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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 about us.
Information Cancer
Incorrect news and information starts in one location and then metastasizes like cancer, spreading out and lodging in secondary sites, then spreading further until it overwhelms the body or common sense and becomes something “everybody knows.”
LAist Breakfast: Journalism With a Side of the Same Old Diatribe
If Sofia Kercher had decided to be honest with Scientology Celebrity Center International about her intentions during her recent trip there, this is what I imagine she would have said to the guard's offer to give her a tour: “Yes, we would like a tour.
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 headline: “ Atheist Stanford Professor Teaches Religion Is Mental Illness .” Well that was just too rich to pass up.
Reimagining Media Fairness
It’s a fantastic time to be a news junkie. I subscribe to Google Alert keywords for religion, health and mental health as well as news of the Oregon Coast where I live. For an international perspective, I track Al Jazeera , the BBC and Deutsche Welle.
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 cover in the grocery store checkout aisle.
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 with and befriend. After forty plus years, I’ve yet to meet any group of folks with such a combination of drive, intelligence, creativity, insight, wit, intense curiosity and outright quirky, irreverent humor. The bloggers of STAND are among the cream.
Scientology: The Genie is Out of the Bottle
The frustration level of those desperately trying to shove the Scientology “genie” back in the bottle seems to be at an all-time high. How horrifying is this time for those whose misdeeds and evil plans are being exposed at every turn.
The Looper’s Patrick Phillips Tells Us What’s “OK” to Hate
Let’s assume that Phillips wouldn’t say about Jerry Seinfeld that the director of his latest comedy special is excited to work with him “in spite of his being Jewish” or that Herbie Hancock’s new music is great “once you get past the fact that he’s a Buddhist.”
The “Other” Scientology—Why People No Longer Trust the News
According to a recent Gallup Poll, mistrust of news and information sources is at an all-time high. In the U.S., only 9 percent of those surveyed have a “great deal” of trust in mass media. Thirty-three percent have “none at all. ” Americans Remain Distrustful of Mass Media (gallup.