Earlier today, Tony Ortega published his Sunday funnies page on his ‘Underground Bunker’ website, “… thanking Bunker regulars “Bury The Nuts” and Dee “DeElizabethan” Findlay for tracking down a copy of the new “Florida Edition” of Freedom magazine for us yesterday.”
“Tony Ortega (born 1963) is an American journalist and blogger who is best known for his daily blog about the Church of Scientology. From 2007 to 2012, he was the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Previously, he had been the editor-in-chief of the Broward-Palm Beach New Times from 2005 to 2007.”
Ortega stated that he is working on a book about Scientology, and when I commented to him about it in Connecticut a couple months ago when we attended an SP party, we both rolled our eyes and smiled. Indeed, writing about Scientology can lead one down many rabbit holes.
From the many emails, private messages, and phone calls with Tony Ortega, I know him as a serious ‘fact-checker’ for everything he writes and publishes. Ortega’s a serious guy when digging up dirt on the cult, but also has a very humorous side, as seen in his following posts today:
“We could tell you that Scientology has a virulent hatred of psychiatry and thinks it’s doing the world a service by blaming the Holocaust on “psychs” and attacking the pharmaceutical industry. But you probably know that already, so we thought we’d do something more fun and imagine if this magazine had been put together by people who had a very different view of drugs and took them by the handful.
Imagine the possibilities…
– “While Floridians Sigh, Psychiatrists Crossfit”
– “The Radisson Parvenu of Smug Harkening”
– “Opium, Morphine, Heroin, Oxycodone: Four Swinging Sisters”
– “A Segmented Worm Against Bugs”
OK, maybe that’s a bad idea. Let’s just forget the whole thing. Freedom seems destined to slip into obscurity anyway, so we won’t spend any more time thinking about it.
Instead, let’s get back to our regular weekly feature, Sunday Funnies, when we reveal the Scientology mailers that have been forwarded to us by our network of tipsters.”
Ortega took well earned, first place honours at the previous 2 SP Parties in Connecticut at Pooks annual event – attracting SPs from several countries.
In the imbedded video of Ortega giving his acceptance speech, he says; “I’m a reporter covering a story, it’s very nice to hear that I’m fair. I do write stories that I believe are very fair to Scientology … I write stories that anger Ex’s, write stories that anger Indies – I think that’s my job …”
I think many would agree that Tony Ortega is a man of integrity, writes the truth about the cult of Scientology, and is appreciated and loved by many.
David Edgar Love