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Scientology hits back at Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear’ with predictable smears

FreedomTrioYesterday morning, we told you which eight former Scientologists we guessed were interviewed for Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival later that day.

Turns out we went eight for eight.

How’d the church do?

A sad one for six.

After the film let out and we were chatting with folks, one of our sources let us know that Scientology had posted videos of the people the church assumed were going to be in Alex Gibney’s movie. Of those, they only got one right — Jason Beghe. The others — Jesse Prince, Garry Scarff, Graham Berry, Mark Fisher, and Karen de la Carriere — aren’t in the movie at all.

Scientology had apparently assumed that because Lawrence Wright had talked to these people for his book, Alex Gibney would include them in his movie.

Wow, Scientology’s advance intel was really bad.

And what trouble the church went to! For each of them Freedom, Scientology’s propaganda magazine, put together slimy, smearing videos with old, irrelevant information.

The short video about Jason Beghe, for example, wants us to believe he’s a sinister and untrustworthy source because he can cry on cue — and they show a brief clip of him doing so.

But that’s because Jason Beghe is an actor, and crying on cue is something he does for a living.

Sheesh. Scientology can’t even smear people without looking like dicks.

Later in the night, we could see that Freedom had scrambled and put up smearing statements about the people who were actually in the movie. (But they left up the others apparently because hey, they’d spent the money on the videos, right?)

Each of the hastily posted articles rehashes old accusations about Marty Rathbun and his “posse” of former members as liars and thieves and worse.

And some are practically indecipherable. One person is condemned because her son had once employed Mike Rinder (huh?), and the same person is also smeared because of something she had done on church orders decades ago. Yes! Scientology smearing a former member for the things she did as a Scientologist! The mind boggles.

We’re not going to post links to this garbage, and we can bet the rest of the media will ignore the smears entirely. When is Scientology going to understand that no one pays attention to their incoherent ravings about their former members?

But even more sad is the way Freedom tries to make Lawrence Wright, Paul Haggis, Alex Gibney, and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins look bad.

We have to think that’s going to backfire in Hollywood, where these are respected figures, and there is going to be some serious discussion about this movie among the people of film-land.

Just keep smearing people, Scientology. At some point, Tom Cruise and John Travolta are going to have to answer for that, along with all the rest.

Now, getting back what was fun about yesterday, we’ll post this video of Gibney being interviewed on the red carpet, flanked by Mike Rinder and your proprietor. It gives a little flavor for how much fun we had…


The Goldbergs with Headley, Rinder, and your proprietor, mugging before the screening…


Very friendly Access Hollywood correspondent, no doubt thinking, who is this guy again?


Morgan Spurlock joined us in the green room…


It was a bright, sunny day in Park City…



Posted by Tony Ortega on January 26, 2015 at 07:00

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  • Whatever

    I’m not sure how the screen shots will come out, but here is the whole list. This is the combined stats for the 2 posts on Sunday. I found a way to differentiate between comments that start a new thread and those that are replies within a thread. I also was able to sum to votes for each commenter. (Note if you are looking through the whole list, Tony appears to have 2 usernames – one with a space between his first and last name, and one without.

    After Tony’s morning post, I will pull these stats from Monday’s post.

    Helpful? Worthwhile?

    • Shanester

      This is amazing. That’s a whole lot of Bunkeroos for there being only “60” of them (or was it 70?) Ha! Where is this list, or do you have a ring of power which grants you magical Disqus powers beyond the ken of us mere mortal SPs?

      Only quibble: alphabetization would rock 🙂

      • Graham

        It was 70; as against the true figure above of 386. It seems that ScienoMath has the peculiar elastic property of being 47x greater than WogMath when it’s good news for $camatology, but 6x less when the news isn’t so good.

    • RBE

      This is cool, but there are easier ways to generate all these stats (including across multiple posts) without having to mess around with Excel and pivot tables. If others are interested I can spend some time writing some code to generate all kinds of stuff (all in time for Thursday 2pm)?

      • Eivol Ekdal

        That is probably best left to OSA.
        I with Smokey.

        • RBE

          That’s cool with me. Didn’t the lawyers for scientology in the Rathbun case print out a forest load of the Bunker articles and comments to put into evidence? I feel sorry for the forests in the california area if this months Bunker articles and comments are a sign of things to come in 2015. 🙂

          • Smokey Wallisa

            Correct. They did. I don’t think a Bunkerite should be doing statistical analysis for them for free though.

            • RBE

              I see you made your Disqus account yesterday. Welcome to the Bunker! Are you a lurker coming out of the shadows?

            • Smokey Wallisa

              Thank you! Yes, I am.

            • Welcome!

          • Sydjazz


    • Smokey Wallisa

      Okay…I’m really not trying to be a dick here, I recognize the time and effort you’ve put into putting this together, but really what is the point? I don’t want the Underground Bunker comments to become stat driven. Personally, I don’t care who has the most up votes or who has the most reply comments (especially if the stats are due at 2 pm Thurs) although I do admit to searching by up votes when things are hopping (which is everyday now).

      • I see no point either. It’s interesting, but that’s about it.

      • RBE

        That’s cool with me. I would not call it being stat driven though, more of stat reporting with no whips attached to drive up/down numbers. 🙂

    • EnthralledObserver

      Don’t know if it’s useful, or worthwhile… but it’s a little bit of fun, so if you’re enjoying yourself, why not! 🙂

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+** RED X ** +–+ RED X *** Tuesday 27th of January

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,
    The score for yesterday, 117 new/refreshed ads bringing the Last 4 Days DOWN from 326 to 309 and the 7 days Regional List DOWN from 648 to 628
    RedX write up :
    RedX spreadsheet:
    For those who do not have much time but would like to send a message to Tony Chen do Sacramento in
    the Regional list TAB of the RedX spreadsheet. (see link above).

    DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

    Praying squirrel by StillGrace, rescued by TheCar, flickred by Aeger Primo:

    • Pierrot

      *** RED X +–+ NOTICE +–+ RED X ***
      Since the introduction of the “QuickFlag”, we have noticed a sharp drop in the number of new “Flagged for removal”.
      Coincidence? Is CL ignoring the flags or with all the Lulz there is no time left to flag or both?
      We monitored the “flagged for removal” for 2 weeks while the QF was in place and we are now doing the same with only the conventional method.

      1. Concentrate on your region and /or your adopted regions.(The closer to home the better).
      2. Use the reboot router method to acquire a new IP,
      3. Do not do the blues only, RE-FLAG the previous days.
      4. Check the Daily Wip regularly and flag new/refreshed ads.

      Ty AP

      • Graham

        Have to confess to having let the Red-Xing slide for a few days, amid the Sundance excitement. Back in the saddle now.

        Is this one Scieno?

        • I highly doubt. Entered in Qual List. Thanky.

        • Pierrot

          I take it as scieno, it is general hafeezah (noi) now morphed as lisa b. tel# 678.337.8349.
          I assume all her self help books are copies from lrh?

          • You might be right.

            • Pierrot

              She is based with noi Dallas & advertise in Atlanta ?? Well she is not scieno, so maybe we should not worry about her?

            • Dunno. Wonder what kind of workbooks she is using. Also, “MARRAIGE” is not a word, mobile or otherwise. Now I kind of wish I didn’t Qual that link. Flagged.

            • Pierrot

              Sorted, it is back at the top of the Daily wip & reactivated in the other schedules!

            • My bad. Thank you.

            • Pierrot

              It is really border line. When we finish with scientology there will still be many crazy cults to fight against!

            • Yep.

          • Graham

            Oh yes. This came up a few weeks ago. I didn’t realise ‘general’ hafeeza had changed her monicker. Scieno by any other name smells just as rotten.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Already posted ..4 hours ago
    This one you can click through to the original pic

  • EnthralledObserver
  • valshifter

    I’m inclined to believe Miscavige might need VISTARIL at this moment in time.

    • Sydjazz

      Is that a new word for baseball bat to the head?

    • Or as I suggested in a haiku for Lou—thorazine applesauce!

  • EnthralledObserver
    • EnthralledObserver

      Heh, heh – “Our Nic marrying the pint sized superstar”
      Good one, ACA! *snort*

      • Sydjazz

        Oh and what else do you expect from aca lol

      • Ella Raitch

        That was awesome.

        Every time I see ACA do a Scientology story I shout at the screen “what the fuck would you know Peter Ford?”

      • Missionary Kid

        I laughed at that one, too.

    • Sydjazz

      Bryan seymour was better on 7

  • Sydjazz

    When will they speak up? Or maybe him and jt are in the hole?

    • EnthralledObserver

      Incredible that they haven’t already – legal strategy when you are literally bent over a barrel MUST be difficult! 😉

  • Toni m

    They smear publicity is not going to help them. They are going to put questions in the people’s mind and when they look for the answers they may ask….. Can you explain to me like I’m a 6years old (Philadelphia movie)

    if all this ex-members are the worst of the worst…why?…
    Rathburn was assigned by david misgarbage to lure in the most “dedicated scio I ever met”, tom cruise…why he give to this person “a sandwich when he should had give him caviar?, don’t you send you best pilot to fly the best plane?” (Philadelphia).

    Jason B was assigned to be in many videos to promote scio….why?..
    Rinder was your spokesman for many years….why?…
    How have witnesses and papers ready for the producer of the documentary to refute it’s content when you didn’t know what to refute? and you got it wrong at the end. Did you have really the intention to give an interview to Mr Gibney?….. I con go on and on with this questions….But who is going to answer them?..
    david m? the one who hasn’t been in Texas, You Honor, my client is asking, do we have Texas in USA? .. well..He didn’t even know.,,

    tommy davis….Disconnection? we don’t have this think, disconnection? what is this thing disconnection?…..
    dm you are always doing the wrong thing, stop blaming others, give up, now will be the time.

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