGRESS – $5,800
- ZIMMERMAN FOR CONGRESS – $5,800
That’s only three politicians donated to and all are Democrats.
Robert Zimmerman, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Sen. Chuck Schumer. The PAC and Victory fund are also Jeffries’. Zaslav is listed as living in New York and all three are politicians from New York. Zimmerman is running to be elected, Jeffries doesn’t seem to sit on any relevant committees, and… it’s Schumer. These don’t come off as donations involving “business” but might be people Zaslav actually supports. I’d lean Zaslav’s politics aren’t right-wing based on this, he’s just an out of touch suit.
If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see if the list of donations grows and who might benefit.