Scientology Wins a Major Award! Mind Power Vindicated! [UPDATED]

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        The award winner!
UPDATED: Hold the presses! It turns out that another Scientology DVD also won a major award. More info after the break!

We get some complaints in our comments from Scientologists who say that we're a little too hard on L. Ron Hubbard's globe-spanning organization.

Just to show that we know how to give credit where it is due, we are happy and proud to pass on the information that was sent to us by Karin Pouw, Scientology spokeswoman, in a press release last week.

Karin and I have a little history, but I'll get to that later. For now, the Voice would like to congratulate Scientology for its DVD How to Use Dianetics winning a coveted bronze "Telly" Award on June 13.

Yes, a Telly! Surely you've heard of it?

Well, we hadn't either, so we punched it into Google and up came a Wikipedia entry on it:

The Telly Award is an award presented by the namesake, New York City-based organization. The stated purpose of the award is to "honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web."

Hmm. Television commercials.

But what really caught our eye was this line:

There is no set limit to the number of winners each year, but the total numbers in the thousands.

Um, thousands?

Official documentation provided to winners indicates that 7 to 10 percent of the approximately 11,000 entries receive Silver Telly Awards and 18 to 25 percent receive the Bronze Telly Award.

So according to Wikipedia, about 11,000 entries are sent in every year, and up to a quarter -- or about 2,750 -- end up with Bronze Tellys.

And after taking home such a rare, coveted award, Scientology is singing about it to the hills with a press release! From Karin's e-mail:

"How to Use Dianetics contains more than 10,000 computer-generated special effects graphics, illustrating every component of Dianetics," says Catherine Fraser, Director of Public Affairs for Golden Era Productions. "It enables the viewer to see each of the concepts presented in the book. Great care was taken to stay true to the book and bring the bestseller to life, making it as realistic as possible, even down to filming a real black panther to illustrate one of the key concepts in the book."

Wait, Golden Era filmed a black panther, and ONLY WON A BRONZE??

I don't quite know what to say.

Oh, but before we wrap up this congratulatory post, I promised to say something about Karin Pouw.

Back in 1999, I had lunch with Karin at Scientology's Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. (She had actually invited my editor and publisher, but when the publisher decided not to go, I took his place.) I had a fine dish of Chilean sea bass.

She became a bit agitated at some of my questions, but her responses were priceless. Later, in my story about Graham Berry, a target of Scientology's "Fair Game" policy, I included this line:

Pouw became angry at questions about the church's theology: "So what if we believe Jesus is a figment of the imagination?"

Which makes me wonder, is there a Telly award for Best Spokeswoman Meltdown?


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UPDATE: We just got word that yet ANOTHER Scientology DVD took home a coveted Bronze Telly award on June 13! That's right, make room on the shelves at Golden Era, because here comes a statuette for "The Problems of Work," a DVD whose title alone sends shivers of excitement down our spine!

But it's no wonder this baby brought home the bacon. Take a look at this description:

Among the Scientology principles presented in the film are the triangle of Affinity, Reality and Communication, which are the Components of Understanding; the Anatomy of Confusion; the Anatomy of Control; the Secret of Efficiency; and the underlying mental and spiritual reasons for exhaustion and their remedy.

Get that thing in the player and someone, bring me some popcorn!


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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman


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162 comments
Chosengems2
Chosengems2

Of course, you think that Jesus Christ is a figment of your imagination. It's because you don't know Him. The Devil KNOWS HIM and HE'S TREMBLING!

vehicle tracking devices
vehicle tracking devices

This is a site that I have been meaning to write about for a while as its been sitting in my Drafts for a couple of months now.

Rb196148
Rb196148

cant believe how people twist things around , and jump to conclusions that arent true. there is nothing wrong with problems of work , or any of the technology hubbard discovered.its all based on natural laws that already existed , hubbard put all the pieces of puzzle together. to help man live better lives.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

To quote/paraphrase another poster in another Runnin' Scared Thread - you are so brainwashed you don't even know you've been brainwashed.

Mr. Hubbard was an amphetamine addicted psychopath. His "science" and "religion" are bogus. 

Obnosis
Obnosis

Another fool and superficial thinker who has fell for all the BS regarding SCN on theinternet.

Guest
Guest

LOL, they're spamming GoogleNews with press-releases about this award after this article was posted.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

As usual, the "church of <spit> $cientology appears to be trying to chop turnips with a fly-swatter!

LOL!!!</spit>

Banchukita
Banchukita

The "problem" of the black panther in Dianetics is what totally turned me off the book. Hubbard, wanting his reader to feel trapped and threatened, essentially places you in a room with a black panther and your only option is to kill it.  Your option is never to open a window or give the panther something to eat or otherwise neutralize the perceived threat to yourself.  Only to kill one of the most beautiful living creatures on the planet.  It's a great illustration of the impact of Scientology on communities.

bwreslippyslope
bwreslippyslope

Wow you got a few trolls on that one.   Sorry that for some reason could not understand or refused to have duplicated what Mr. Hubbard wrote.  Just for Clarity.  Mr.Hubbard states a Parable of the black panther. " There are five ways in which a human being reacts towards a source of danger."   Number two was "he can can use the back stairs and avoid the black panther."

Now lets just be clear.  Are you also misunderstanding the impact of Scientology also? If you attempt to give information about something also have the mind to deliver it honestly and correctly. 

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bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

they just sent out another press release that they won another Bronze Telly awardthis time for the 1 hour opus "the problems of work" DVD

that another $170 they can shell out for the award.

thats right recipients are billed US$170 for each award they receive.

3 easy steps to win

1)send in video2)everybody wins a prize3)$ make check payable to

Aaron Laird
Aaron Laird

Way to go $cientology!!! I just heard from Reader's Digest and ,apparently, I might be a big winner too!

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Tony Ortega is a pretty cool guy who reinvents his own unique form of journalistic trolling and wears it well.

Oh and LOL - priceless pouw quote is priceless!

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

That's an odd number of socks. Maybe they're out making squirrel suits for the awards ceremony. Stick to your knitting.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

red_zone
red_zone

Tony, your comments are GOLD!

candace6
candace6

Gold Jerry, gold!!

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I almost ran over that guy in my car one night in LA. He was crossing the street in a dumb place. Banya, right? Almost creamed him. Funny.

Guest
Guest

@Tony Scientology, but more specifically Scientology's OSA internet operations group,  is trying to "out-create entheta" on the internet. Just type "scientology' in GoogleNews and check out all the worthless Scientology spam and propaganda which is all some variation of Scientology patting itself on the back, this is meant to bury articles like the ones you and others write. 

LRonCon
LRonCon

I see a new sign in the future......."Scientology executive confirms,  Jesus = figment of imagination!"  .......I think it will be one of the more memorable ones...especially for Chrisians!

Emerson Watts
Emerson Watts

This is vicious! wow Tony, a new low...they're excited to have won an award for something they put a lot of hard work into....i don't see why there's so much hate towards that. 

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

@ Emerson Watts  - I didn't read anything hateful.

I read a funny report about a bogus church that is actually an authentic cult believing itself to be some kind of media star.

The event is preposterous but no one is hating them for it.  Most of us are laughing at it because it is laughable.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Gary--- you read the stuff here, don't you? Surely, you are not going to assert that the comments here are not hateful...

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Mark; I don't find any of the comments here "hateful." 

Many of the posters to the comment threads on this blog appear to me to hold many of the practices and policies of the cult of $cientology in contempt. I know I do.

They probably do this because the abuse, the corruption, the destructiveness, the fraud and the lies of the cult are contemptible. 

I don't believe that they hate $cientologists. 

I believe that perhaps they are, like me, disgusted by the appalling practices and policies of the cult.

I believe your belief system is science-fiction, but you are welcome to believe whatever you want, homo-novis, teegeeack and body thetans included.

You are not welcome to inflict rigidly dogmatic, abusive, hurtful and destructive behaviour and policy on other human beings. 

You are not welcome to indulge in medical malpractice and claim it is some kind of esoteric "religious" ceremony.

You are not welcome to cloak your corrupt corporation in bogus "religious" trappings and avoid paying taxes on all the money the cult takes in.

We laugh with contempt at the flaccid, weasel worded attempts $cientologists like you make to deflect the criticism and contempt we have for the cult, but speaking for myself, I don't hate you. 

I don't hate anybody. I may be indifferent to some people, people who might in fact practice $cientology, but I never hate them. 

Hate and resentment are when we swallow poison and expect someone else to die. 

What an incredibly stupid thing to do! So stupid that it appears to me to be part of the ideology of that moonbat cult known as $cientology.

Care to comment?

Guest
Guest

 Emerson, why are you referring to people in the Scientology marketing department in the thir person? New OSA sock, btw?

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Emerson--- you can't easily win with these guys --- you have to play the game the way they want --- only their rules count. Only awards that they sanction count. I say --- the more award winners the better.  Let the people win. I say: "Down with the authoritarian know it all all's".

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

title of this article should be "Scientology buys Vanity Awards" brainwashed OSA zombie pretends it a prestigious award

Guest
Guest

Oh, wait, I think you mean "Down with those who got an education, instead of dumping all their tuition into useless $cientology courses that turn you in to pathetic shadows of human beings."

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Mark-"Emerson Watts"-is a fictional character out of the Airhead series.

guest
guest

"easily win'? What have you easily won and what are you, "the people", trying to win?

You have tax exempt status (for now)You have free labor (for now)You have freedom of speech (as we all should)You don't have to take care of your dying members (as tax payers, we do)You don't have to report on missing people (we will)

This is not a game. Your so called religion is depriving too many of a life they deserve. Do you really want to live in a world controlled by the church scientology? I will stop here because I want to read your answer.

Guest
Guest

 Why are you talking to your fellow OSA internet handler in this article when they're probably sitting next to you in a Scientology office building in downtown LA?

RontheFraud
RontheFraud

No, I think Mark Miglio and Emerson are the same person.......trying to appear like irate public citizens........but just looking like fools. Pathetic isn't it.....

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Emerson, there's nothing wrong with Scientology being excited for winning an award that 1 in 4 entrants also win. But it's another thing to send out press releases to news organizations hoping to get coverage for winning such an award. Try to keep up, friend.

Guest
Guest

 Scientology sends out these press-releases to bury articles like the ones you write, Tony.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Tony--- Support people send out press releases when they win something---you never praise them. Let them have a win even if it is not an as big as say, an "Oscar" --- no need to be so critical -- a win is a win. Today a Telly, tomorrow an Oscar, perhaps.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

It's very much like the mediocre students who attempt to get passing grades with bribes of money or sex. Buy a grade. Buy a Winner's Trophy. No difference. 

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Leslie--- if Ronny really did say that he was just stating the obvious -- please don't try to spin that to mean that he was a bad boy.

But I know you want to make a lot of money so why don't you go and start a religion.

It is not as easy or as profitable as you think. 

By the way, LRH books have always sold in public book stores, they are not religious book stores. LRH has universe appeal. Why don't you go and buy one and stop being so silly about SCN? Find out for yourself -- the people on this site are bad-news spinners (or worse).

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Dear Guest--Please let us have a production company. Don't be so mean.

Leslie Hope
Leslie Hope

"Scientology is a religion when there's money to be had, and a business when there's money to be made."

I wish I could properly credit the author of this, but I have a terrible memory. (I know, Mark, "Scientology can help with that!")  :-P

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

I 100% agree that Scientology should win an Oscar.  Best acting category. Act like they care about you, have your best interest in mind while sniffing out the contents of your wallet like a runaway stripper. 

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

they bought that award too! norpthe Telly Award is a Vanity Award

you enteryou winyou pay for the award $170 US shipping and handling not included.

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

Mark Miglio wake UP!

     it was a Vanity Award...the kind that ALL entries,win a prize. enter the award,-simply pay US$170 plus shipping and handling to receive the award.

you gotta stop buying into those silly cult press releases.

MarkStark
MarkStark

You're confused? Sounds like the Telly bronze award-winning THE PROBLEMS OF WORK DVD could have the answer you've been looking for. It covers "The Anatomy of Confusion."

guest
guest

Now I'm confused. Is this a Religion or a Production company? 

J. Swift
J. Swift

I looked at the list of Telly award winners and Scientology is right up there with the Burpee Seed commercial. Telly winners can order additional Telly statutettes for $195 each + $9 S/H.

I can imagine David Miscavige basking in the umber glow of his Bronze Telly. COB can call Tom Cruise and say, "Tom, come to Int and hold my Telly."

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

 LOL It reminds me of Christmas Story.Mr. Parker:It's a Major Award!

Swede:Shucks, I wouldn't know that. It looks like a lamp.

Mr. Parker:What is a lamp, you nincompoop? It's a Major Award. I won it!

Swede:Damn, hell, you say won it?

Mr. Parker:Yeah, mind power, Swede: mind power.

They won a what? Ohhh a major award.

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