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Scientology: If You Don’t Know, Don’t Pretend to Know

Media & Ethics

July 13, 2018

Scientology: If You Don’t Know, Don’t Pretend to Know

We eventually won that particular battle—and many others. But we didn’t win it by waiting for newspapers to say nice things...

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Information Cancer

Media & Ethics

April 15, 2018

Information Cancer

Incorrect news and information starts in one location and then metastasizes like cancer, spreading out and lodging in secondary...

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Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

Combating Bigotry & Hate

December 31, 2017

Breaking News: Scientologists Eat Salad!

How well I remember that morning in 1985 when I awoke to see a piece produced by a local Portland, Oregon TV news show marveling...

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STAND’s Annual Year-End Reception: A Meeting of Minds

Scientology Religion

December 17, 2017

STAND’s Annual Year-End Reception: A Meeting of Minds

Once I began to study Scientology, one of the things that kept me coming back was the people I’ve been privileged to associate...

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The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Media & Ethics

December 13, 2017

The Trouble With the Media’s Frantic Pace

Tom Petty died. Except it wasn’t when we were told he was dead. You see, some news agencies with more of a desire to “get...

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Reader Beware: Fake News Is Cheap and Easy

Media & Ethics

December 5, 2017

Reader Beware: Fake News Is Cheap and Easy

The data is fascinating and rather unnerving at the same time. In about an hour’s time, Mr. King created a fake news website,...

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Will You Be the Journalist Who Covers Scientology Right?

Media & Ethics

November 29, 2017

Will You Be the Journalist Who Covers Scientology Right?

Whether you are an amateur blogger, the curator of a Facebook page, or a content creator for a prestigious international news...

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Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 17, 2017

Groping for Clarity in This High-Speed, High-Stakes World

With trending, “hashtaggy” topics now an easy way to measure public mood, product sponsors, employers and others hyper-sensitive...

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What is an “Agenda?”—A Classroom Play

Media & Ethics

October 19, 2017

What is an “Agenda?”—A Classroom Play

A junior high school teacher to her class: Today we are going to discuss the word “agenda.” Agenda means the underlying...

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Scientology and Conspiracy: The Real Story

Scientology and Conspiracy: The Real Story

Perhaps you’ve come across “the real story” about Scientology on your Facebook feed, television screen or on some tabloid...

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A Scientologist’s Response to “Critics”

Scientology Religion

September 17, 2017

A Scientologist’s Response to “Critics”

Journalists always seem to get their panties in a wad, downright insulted that Scientologists, when asked to “respond to...

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Whatever Makes You Happy

Tolerance

September 17, 2017

Whatever Makes You Happy

I’ve gotten that response several times over the past year when I tell people I’m a Scientologist after they’ve spewed...

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Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Say “Journalism” is a Mental Illness

So there I was minding my own business, having a little fun scrolling through what passes for “the news” when I spy this...

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The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

Tolerance

July 1, 2017

The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, why aren’t they speaking out against terrorism?”...

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If I Were to Tell the Story of You

Media & Ethics

April 20, 2017

If I Were to Tell the Story of You

Pretend for a moment that I am a journalist. You’ve become something of a big deal, a hot topic. Lots of important people...

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Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

Religious Freedom

April 11, 2017

Truth Is the Anvil That Wears Out All the Hammers

I live in a small town. Very few members of my faith live nearby. I’m pretty much alone here. Some might worry that I am...

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There’s Nothing New About Fake News

Combating Bigotry & Hate

February 13, 2017

There’s Nothing New About Fake News

The topic of “Fake News” is getting a lot of attention these days. The funny thing is, there is nothing new about fake...

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