Scientology Attacks The New Yorker. Hilarity Ensues. (UPDATED)

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That's Lawrence Wright as Eustace Tilley, and Haggis poking out of his hat. We think.
UPDATE: After the jump, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder helps us understand the insanity of Freedom magazine.

Six months ago, The New Yorker uncorked a delicious 24,000-word takedown of Scientology in the form of a profile of Paul Haggis, the Crash director who defected from the church in 2009.

Six months later, after a hell of a lot of effort and (clearly) a lot of money, Scientology is striking back with the most bizarre, utterly stupid, and breathlessly vacuous slime job imaginable.

But the art looks good.

If you dare, follow us into the realm of jackassery writ large...

To save time, you might want to start with a couple of movies that came with this special package. I would embed them here, but Freedom isn't making that option available (a pity).

In the first one, the smarmy narration is hard to take as Freedom attempts to take down America's best magazine for its fact checking practices. Or something. As with all Scientology attack videos, it's really hard to understand who the audience for this is. And as with all Scientology attack videos, the answer to that question is always the same: these videos are made for the pleasure of church leader David Miscavige, who is the only one who could possibly enjoy them.

Scientology tries to make The New Yorker fact-checking process seem scandalous or at least misleading, but who cares how the magazine got to its final product? The point is, Lawrence Wright's story was a masterpiece of research and narration, one of the best takedowns of Scientology ever. And this silly movie doesn't raise a single issue with what the magazine actually published.

Once you're finished with that masterpiece, take a look at the second movie for a more traditional Scientology attack piece. Snippets of Paul Haggis statements on video are used to smear him as a has-been, jackass, and hypocrite, all of which is inconsistent and adds up to a pile of nothing. The movie then goes through the usual unfair sliming of various ex-Scientologists (Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Jason Beghe, Amy Scobee, Tom De Vocht, and others), while never actually naming them. All of them are "apostates" and liars and thieves.

It's the usual treatment of people who, just a few years ago, were among the highest executives and most-trusted members of Scientology itself.

But there's no point in unraveling this stuff. It's incoherent, it's maddeningly contradictory -- but man, what production values. Imagine how much of parishioner dues went into this thing!

I can only imagine how fun the Janet Reitman issue is going to be.


UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Mike Rinder, who helped me try to understand the nuttiness of Freedom magazine.

He also watched the videos last night, and was struck by how long it took the church to put together a response to a story that came out six months ago. "It takes them so long to get anything together and approved by Miscavige. I mean everybody had forgotten about the New Yorker piece, but now they've brought it all up again for everyone to think about," he said with a chuckle.

I told him that I'd been puzzled by the audience for these bizarre attack videos. He agreed that it made no sense. "Who do they think the public is for this stuff? It's certainly not any non-Scientologist. Any non-Scientologist sees that or the Squirrel Busters and thinks, 'These people are fucking nuts'," he said.

But if they aren't meant to sway people outside the church, they also aren't meant for the consumption of people inside Scientology either, Rinder explained. In fact, there's a real risk that Scientologists will see these incoherent attacks, and it will make them curious to look online for more information about people like Rathbun, Haggis, or Rinder himself -- and that kind of curiosity is leading to more and more people leaving the organization.

There were only two targets in mind for those videos, Rinder told me. "They're hoping that you or me or Larry Wright will see this and simply give up," he said. "But the real public for those things is David Miscavige. He looks at them and chuckles. And he has spent hours and hours talking about the New Yorker and Larry Wright and Paul Haggis and Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder. And it's all transcribed. And it gets distributed around to all the minions in OSA or wherever, and they then try to do what COB [Miscavige] said. So he effectively wrote half of that."

Also, Rinder said that the magazine reeks of panic. "I believe it is a measure of the depths of desperation that they have, and Miscavige in particular has, because all he can do is try, through twisting and distorting photographs and distorting facts, to make the people that are exposing him seem like they're unreliable. And that's it. He won't go out in the media himself and say, 'No, that's not what happened.' He won't do that. He wants to snipe from the bushes and hope that people will think, 'These people can't be trusted.' Well, he is losing whatever shreds of credibility he has because he won't come out himself," he said. "The reactions you see are indicative of the turmoil and chaos within the ranks of the church."

And for Scientology to make noise in such a bizarre way carries risk, he pointed out. "I've talked to at least ten people in Clearwater, most of whom remain under the radar who say what got them to look elsewhere on the Internet was the Freedom magazine issue about the St. Pete Times." And that issue, a similar smear against reporters Joe Childs and Tom Tobin after their landmark series, "The Truth Rundown," wasn't nearly as slick as this current one.

"I know someone [a regular, public Scientologist] OSA asked to read [the St. Pete Times issue] to gauge the local reaction in the community, and that person said 'Oh my God, this is insane,' and then went to Marty's blog, and then left the church and pulled out their family." He predicts a similar exodus after this current issue.


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


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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
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy
The Paulien Lombard Confession -- A Scientology Spy Comes Clean
The Deputy Benjamin Ring Hard Sell -- Scientology wants your 401K
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- the whole series!
The Squirrel Busters Busted -- Unmasking the Scientology PI in Charge

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114 comments
Feanor411
Feanor411

In the first video, they claimed over 9000 hours were devoted to fact-checking 971 questions. That's just over nine hours per question, and they dismissed the "true" half as irrelevant (birthdays and street addresses, etc). So, if only 450 (ish) of the questions were worth examining, that's 18 hours per question. 18 hours, for the Church to examine its own records to such questions as LRH's war-wounds, or the "apostates" supposed endless list of transgressions? It's stuff like this- even if I didn't believe the horror stories of human trafficking and abuse, which I do- which would bug me: the numbers just don't add up. No one spent 18 hours on these questions, and for every simple question, the time spent on "complicated" ones only increases. They rely on their "parishioners" not analyzing this information. And why would they? It might be entheta.

Daveprime
Daveprime

^^^^ Phenomenal!!  Best comback EVAR.

I tip my hat to you Sir!

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

mjm
mjm

the "picture" of Marty Rathbun and Lawrence Wright together in Freedumb Magazine is obviously photoshopped.

did anybody perchance see the OSA people handing out this crap in front of the Conde Nast building? I don't think anybody took the damn pamphlets, but I think Scilons were planted to grab them to show interest.

btw, I think "Marcotai" is an OSA spy.

Theoracle
Theoracle

Well, here is the difference between the New Yorker and the Freedom mag:"On Wednesday, copies of the magazine and a companion DVD were handed out in front of the building that New Yorker parent company Conde Nast calls home."The Freedom mag is "handed out".   The New Yorker magazine is sold to paying people who place some value on it's contents.

bulldog
bulldog

I am a netizen who by accident came across a YouTube video about the horrors of Scientology. I really didn't know much about them and never really cared. So for the last 2 weeks I have watched YouTube videos and read numerous sites.

A picture/video is all the proof I need. Especially when I hear that Tommy Davis guy try to spin the truth. And those squirrel buster people really turned me off. How can grown men and 1 woman act like that? They are not fooling the public.

Anyway, if Paul Haggis is reading this please know you are a very noble, brave man! Scientology looks like a fool for attacking you in that freedom video. I love your work and your honesty! You and the other ex-members hold your head high because America loves you! ;-)

Zenwarriorr
Zenwarriorr

"As with all Scientology attack videos, it's really hard to understand who the audience for this is"I have been out of Scientology for 31 years after having been in for several years.When I left I told them it was all a BS con for $$$$$.Last night I got a call from the "Church of Scientology mail dept"(my number is listed)THEY WANTED MY ADDRESS TO SEND ME FREEDOM MAGAZINE!AMAZINGLY, THESE IDIOTS THINK I AM THE AUDIENCE FOR THIS PARODY, THAT BY READING IT I WILL COME BACK IN TO THE FOLD.

I resonded: "let me explain OT III to you, 76 million years ago the evil ruler Lord Xenu...Click!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

No, no—you've got it all wrong:

Super Adventure Club Head Explorer: You see, the Super Adventure Club was founded by the greatest explorer of all time, William P. Phinehas! Phinehas climbed the highest peaks, tamed the mightiest rivers, but every time he got somewhere, he realized that other explorers had beat him to it. Phinehas was depressed, until he realized that if he couldn't be the first to discover places, he could be the first to have sex with the native children that inhabited those areas! Phinehas quickly went down in history books as the first man to have sex with the Aborigine children at Uluru, and the first explorer to bugger all the underage mountainfolk of Nepal. But now the most wonderful part: you see, after having sex with all those children, Phinehas realized that molesting all those kids had made him immortal.

Stan: [in disbelief] Immortal. 

Super Adventure Club Head Explorer: He discovered that children have things called marlocks in their bodies. And when an adult has sex with a child, the marlocks implode, feeding the adult receptive cavity with energy that causes immortality, so saith the ruler of Bethos. Phinehas traveled the world, loving many, many children, and he lived for eternity. Until he was hit by a train in 1892. 

Kyle: Do you realize how retarded that sounds? 

Super Adventure Club Head Explorer: Is it any more retarded than the idea of God sending his son to die for our sins? Is it any more retarded than Buddha sitting beneath a tree for twenty years?

Stan: Yeah. It's way, way more retarded.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

So's I'm inturbulatin' like mad, cleaning the kitchen to Bruckner's Sixth—LOS!!!—and the question naturally emerges—how hard is it to get Paul Haggis on Jon Stewart? Howsabout a "Scientology Week" at The Daily Show?

Marcotai
Marcotai

The last edition of Freedom Magazine exposing The New Yorker's piece on the "profile" of Paul Haggis (LOL) is a masterpiece of HONEST journalism.I  hope journalists and students in this field, will learn something important about PERSONAL INTEGRITY and ETHICS  when writing an article.

Lawrence Wright fucked it up very badly this time. May God have mercy on his soul.

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robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Did you get any sleep yet, Macaroni Boy?

How's the grub?

choocho
choocho

Terryeo, if you have to capitalize "honest" doesn't that tell you that you've already lost? Is that the written form of that Scientology shouting "tech"? Do you think colleges and universities are going to stop teaching objective journalism soon and change over to Scientology's defintion of journalism; only report positive facts about Scientology and things that help Scientology's marketing efforts.

Zenwarriorr
Zenwarriorr

pick up that ash traythank youhit yourself in the head with itthank youyour needle id floating

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

You realize that you're getting no traction here, right?

Welcome to Fair Game™.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Marco, seriously, both Janet Reitman and Lawrence Wright approached Scientology with the same professionalism, care, and discipline that they use in writing about other subjects. Richard Behar, Paulette Cooper and Russell Miller did the same.

Your mind has been reprogrammed to believe that unrestrained promotion of Scientology, in the vein of "read a book, visit an Org" makes sense to people in the outside world. It doesn't!

Nor is Scientology people riding in on horses, as in your brochures, doing "planetary salvage." 

Also, I hope that one day, you can obtain a copy of Wright's article, or perhaps when the book comes out they will to a translation in Italian, so you can understand it, without language issues.

Maybe you are just a paid troll...I don't know.

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

Marcotai is a troll, plain and simple because no one could be that seriously fucked up.

BBB
BBB

They're definitely a troll, but "Marcotai" goes around nearly every popular anti-scientology video on YouTube (using the same handle) and posts his rants comment after comment after comment.

So as far as being that fucked up, it really isn't out of the realm of possibilty.

Marcotai
Marcotai

"Marco, seriously, both Janet Reitman and Lawrence Wright approached Scientology with the same professionalism, care, and discipline that they use in writing about other subjects"

Yeah right LOL.  Anyway I can't understand how approaching a guy's profile, is instantly becoming an approaching a religion.Wake up!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I can't see how regular coerced confessions on a primitive lie detector costing hundreds of thousands of dollars constitutes a religion.

You're sounding like something out of Raymond Chandler and performed by Peter Lorre.

MarkStark
MarkStark

In the article in the NY Times blog about the cult's New Yorker issue, the cult sock puppet comments:

"Freedom magazine is one of the finest parodies of The New Yorker that I have ever seen."

How authoritative! What other parodies of The New Yorker has the cult shillbot seen? Employees are restricted to reading Hubbard's books or Freedumb only. Picture copies of The New Yorker and Harper's, and their parodies, strewn about the reading room at the Sea Argh.

How about the part of the video where they make fun of Wright's southern drawl? That'll go over big with the few zombies left in the Southern orgs.  Wright, Faulkner, Wolfe, Williams.... bunch of hicks compared to the sophistication of L. Ron Hubbard, with his Xenu and Helatrobus implants.

Larry Brennan
Larry Brennan

".....bunch of hicks compared to the sophistication of L. Ron Hubbard, with his Xenu and Helatrobus implants"

Just to clear it up, some times it's pronounced "Xemu". - L Ron Hubbard

Copyright "c" in a little circle. 74,997,989 BC. By Alter Ego of David Miscavige. All Rights Reserved

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Marvin the Martian, I already warned you—the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator that you ordered is defective. The firing end is pointed at you!

Michieux
Michieux

After being able to watch only a few minutes of these videos, I came away thinking: What a bunch of sophomoric, stupid morons! Instead of demonstrating to the world what a sharp, competent and confident operation they are, they manage to display the direct opposite. No wonder their numbers are down. Who'd want to be associated with that?

Larry Brennan
Larry Brennan

Resubmitted 9.1.11 without URLs:

I like how organized scientology makes fun of Lawrence Wright for being a writer who is paid per word while they romanticize Hubbard's own history of being a pulp writer at a penny per word.

I like how they have the nerve to try to poke fun at the movie "The Next Three Days" when their one and only movie to make it to the box office was voted worst movie of the decade ("Battlefield Earth").

I love it how they talk of their own affidavits as if that somehow means what is in them is truthful when the typical affidavit from them puts Bagdad Bob to shame in terms of the number of lies per utterance.

Heck I even wrote a free ebook about just some of the lies in only two affidavits from organized scientology and these were from their leader David Miscavige (AKA "Slappy").

That all said I laugh when I think of this from the above article:"I can only imagine how fun the Janet Reitman issue is going to be". 

About ten months ago I predicted that Freedumb Magazine would put out an issue half about Janet Reitman's and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "crimes" and half about how David Miscavige has by himself greatly expanded organized scientology.

While initially disappointed in not seeing that issue from "Freedom", I have renewed hope we will see it yet after seeing it took six months for them to get out their reply to Wright's article. I can only imagine how long it will take them to get one out on Janet given the fact that the book has worldwide distribution and is the best and broadest narration of facts about scientology and organized scientology ever written.

Word on the street is that organized scientology's crack team of PIs after spending over $5 million to date have uncovered the first major crime committed by Janet. Apparently they have found a girl that was in junior high with Janet who was quite sure she remembers Janet wearing white after labor day. (Or something like that. All we know is that it is REALLY bad).

Affidavits are being drawn up as we speak.  

Then of course there is the matter of a potential Freedumb issue on YOU Tony. You so deserve your own issue! My theory though is that even organized scientology won't give you your own issue for fear of MAJOR backlash from Tony O femanon groupies.

Yes organized scientology's billion dollar legal/PI/fair game slush funds can take down even major government bodies like the IRS but they DO NOT want to have Tony O lust-struck femanon groupies raeging against them. I've seen what they do to people who try to poke fun at you on their Tony O love threads.

It ain't pretty!

Scientology fears them. As it should!!!!

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Aw, yer killing me, Larry.

TheGuest
TheGuest

I think you're safe from "handling" Tony.  You got Larry, who is Irish, and then, you got the Femanons, who are, um, maturely wise and willing.  Formidable protection from all sides.

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

I think David Miscavige wants to cement his claim to #1 in your series "The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology", Tony.

:)

sizzle8
sizzle8

If I was still in Scientology, I would ask, "Who is the maroon that ordered this piece?"There is a policy that states that you don't forward the 'enemy line', i.e. you don't repeat or breathe life into an 'attack'.With this propaganda issue, they have directed thousands of people to read the original New Yorker piece.Another foot nuke.  And the entertainment value is priceless.

Optimisticate
Optimisticate

Scientology appears to be quickly approaching "defendant" status with their libel/slander. Very brave to take on the New Yorker. I would be surprised if the New Yorker did nothing.

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

These days, if the Church of Scientology slanders you, that probably RAISES your reputation in the estimation of most people. It'd be hard to get an award of damages in that circumstances!

SFF
SFF

It is hard to believe that the general public is going to believe anything said in Freedom Magazine or that the New Yorker is in danger of suffering any harm from this particular issue.

t1kk
t1kk

I worked in the Conde Nast legal department and can speculate with relative certainty that this isn't something they would want to legally engage. Nothing really jumped out at me as actionable but then I wasn't looking at as a plaintiff's lawyer. Big media like Conde Nast are especially wary of becoming plaintiffs in defamation suits given that they're far more likely to be defendants in defamation suits; they have a built-in disincentive to push defamation law in any direction except toward pro-publisher/defendant.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I would be very surprised at the opposite. Conde Nast won't bother with this.

Ron
Ron

The announcer in the videos has the exact same delivery style as dear leader David Miscavige at Scientology events. This probably took six months to create because Miscavige had to be there every minute to coach the announcer on how to do it "just right".

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

You know, now that you mention it, it does sound very much like Miscavige's cadence from a video we posted here recently. Good catch, Ron!

Larry Brennan
Larry Brennan

I like how organized scientology makes fun of Lawrence Wright about being a writer who is paid per word while they romanticize Hubbard's own history of being a pulp writer at a penny per word.I like how they have the nerve to try to poke fun about the movie "The Next Three Days" when their one and only movie to make it to the box office was voted worst movie of the decade ("Battlefield Earth").I love it how they talk of their own affidavits as if that somehow means what is in them is truthful when the typical affidavit from them puts Bagdad Bob to shame in number of lies per utterance.Heck here is my own free ebook written about just some of the lies in only two affidavits from organized scientology and these were from their leader David Miscavige (AKA "Slappy"):http://paulsrabbit.com/LHBvol1...That all said I laugh when I think of this from the above article:"I can only imagine how fun the Janet Reitman issue is going to be". About ten months ago I predicted that Freedumb Magazine would put out an issue half about Janet Reitman's and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "crimes" and half about how David Miscavige has by himself greatly expanded organized scientology.While initially disappointed in not seeing that issue from "Freedom", I have renewed hope we will see it yet after seeing it took six months for them to get out their reply to Wright's article. I can only imagine how long it will take them to get one out on Janet given the fact that the book has worldwide distribution and is the best and broadest narration of facts about  scientology and organized scientology ever written.Word on the street is that organized scientology's crack team of PIs after spending over $5 million to date have uncovered the first major crime of Janet. Apparently they have found a girl that was in junior high with Janet who was quite sure she remembers Janet wearing white after labor day. (Or something like that. All we know is that it is REALLY bad). Affidavits are being drawn up as we speak.  Then of course there is the matter of a potential Freedumb issue on YOU Tony. You so deserve your own issue! My theory though is that even organized scientology won't give you your own issue for fear of MAJOR backlash from Tony O femanon groupies. Yes organized scientology's billion dollar legal/PI/fair game slush funds can take down even major government bodies like the IRS but they DO NOT what to have Tony O lust-struck femanon groupies raeging against them. I've seen what they do to people who try to poke fun at you on their Tony O love threads. It ain't pretty! Scientology fears them. As they should!!!!

Larry Brennan
Larry Brennan

I like how organized scientology makes fun of Lawrence Wright about being a writer who is paid per word while they romanticize Hubbard's own history of being a pulp writer at a penny per word.I like how they have the nerve to try to poke fun about the movie "The Next Three Days" when their one and only movie to make it to the box office was voted worst movie of the decade ("Battlefield Earth").I love it how they talk of their own affidavits as if that somehow means what is in them is truthful when the typical affidavit from them puts Bagdad Bob to shame in number of lies per utterance.Heck here is my own free ebook written about just some of the lies in only two affidavits from organized scientology and these were from their leader David Miscavige (AKA "Slappy"):http://paulsrabbit.com/LHBvol1...That all said I laugh when I think of this from the above article:"I can only imagine how fun the Janet Reitman issue is going to be". About ten months ago I predicted that Freedumb Magazine would put out an issue half about Janet Reitman's and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "crimes" and half about how David Miscavige has by himself greatly expanded organized scientology.While initially disappointed in not seeing that issue from "Freedom", I have renewed hope we will see it yet after seeing it took six months for them to get out their reply to Wright's article. I can only imagine how long it will take them to get one out on Janet given the fact that the book has worldwide distribution and is the best and broadest narration of facts about  scientology and organized scientology ever written.Word on the street is that organized scientology's crack team of PIs after spending over $5 million to date have uncovered the first major crime of Janet. Apparently they have found a girl that was in junior high with Janet who was quite sure she remembers Janet wearing white after labor day. (Or something like that. All we know is that it is REALLY bad). Affidavits are being drawn up as we speak.  Then of course there is the matter of a potential Freedumb issue on YOU Tony. You so deserve your own issue! My theory though is that even organized scientology won't give you your own issue for fear of MAJOR backlash from Tony O femanon groupies. Yes organized scientology's billion dollar legal/PI/fair game slush funds can take down even major government bodies like the IRS but they DO NOT what to have Tony O lust-struck femanon groupies raeging against them. I've seen what they do to people who try to poke fun at you on their Tony O love threads. It ain't pretty! Scientology fears them. As they should!!!!

Marcotai
Marcotai

The last edition of Freedom Magazine on the NYer and Haggis is a masterpiece ofjournalism and the video attached are at the same time hilarious and revealing.Mr. Wright? What a shameThe behind scenario on the "profile on Haggis" (LOL) story is incredible.Freedom Magazine is teaching to those "journalists" how real investigative journalism should be done. Thank you FM to let us know the REAL STORY.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

You wouldn't know a masterpiece if Gustav Mahler returned from the dead and slammed you on the top of your head with a full score of his Resurection Symphony.

Seriously—edit your posts, they're a trainwreck of bad grammar and unintentional humor.

If you are representing Scientology you should know that you are running the risk of ending up on one of Tony's lists.

David J Mudkips
David J Mudkips

Given how failtastic their copy-paste comments are, maybe the OSA Comment Trolls will be #13 in the countdown?

mjm
mjm

how's the RPF treatin' ya Marcotai?

and were you one of the people flyering the Conde Nast building in NYC with Freedumb Magazines today? good thing that nobody paid attention to you loonies

Marcotai
Marcotai

Probably because we don't perform stoned and drunk dance,  wearing clowns clothes or beach-wear, if you mean that kind of attention.

robert
robert

Can someone in the area pick up one?  I'd like a hard copy of the stupidity. 

choocho
choocho

Since you're OSA aren't you just patting yourself on the back here, your organization is directly repsonsible for that Freedumb Magazine article.

Scientologee
Scientologee

I cast my vote for one Tony Ortega in the top 25 countdown of people crippling $cientology!! Tony, you are on that list!!

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

I'm not a big 'fan', but, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Crash' and 'Million Dollar Baby', although I might have had my issues with them.  Don't know 'Next 3 Days', but, I expect to see it and even enjoy it.

But, If I were to ask myself why a bug-shit crazy, billion dollar-heavy UFO Cult would 'restimulate' one of its own greatest failures; i.e. Losing Paul Haggis by dedicating a whole issue of its otherwise worthless 'magazine'/Freedom to Him.. well, I would look deeper.

Like, possibly, to convince him that people 'protecting' him from 'Church' attack are somehow his 'friends' :)

I hear that Haggis is a pretty good RISK! player and suspect that the 'Church' is in over its head :)

MarkStark
MarkStark

Haggis's THE NEXT THREE DAYS, the movie Scientology claims is such a bomb, received a 7.4/10 rating from IMDb. That is high. Films rarely get over 7 among IMDb voters. I saw it and it was much better than I thought it would be and an exciting ride, mercifully free of cartoon action heroes or vampires. Jason Beghe was on the screen for all of two minutes playing a cop, and his performance was fine.

So, in this propaganda smear put out by this "Church" of cuckoo they quote some review of Beghe's performance and how bad it was?

As t1kk wrote, I hope these videos get around in the acting community. If they do, the cult's allure is going to fade to black among aspiring actors. This kind of smear, put out by a "Church" is reprehensible, even if they are just a fake church built on a mountain of lies.

Another disconnect, among many, was the cult saying Paul Haggis should have apologized for CRASH winning an Oscar, because of the homophobes in the Academy who wouldn't vote for Brokeback? Really? Haggis should have picked up the gay rights torch at that particular time as any real Scilon would have? That's far fetched. 

Maybe this was all some grand effort to avert cult members' attention from either reading the Wright article or Janet Reitman's book.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I know this really doesn't matter at all, and some would assume I'm biased, but I freaking loved The Next Three Days. I saw it in the theater twice, and I NEVER go to see movies in the theater twice (at least not in the age of Netflix!). I went the first time with my parents, who are much more thriller-suspense film fans than I am, and we walked out blown away. The main carping by critics was that what Russell Crowe goes through and does isn't believable. Are you kidding me? I've seen people who knock their heads against the justice system in this country and then at least consider doing something extreme about it. That you then have a professor-type who goes about it meticulously and brilliantly -- well, I was totally swept up in it. I suspect that a lot of critics had it out for this film as payback for Crash winning so many awards, and no matter how good it was, it was going to get trashed.

Guest
Guest

"I've seen people who knock their heads against the justice system in this country and then at least consider doing something extreme about it."

that describes Most people in AmericaIt's not hopeless.  Vote smart this time

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

"Maybe this was all some grand effort to avert cult members' attention from either reading the Wright article or Janet Reitman's book."Got a feeling they were already averting on both, ~"Just another pack of lies. We're handling it and will announce our victory at the next event." - ....nothing until...

They plop this on them to debunk #1 as "Here's why you were in session(?) for the past 6 months". But the funniest thing, as many have stated, is that the can is open again while the vids and articles don't really answer anything. Smell the doubt.

I'm getting extra gravy for my meatloaf and taters without even asking for it.

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