This is another piece that appears on the STAAD site.
They got me to go check it out this site with their silly boycott business…. Otherwise I probably would never have seen it. While nosing around I came across this amazing piece of work.
According to this genius The Aftermath is a plot by….
I wish I knew about this…
I have put her full article below along with some of my editorial comments in red….
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. These sources might have even espoused alarming accounts from a few individuals who left Scientology. [“Might have”?? “A few”??]
If one suggested that these articles, documentaries and TV shows were fabricated, you might be reluctant to believe it. How could that even be possible? For these sources to be lies, there would have to be a far-reaching, systematic misinformation campaign permeating our media.
Who would even orchestrate something like that?
You’re not a conspiracy theorist. Let’s be realistic. [Yeah, nothing like being realistic… and this is NOTHING like being realistic. This is a study in tortured “logic” not realism]
Americans consume a staggering 15.5 hours of media every day, and what we watch and read clearly has an impact on what we think, and thus public opinion. Which is why it is so important that journalists tell it like it is.
The media is tasked with delivering that unbiased truth to the public, and news networks pride themselves on being “truthful.” CNN’s slogan is “The Most Trusted Name in News.” Fox News’ tagline has been “Fair and Balanced” for decades (until recently).
So if every network or newspaper claims to be a shining paragon of pure fact wouldn’t it be crazy to suggest there was an anti-Scientology propaganda campaign designed to discredit the religion? [Yes, it would]
Well, actually, not so crazy. The U.S. has a checkered past full of propaganda campaigns.
Beginning in the 1950s, during Cold War years, the CIA used journalists to influence public opinion by planting false information through a program called Operation Mockingbird. [Oh, so it’s the CIA??]
The Tobacco Industry knew as early as 1950 that cigarettes caused cancer, but this information was suppressed with misleading news articles and advertisements until 1998, when they were forced to acknowledge the physical dangers of smoking. [Well, this is rich — perhaps the author doesn’t know what L. Ron Hubbard said about smoking and cancer? It’s not smoking that causes cancer, it is not smoking enough…. Really bad example to use Liv. You should do a little more homework]
Who would benefit from discrediting Scientology?
[Interesting question — but wrongly stated because nobody benefits from that. It should say “Who would benefit from ending the abuses of scientology? That answer is obvious]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused the mainstream media of influencing presidential elections. [Your point?]
It’s not difficult to see the pattern here. Powerful players in government and multi-billion dollar industries want to protect their interests so they use their media connections to develop propaganda campaigns that turn the tide in their favor. [THIS is the pattern you have decided to hang your hat on?]
Now, back to Scientology. The “news” sources that denigrate the religion smell like propaganda campaigns. [Smell like? Which ones?] These networks don’t bother interviewing any of the overwhelming majority of Scientologists who are still in good standing with the church and they conveniently overlook the fact that their ex-Scientologist sources were kicked out for unethical behavior. [Now Liv, you know this is just not true. A hundred letters or more have been sent to scientology asking for people to interview. The last person scientology agreed to have be interviewed was a LAWYER Monique “Blinky” Yingling. You have refused to allow ANYONE to be interviewed for The Aftermath. Your spokespeople run away when they see a camera crew on the street and refuse to engage. This is just another of your bald-faced lies]
Journalists like Richard Behar and Lawrence Wright who have written scandalous accounts of Scientology have been proven again and again to be liars and propagandists. [Proven? Really? You sued Time magazine and Richard Behar and LOST. You threatened Lawrence Wright and everyone else and have never even FILED a lawsuit… So what exactly is your proof?]
Vocal ex-Scientologist sources like Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have even admitted that they were paid by television networks to provide sensationalist accounts of the “evils” of Scientology. [Nope, they have admitted they were paid by A&E to produce a show that would give a forum for the victims of scientology to speak — not a single one of them has been paid ANYTHING]
But why? Who would benefit from discrediting Scientology?
The answer is Big Pharma. [OMFG — she got to this conclusion from that string of “logic”] This multi-billion dollar industry pulls the strings on mainstream corporate media. Almost every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one drug company. And it doesn’t stop there. [Well shit, that proves it]
Pharmaceutical companies spent over $3 billion per year on drug advertisements. FDA drug trials are falsified and fast-tracked. Medical journals are paid to promote the new “wonder drugs.” [And this connects to the abuses being exposed in scientology how?]
And drug companies regularly obscure the dangerous effects their drugs have on public health. One in six Americans are on psychiatric drugs, including hundreds of thousands of children under a year old. Big Pharma is everywhere, and it stops at nothing to expand its hold on American minds.
Scientologists oppose psychiatric drugs because of their harmful effects on the mind and body. The Church is one of the few organizations in the world that stands up—loudly—against the prevailing doctrine that psychiatric drugs are the only solution to mental health. [You have a WAY overestimation of the impact you have on “Big Pharma” or anyone else for that matter. They don’t even know you exist. Sorry]
Now the idea that there might be a funded, coordinated misinformation campaign about Scientology begins to look more and more realistic. [Only if you have a single digit IQ. There is NOTHING that would lead anyone to this conclusion — boy do I wish these multi-billion dollar companies were dishing out the cash… Actually, now that you mention it Liv. The BIGGEST single contributor to scientology’s coffers is Bob Duggan. His money comes from… wait for it… yes, it is true: BIG PHARMA. Maybe scientology is really who is being controlled and influenced by Big Pharma?]
So ask yourself: does it make sense to buy into the “accounts” of a small handful of rabid ex-Scientologists who stand to gain a big payout for discrediting the church that kicked them out? [What is this big payoff you are talking about? Getting some of the Duggan Big Pharma money?]
Or does it make sense that millions of happy Scientologists around the world belong to a church that improves their lives, which is why nothing will stop them from being Scientologists, no matter the media storm raging? [Millions? Seriously? Have you noticed you are unable to even fill the Shrine Auditorium ONCE A YEAR? And that only holds 6300 people? In 1993 the LA Sports Arena had 10,000. That’s nearly 25 years ago. This is another illogic — “should you believe all those stories about people being abused by pedophile priests or all the happy catholics in the world?]
Think for yourself. Keep your own counsel. And get your information straight from the source.
[Great advice Liv. You should probably listen to yourself more often….]