A Sad Story of Tabloid Journalism

I am not saying something new when referring to tabloids as offensive to logical minds. But recently another magazine has joined the crowd of mind-boggling, hair-raising and nausea-inducing “news” magazines: Vanity Fair. Calling Maureen Orth’s recent Vanity Fair story about the Church of Scientology a “piece of trash” is actually an understatement. Even trash is more useful than Orth’s delusional rendition of the truth. The amount of unverified and misrepresented data in this article hits a new low in current journalism. And it is not a surprise to find out that it was completely based on the usual anti-Scientologist crowd a la Rathbun and Headley. Not one person presented in the story was actually talked to.  Headley, who just lost a second time in court against the Church and is notorious for changing his story as it suits him, is the grand “source” for Mrs. Orth. This journalist is a lost cause.

To save Vanity Fair, write to its editor at letters@vf.com . There might be some hope that they come to their senses. But we have to tell them about the erosion of quality that is happening right under their eyes.

The Church of Scientology issued a statement on the article. It is very well worth reading:

http://www.scientologynews.org/statements/csi-responds-to-vanity-fair.html

– L

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Ok, this might be a girl thing now…

Some of you boyz on the blog might not understand this, but I like Tom Cruise movies! I grew up with this guy. And I never agreed to this “special deal” he gets on the internet when it comes to his membership in the Church of Scientology. So I am glad he could go on Oprahs Winfrey’s show (which I do not watch, normally) and say something about the allegations. I mean, in the end, he is an actor, a father, a family man, and a Scientologist. No big deal. Check out his new website, www.tomcruise.com (doesn’t work somehow without the “www”).

Below is an article about it. Make up your own mind.

If you had to work during the show (like me) and misprogrammed your VCR (like me) there is a chance to watch it the part of last Friday online at redlasso.com.

– Louanne

http://www.hiphop-elements.com/article/read/4/23559/1/

Tom Cruise was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday from his Telluride, Colorado home.

Cruise made national attention the last time he was on the show in May 2005. Cruise was on the set, jumping on the couch, professing his love for his new girlfriend, whom he did not mention by name. His girlfriend was later identified as Katie Holmes, who he married one month later.

This is part one of a two-part interview with Cruise on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Winfrey was welcomed to the Telluride, Colorado home with her own pair of personalized slippers.

Winfrey interviewed Cruise about his couch-jumping incident and his involvement with The Church of Scientology.

“That was a moment, and it was real, and I don’t know if I would (do it differently). I really don’t,” Cruise admitted about jumping on the couch.

“It’s a minority religion, and I think that sometimes people misinterpret [it],” he says about Scientology. “I think the best thing is for people to read about it themselves. I believe people have the right to choose what they believe in.

“The code of Scientologists says you respect the religious beliefs of others,” Cruise adds. “That’s part of being a Scientologist, and that’s who I am as a person.”

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