January 16, 2018

Disgust Over Daily Mail’s Bigoted Report on Award-Winning Actress

You attack a religion over totally unsubstantiated claims, using allegations taken from an active proponent of backpage.com. Whatever happened to journalistic integrity?

January 16, 2018

Julian Robinson
Daily Mail

Mr. Robinson,

I read your article about Elisabeth Moss and the Golden Globe Awards in which you included disparaging remarks about her religion.

It is absurd that you would cite as an authority the “Underground Bunker”—a blog set up by Tony Ortega after he was fired as editor-in-chief of Village Voice.

While at the Voice, Ortega served as apologist-in-chief for backpage.com, a website that attorneys general in virtually every state have considered the main conduit in the United States for trafficking in the prostitution, pimping and exploitation of teenage girls.

Under Ortega’s editorship, for example, backpage.com included advertising connected to:

  • In Atlanta, a 14-year-old pregnant girl, beaten and tasered to force her to work as a prostitute
  • In Minnesota, a girl picked up days before her 14th birthday, held captive, raped, beaten and compelled to work as a prostitute
  • In New York, a girl, 13, kicked down a stairwell as part of her ordeal in the sex trade.

You attack a religion over totally unsubstantiated claims, using allegations taken from an active proponent of backpage.com. Whatever happened to journalistic integrity?

If you must write about Scientology, please consult reliable sources, such as scientology.org and scientologyreligion.org.

Sincerely,

Edward Parkin
Los Angeles, Calif

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