Out-of-Work Journalists: Want to do Scientology's Dirty Work?

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We know things in the newspaper and magazine rackets are really grim right now. Every time we put up a job opening, we get hundreds of applications from folks looking for work. (Hey, and we're about to put up another one, for copy chief, so all of you copy editors out there, get your resumes ready and keep an eye out for our imminent ad.)

But are things so bad that you'd be willing to go to work for Scientology, and do its dirty work by writing for its Freedom Magazine?

Marty Rathbun today spotted this ad at JournalismJobs.com, and we can't blame him for thinking this represents another shift in Scientology's ongoing attack against him.

We've been reporting on the constant surveillance Scientology keeps Marty Rathbun under now that the former top church executive is speaking out about Scientology's leader, David Miscavige.

The church's latest ploy is to send in a goon squad posing as a documentary film crew, which has only resulted in raising the ire of local residents, who have rallied to Rathbun's side.

Another page from the Scientology playbook is to send in Freedom Magazine "investigative reporters," and there's little doubt who it is the new hires will be sent to investigate. From the ad:

Freedom Magazine is looking for experienced investigative reporters for short and long-range freelance assignments...Current assignments are based in Los Angeles, New York and Southeastern Texas.

Get that, desperate fellow ink-stained wretch? Answer the ad, and soon you'll be plying a paddle boat in the canal behind Marty's house, just like these "investigators":


This isn't the first time Scientology has dangled work to hard-up scribes in order to target people it has a problem with.

In 2009, the St. Petersburg Times hit Scientology with the most powerful expose in years. Its authors, Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, then found themselves the target of Freedom Magazine, which specifically hired reporters, one a Pulitzer Prize winner, to go after the St. Pete Times duo. The newspaper decided not to cooperate with the hired guns.

"I ultimately couldn't take this request very seriously because it's a study bought and paid for by the Church of Scientology," St. Pete Times Executive Editor Neil Brown told Howard Kurtz at the time.

So keep that in mind, fellow scribe. Some Scientology cash might come in handy, but heading to Corpus Christi to do the church's bidding might not look so good on the old resume. Just sayin'.


tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO

Click here to see all recent Scientology coverage at the Voice

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
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?



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Rob Long
Rob Long

Just posted my resume to the Freedom mag editor.  I did Hubbard-up my resume a bit...

Stat
Stat

OSA peeps - it's too late for a damage control, it's beyond repair.Perhaps, Scientology would be/do/have just fine for a long time,if not OSA, Power Lawyers, PI's, "cancelled" Fair Game and therest of lame BS. Think about it. LRH warned you about the lack of resultsas the main source of problems from the governments and all, right!?Focus on delivering what's promised (Clears, OTs) for a change and youwill have no need deal with PR. Good luck. And I mean it.

TruthRevealed
TruthRevealed

Thank you Tony Ortega for having the balls to reveal the truth about the church of scientology and its criminal leader David Miscavige.  Tony, we appreciate all you are doing to bring sanity to this world.  God Bless you man!

Code of Journalism (js sim)
Code of Journalism (js sim)

So has the Scientology Office of Special Affairs already RPFed or fired those dinosaur wannabe "parody writers" doing the Defamation Blogs?  And they're looking for new blood to train in character assassinations and calumny.  Or else reporters with credibility (that they won't have for long working for the duplicitous Scientology Corporation)

OSA and Scientology have no credibility, they have lost the respect of the world.  If any hard up mercenary "investigative reporters"  do respond for the gig, they will be paid and used and disposed of  in no time (if they get any dishonest enough) and completely discredited for working for a calumniating lying entity.  Don't reporters have to tell the whole real truth, not warped and twisted bits to spin into smear tantrums?

Gist
Gist

I would totally take this job.  And then laugh so hard it hurt.  Squirrel..oh god..just saying squirrel...nevermind any of this. haha.

Guest
Guest

Accepting money and/or a job from Scientology.  Is this a good idea?  Anyone who'd accept a job assignment from Scientology would not be someone I'd accept for employment with that on his/her resume.  

No doubt many have accepted the money quietly, over the years, but where are those now, hmmmm? 

It's so hard to compare Scientology to something else.  Not quite NeoNazi,  a different animal than mafia, and a mutation of any cult species heretofore known to mankind.

I can only offer this Warning Label:  Do Not Feed.  Do Not Be Fed By.Not grammatically correct, but you'll live.

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

Penny a word. If it was good enough for El Ron it will be good enough for any hack writer they could get.

Chuckbeatty77
Chuckbeatty77

Not unless the reporter is doing an "embed" on "How I Secretly Worked for Scientology's Leader David Miscavige, Just So's I Could Report the Details",   but those that do it, better work out how they are gonna dodge all the legal papers Scientology will be requiring the pro wordsmiths to sign, before they do their devil's bargain with Hubbard, the master of story weaving sci fi, selling his Scientology Xenu on the world!   Remember that Scientology will always look upon the bought wordsmiths as degraded beings, who are infested with the "body thetans" with the infamous Xenu R6 implants.   I am for people who got hooked into working for Scientology, to do some conscious embed reporting on their experiences, meaning "future" pros that Scientology hires.   -  Chuck Beatty, ex Sea Org "scribe" researcher/trainer, in the Hubbard world for 27 years (1975-2003).   PS:  People who get into good with Scientology, those that interact with Danny Sherman, PLEASE take note and write about Danny.   Danny is Scientology's "LRH Biographer" and the outside world needs some Danny Sherman stories, please!

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

First assignment title: Marty is a Poopy Pants Doo-doo Head

Guest
Guest

Oh my.  I wonder if any job applicants ever heard of Paulette Cooper?   Or how about  these stellar journalists:Steve Weinberg, Russell Carollo, and Christopher Szecheny — Scientology’s Sleazy Bitcheshttp://www.edrants.com/steve-w... Myself, I would never call anyone sleazy. But this makes me wonder how Steve, Russ and Chris are doing these days, both career wise and financially since they bitchslapped for scientology (cough) "survey". Any non scientologist who takes any money from Any scientology group, including front groups, for Any amount and for Any reason needs professional psychiatric help, not a job.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Oh boy. A team of investigative journalists sent to Texas to figure out why Marty won't regulate his e-meter. Can't wait for that issue.

Old OT7
Old OT7

I'll sign that memo...

Psychophant
Psychophant

Dudes this is perfect.  What will h appen is a real investigative reporter will take the job and then EXPOSE THEM!!!!   Just don't sign any bond crap. Do the gig and INVESTIGATE.   I have some friends who are totally up for this gig,

Guest
Guest

And you, my friend, or why Sarah Palin and that Utah guy get media coverage.Never to be heard from again. 

You think you can walk away from a job with Scientology and just laugh it all away, never to be stalked, harrassed, or disappeared?

Have you Not been reading Tony's blog religiously?  What are you thinking, man?

SFF
SFF

It's been a while since I've seen a copy of Freedom but I don't recall any of the articles being attributed to anyone so hungry journalists can at least hide their shame.

paperback writer
paperback writer

the cost of living has gone up since the good old days...they now pay a penny a word,and all the rice and beans you can stomach

MarkStark
MarkStark

Chuck, I don't get something. Isn't this all just going to draw more attention and curiosity from existing cult members, to what Marty is doing or saying?

I thought the Kingpin/Adulteress Freedumb issue was like opening the corral and driving them toward Marty's ranch.

Shouldn't they be concentrating their efforts on getting fresh recruits in Tasmania or places without electricity above the Arctic Circle?

If I were in the Sea Argh, just seeing a photo of Marty's nice house would have me paddling to Texas  to get real LRH super powers, and do some fishin' -- if I fished that is, which I don't.

Psychophant
Psychophant

ROFLMAO!!   Sounds like Dvid Miscavige prose to me!! Hahahah.  That hits the tone of those things. Then he laughs and thinks Yeah THAT'LL really get em.  Hahah  Wow. That guy needs serious therapy. 

Guest
Guest

Damn it.  This is going to win this week's comment award.  I just know it.Obviously, there's no literary or socially redeeming or slightest pretense of grace in Tony's award choices.

Let's just call it like it is:   Tony's Poop Award. 

TruthRevealed
TruthRevealed

David Miscavige is digging a deeper grave for himself by hiring more "investigative reporters" with the Scientology  parishioners' money "IAS funraising".  What part of this MarkStark you don't understand?    Marty and all the Independent Scientologists will be dancing on David Miscavige's grave!!!! :)

paperback writer
paperback writer

 Freedum mag journalists they hire *snicker* will be busy writing pieces for the 28 "I hate Marty web sites" that the cult produces....that no one reads... .

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

Just so you know - Scientology seems to be REALLY big on written contracts, NDAs, disclaimers, and all that good stuff.  Sign anything they give you, even endorse a paycheck, and you can expect their lawyers to take out a lien against your soul, home and firstborn.

Guest
Guest

I'm liking how you're thinking.   It's like a revelation before it's revealed.  Do get back here for a sneak peak

Guest
Guest

somehow,  the internet finds out.  Google knows all.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

I agree that my post should not win anything. There are many others that have better merit. But, should Tony open up a whiner's award, you may be a shoe-in for a nomination (nothing personal). 

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

You missed the sarcasm in Mark's remark.

Ron
Ron

It's not true that no one reads them. I have a news reader program that does it and archives them for me. ;)

Chuckbeatty77
Chuckbeatty77

Scientology Hubbard policy tells official Scientologist staffers in the Office of Special Affairs of the Church of Scientology International that they must  focus on the "opinion leader(s)" who are causing Scientology their most "downstats" (where Scientology internally admit and recognize that certain people CAUSE the official Scientology movement "downstats").    Internally Scientology will recognize who is causing them their "trouble" and then execute the Hubbard laid out steps of issuing counter dirty propaganda against the "anti official Scientology" "opinion leaders".   The Hubbard response formula does not include admitting any wrong or taking up the valid criticism of official Scientology.    What is important to note, is that Scientology does NOT attack all of the people critical of them, the Hubbard policy says focus on the ones causing negative publicity and in the Scientology Office of Special Affairs, they have staff who go through the print and TV and radio media, and calculate just how much impact the negative press causes them.   Mention of L. Ron Hubbard and Church of Scientology in negative sentences, is something like minus 5 points.   They have a point system for measuring the negative publicity they get relating to Hubbard, Scientology and Miscavige, and "square inches of negative  image material" or some such, is how the statistic is called.   They have multiple "negative images" categories.   They have internal laid out steps that daily, the Office of Special Affairs network staffers who go through the daily media, and excerpt all the daily and weekly negative images in the various categories.   The Office of Special Affairs is charged with dealing and countering all the negative stuff.   Were the actual Frank Oliver leaked (on Wikileaks and elsewhere downloadable) Hubbard and OSA materials on their weekly statistics reports, the negative press against Hubbard and Scientology, and also it's presumed negative press on David Miscavige is the hottest negative press to counter.  The Los Angeles based Office of Special Affairs International staff who occupy two of the upper floors of the Hollywood management building, deserve a whole detailed article or history someday, so people interested can see how the internal Scientology propaganda show is run.   Negative mention of Miscavige in a negative way in the media is the most feared "downstat" we speculate the OSA people today dread.  Marty is causing untold negative Miscavige images statistics.   I could go on for an hour.   Best someone studies OSA Int, how the Los Angeles branch works on a day to day basis, and an interview with ex OSA Int staff, and with Mike Rinder might be publicly interesting!  Office of Special Affairs is sort of keystone cops CIA covert ops and dirty PR and legal threatening, or legal payoff and signing the people paid off up to their eyeballs in silence.   The laughable internal bureaucratic absurd paper chase PR game inside the Office of Special Affaris, is worth of an article.   Why a new religion spends so much time and effort on this can't be grasped until the Hubbard scriptures are studied and understood, and details of how those scriptures are played out daily right there at the hub of the Office of Special Affairs International, Church of Scientology International, corner of Ivar and Hollywood Blvd.   LA Weekly sister newspaper(s) ought to take up the story!   LA's full of the Scientology secretive sub bureaucratic groups doing their Hubbard marching orders.    - Chuck Beatty ex Sea Org, 1975-2003, Pittsburgh, 412-260-1170, chuckbeatty77@aol.com

Marcellus D Vine
Marcellus D Vine

You are saying Google is Miscavage's nice face?  That's a scary thought.

Scientia
Scientia

Ouch! Double burn!! You win. ;o)<respectful bow=""></respectful>

Jeff Lebowski
Jeff Lebowski

Haha nice... at least you're not arguing that you aren't providing any. 

Scientia
Scientia

Ron, your quote is from 1955. For several years LRH observed whether there was a correlation between any bad press and org stats before writing the policy I referenced above. Clearly he didn't find one. :o)

"It has been found that the whole reason for any lack of prosperity of an org is INTERNAL. The surrounding area of the public has very little to do with whether stats are up or down." -- LRH, HCO PL 7 March 1972R Esto Series 1R, The Establishment Officer (Management Series Vol. 2, p. 3)

"The public is always there. Any enemy action does not change our stats. They are changed inside the org or by higher orders only." -- LRH ED 104 INT. Auditing Sales and Delivery Prg #1, 2 June 1970 (OEC Vol. 5, p. 258).

Ron
Ron

If newspapers don't change stats, then why did he say this:

"We do not want Scientology to be reported in the press, anywhere else than on the religious pages of newspapers. Therefore, we should be very alert to sue for slander at the slightest chance so as to discourage the public presses from mentioning Scientology. -L. Ron Hubbard.On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes June 29, 1990, Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times

Scientia
Scientia

Yes, you're definitely in need of some intelligence. Burn!! ;o)

Jeff Lebowski
Jeff Lebowski

Nice quote from the Sci-fi writing college drop-out.  If you want to believe everything he said, that's your prerogative, but it isn't going to influence the rest of us who need facts and intelligence before we believe every little thing we're told. 

Old OT7
Old OT7

At the time he thought he was working to actually help people.  A noble goal.  When he realized that scieintology was an evil, vicious & militant cult he left.  Am I, as well as the rest of us here, to assume you are still involved? 

"Who in the world could respect your opinion."  We can and do. 

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Chuck realized his mistake, and has been out for awhile.  What is your excuse?

jammies
jammies

Scientology used to be pretty cool JP, you insulting creeptard.

Pathetique
Pathetique

Nice synopsis.  How do they liase with Margaret Marmalejo the Director of OSA (Office of Special Affairs) at Celebrity Centre in Hollywood?  What does covert creep jobs have to do with artists and supposedly self help?    They are not worthy of trust. Sad farce.

Jp
Jp

Chuckbeatty you were in Scientology for almost 30 years. If it was that bad and you stayed for 30 years you really have to be retarded. Who in the world could respect your opinion. 

  

Guest
Guest

Important to understand the stats of a mad man,  but hey,  Paragrphs work.

Scientia
Scientia

"I've learned this over the years: The entirety of our stats are internally caused. WE CAN CAUSE STATS AT WILL. External actions don't affect them. A newspaper can write reams of entheta and it doesn't affect our stats at all." -- LRH, HCO PL 18 March 1977RA, Evaluation and Programs (Management Series Vol. 1, p.167)

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