Category Media & Ethics

Family Guy: 20 Years of Pandering to the Worst in Us

Media & Ethics

November 17, 2020

Family Guy: 20 Years of Pandering to the Worst in Us

Within one page of dialogue it managed to trash not only Judaism and Catholicism as faiths, but also their adherents and their...

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Understanding or Bigotry—the Truth or the Lie

Media & Ethics

November 12, 2020

Understanding or Bigotry—the Truth or the Lie

Have you ever noticed that when someone has entirely mastered a skill or subject they are usually very calm, unemotional and...

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Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Media & Ethics

October 15, 2020

Hillary Kelly Should Maybe Talk To Someone

Possibly there should have been a separate back entrance to the Whole Foods, labeled “Scientologists Only.” Possibly,...

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“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

Media & Ethics

October 5, 2020

“Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner” Tamron Hall Promotes Woman Abuser on Show

With the knowledge that Renate, Tamron’s sister, was murdered and had an abusive partner, I find it unconscionable that...

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Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

Media & Ethics

September 28, 2020

Andy Marlette Proves Bigotry Still Has a Platform, Even in 2020

It never ceases to amaze me that stupidity and arrogance so often go hand in hand, or in Pensacola News Journal columnist...

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“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

Media & Ethics

September 25, 2020

“But She’s a Scientologist”—Antireligious Bigotry on Slashfilm.com

I read an article recently on Slashfilm.com about a friend of mine, a lovely and talented actress who, in her spare time,...

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Woke Beyond Repair: Where Cancel Culture Falls Short

Media & Ethics

July 22, 2020

Woke Beyond Repair: Where Cancel Culture Falls Short

We’re living in strange times. As a virus sweeps through the world, people’s stress level has reached a boiling point,...

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Lights! Camera! Death!—A&E’s Role in Ending the Life of Javier Ambler

Media & Ethics

June 12, 2020

Lights! Camera! Death!—A&E’s Role in Ending the Life of Javier Ambler

Juvenal, the ancient Roman poet, had a phrase for it: “Bread and circuses.” By that he meant keep the rabble distracted...

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National Enquirer Exposed as Front Group for Alien Invaders!—A Satire

Media & Ethics

May 24, 2020

National Enquirer Exposed as Front Group for Alien Invaders!—A Satire

Author’s Note: For years, the National Enquirer has taken shots at Scientology and at other religions, benevolent organizations,...

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Meghan & Harry Are Fed Up, and So Are We

Media & Ethics

May 11, 2020

Meghan & Harry Are Fed Up, and So Are We

The couple’s public statement is a shot across the bow at a disturbing trend that has become the new normal over recent...

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Hell Froze Over and Pigs Can Fly: An Honest Story About Scientology

Media & Ethics

May 8, 2020

Hell Froze Over and Pigs Can Fly: An Honest Story About Scientology

The article contained no controversy, no sensationalism, no drama, and most of all, no bias. How refreshing to view something...

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What Stops Us From Hoping

Media & Ethics

February 6, 2020

What Stops Us From Hoping

It got me thinking: who actually works at tabloids like that? What are their story pitch meetings like? Do they know that...

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The Cult Recipe

Media & Ethics

February 3, 2020

The Cult Recipe

I actually saw this question in an online forum the other day: “If I wanted to start my own cult, how would I do it?”...

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Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Media & Ethics

August 31, 2019

Are We Supporting Mass Shooters in the Name of Free Speech?

Before taking out his AK-47 and using it to murder 22 innocent people in El Paso, Texas, alleged shooter Patrick Crusius published...

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A&E: When You Pay for Hate Speech That’s Exactly What You Get

Media & Ethics

August 28, 2019

A&E: When You Pay for Hate Speech That’s Exactly What You Get

It’s obvious why journalists are wary of those who offer to trade information for profit— such people are all too likely...

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Tony Ortega: A Nettle of Fiction and Failure

Media & Ethics

August 17, 2019

Tony Ortega: A Nettle of Fiction and Failure

It may be hard to spot the common denominator of all of Ortega’s flops, but I’ll tell you what I see.

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Why I Trust L. Ron Hubbard

Media & Ethics

July 9, 2019

Why I Trust L. Ron Hubbard

Occasionally in the course of a day, I hear disparaging things about people I know and love. I’m sure this has happened...

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What We Can Learn From the Jussie Smollett Story

Media & Ethics

March 6, 2019

What We Can Learn From the Jussie Smollett Story

Objectivity in media is, based on my experience, a myth. Some groups and organizations are more altruistic and civic-minded...

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How Billionaires Are Helping Us Fight Defamation

Media & Ethics

March 5, 2019

How Billionaires Are Helping Us Fight Defamation

Yes, something is changing: the rest of us, who have had to live with invasions of privacy and out-of-control attacks, are...

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Speaking Out Against “Mainstream” Bigotry

Media & Ethics

February 15, 2019

Speaking Out Against “Mainstream” Bigotry

What if all people of goodwill, whether Muslim, Christian, Mormon, Scientologist or whatever, upon hearing any antifaith propaganda...

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Fake It Till You Make It: How Mass Media Manipulates

Media & Ethics

February 9, 2019

Fake It Till You Make It: How Mass Media Manipulates

Fake News has become a staggering problem. Public trust in media institutions has declined sharply in the wake of numerous...

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Media & Ethics

February 4, 2019

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Ever seen a news story of how crazy everything is “over there” and then you go “over there” or actually look into...

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Media Ethics: Read It and Weep

Media & Ethics

January 9, 2019

Media Ethics: Read It and Weep

Left, Right, or Center, the editorial boards all have an agenda. They’re all preaching to their own choir, which also happens...

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American Media: Stop Sensationalizing Religion

Media & Ethics

December 31, 2018

American Media: Stop Sensationalizing Religion

When a reporter takes on the subject of (someone else’s) religion, he or she does not usually understand what he or she...

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The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

Media & Ethics

December 26, 2018

The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

To say there’s been significant recent debate about the media, its role and its reliability is probably an understatement....

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The Smear

Media & Ethics

October 26, 2018

The Smear

Through this book, one comes to realize that mainstream news is simply what someone has paid to get placed in front of you.

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The Media: “We Have Met The Enemy And It Is Us”

Media & Ethics

October 17, 2018

The Media: “We Have Met The Enemy And It Is Us”

Every time you share a meme or a column or a podcast or a video that you like or agree with, YOU become media.

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Walt Disney Would be Appalled that the Company he Founded is Inciting Religious Hate

Media & Ethics

October 17, 2018

Walt Disney Would be Appalled that the Company he Founded is Inciting Religious Hate

If Walt were alive today there’s no question Remini’s show would never exist on one of his networks.

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The Not-So-Magical Magic Kingdom

Media & Ethics

October 10, 2018

The Not-So-Magical Magic Kingdom

Why “family friendly” Disney would risk its reputation by sponsoring a hate show against a religious group begins to make...

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Fake News Isn’t News and It Isn’t New

Media & Ethics

October 2, 2018

Fake News Isn’t News and It Isn’t New

Some years ago, my local Church of Scientology was in a legal battle with an individual who was violating the law. We took...

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