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Tony Ortega: Scientology TV station

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

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    I drove by about 2 hours ago and it was dead.

    There are large white sheets covering up some of the windows & upper portions of the building
  3. The white sheets are to cover up the signage and logos. You can see the sheet in Phil Jones's picture covering what is obviously a sign for the studio's main entrance. Clearly, they haven't opened yet.
  4. They will probably put up their usual ribbon crap the day before the opening event.

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    This morning, Tony Ortega published an update. Quote:

    Our second item comes from one of our most dogged, and most unsung, secret researchers. This person is indefatigable, hunting down amazing things for us that help us piece together our stories. And the other day, he stumbled across a small but perhaps telling thing about the Scientology Media Productions complex that we thought you might find interesting.

    SMP is the expensive new set of studios that Scientology has created out of the old KCET complex in Los Angeles that the church purchased in 2011. It was supposed to have its grand opening last Saturday, but then we heard that the ceremony was postponed. But at Mike Rinder’s blog, the former Scientology spokesman said he was told that the SMP did open in a stealth ceremony. We’re still looking for confirmation of that.

    In the meantime, we continue to wonder, what exactly are they going to do with this thing? Scientology already has a well-known set of state-of-the-art film studios, its Golden Era Productions complex at Gold Base, near Hemet, California. What are they going to do with the SMP?

    Scientology’s marketing materials have implied that the church is starting up its own television station, and for a few years we’ve been having some fun imagining what Scientology TV programming would be like. But so far, we’ve been unable to find proof that Scientology has applied for, or received, a broadcasting license for a TV station.

    Then, our dogged researcher noticed something. At Scientology’s application for a trademark on the SMP’s logo, it listed the following as the purpose of the facility:

    SMPServices-e1462509057795.jpg

    Notice there’s no mention of broadcasting, just pre-recorded video. We can imagine that this description is not the last word on what will be going on at the SMP, but it makes you wonder. Did Scientology spend millions for the acquisition and renovation of the KCET studios so it can merely pump out more DVDs and YouTube videos?

    If that’s the case, is the SMP mostly a fundraising tool, and a way for church leader David Miscavige to pull more workers out of Gold Base, which he’s been doing steadily since it was revealed in 2009 to contain a bizarre office-prison known as “The Hole”? Well, we wouldn’t put it past him.

    Source and comments:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/06/wh...nic-a-new-document-has-us-nostalgic-for-2008/
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  6. JohnnyRUClear Member

    * Purchase failed TV station
    * Use fake promises about it to bilk rich rubes
    * Actually use it as auxiliary private prison for more of my disgruntled slaves

    Just a typical church leader's to do list.

    Tom Cruise supports this (and vice versa).
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  7. I can just drive by again and see whether the white sheets are still there.

    Idk why they would keep them there if they had somehow opened already in a "stealth ceremony."

    Opening in a "stealth ceremony" and then leaving the sheets up covering their signs & logos even after their opening - for a media/PR facility, no less! - would be like a billboard broadcasting to the world that Scientology is a wounded animal.

    The CoS will keep the sheets there until they open the building. After the building is opened, they will remove the sheets for good.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

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  10. There are two Scientology Media Productions Trademarks for the "Goods and Services" of:

    * * * * * BEGIN QUOTATION * * * * *

    Communication and broadcasting services, namely, audio, video, online, radio, television, enhanced television, satellite and cable television services; simulcasting broadcast television, radio and Internet programs of live events and replay of live events and broadcasting of live television, radio and Internet programs; electronic transmission of audio, video, radio, television, enhanced television, satellite and cable television programming; cable television transmission

    * * * * * END QUOTATION * * * * *

    ScientologyMediaProductionsTrademark-001.PNG

    ScientologyMediaProductionsTrademark-002.PNG
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here are the instructions Scientologists are getting for the May 28 media center opening!

    By Tony Ortega, May 19, 2016

    Another day, another leak here at the Underground Bunker from an active member of the Church of Scientology. This one, in fact, is a current staffer.

    That’s all we can tell you, but our source wanted everyone to see the list of instructions sent to Scientologists for the big May 28 opening of the new Scientology Media Productions facility.

    In 2011, the church purchased the old KCET television studios at 4401 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and they’ve been fundraising and renovating since then to create a new set of state-of-the art television and radio studios there. Scientology already has a set of expensive studios at its International Base near Hemet, California, about 90 miles away. But ever since Int Base was also revealed to house a bizarre office-prison known as “The Hole,” Scientology leader David Miscavige has been reducing the population in Hemet and lessening the compound’s importance. Now, he’ll have TV studios only 3.4 miles from his office at Author Services Inc. on Hollywood Boulevard.

    “It seems as though this will be a complete logistical nightmare,” says our source. Well, judge for yourself. And if you plan on attending, please send us some photos! And always be polite and don’t argue with police or pushy Scientology security guards.

    SMPOpening.jpg

    Source and comments:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/19/he...gists-are-getting-for-the-may-28-smp-opening/
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  12. anon8109 Member

    if you plan on attending, please send us some photos! And always be polite and don’t argue with police or pushy Scientology security guards.
  13. JohnnyRUClear Member

    So does this place have a Super Power-ful Transmitter? Is it an Ideal Station? And, more importantly... does it have toilet paper?
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  14. RightOn Member

    "Look your best"?
    WTF is this faggotry? Is this high school picture day?
    Allow 2-3 hours to sign in? That alone would keep me from attending this fail opening. LOL
    Paranoid cult is paranoid.

    Hey LA! you're are not invited!
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    As Scientology prepares for Saturday’s grand opening, its controversial sign goes up

    By Tony Ortega, May 25, 2016

    The Church of Scientology’s new Los Angeles television studios on Sunset Boulevard suddenly became a hive of activity yesterday as preparations got underway for Saturday’s big grand opening. Scientology purchased the old KCET studios in 2011, and has been fundraising ever since to open what it’s calling “Scientology Media Productions,” a complex of TV and radio studios that the church says will help it get its message out.

    But one move by the church took locals by surprise. Cranes lifted a sign to the top of the facility’s 15-story antenna yesterday evening, and on local websites residents were buzzing about whether this was the neon sign the church had been told it couldn’t put on the tower.

    One of our readers lives in the neighborhood, and he tells us he’s pretty shocked to see the sign go up. Two of the people on his block are on the neighborhood council. “They said that the [church’s] application was rescinded based on advice from the council, but we’re gonna have to find out what really happened,” he says.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/25/as...ays-grand-opening-controversial-sign-goes-up/
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  16. RightOn Member

    the cult: "its temporary" :D
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  18. RightOn Member

  19. Scientology Media Productions Update.

    Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney has another excellent photo-essay containing sixteen photographs and accompanying text. I will sample only two below.

    Jenny at LAX: Calling All Squirrels—Scientology Media Productions Update

    https://jennyatlax.wordpress.com/20...uirrels-scientology-media-productions-update/

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    1%202016-05-25%20CAS-SPM%20Map_zps2p3knqs5.jpg

    Photo Caption: This map of PAC Base and SMP, courtesy Google Maps, will help event attendees and others to get their bearings.

    (1) The black box encompasses the streets that surround PAC Base: Sunset Blvd. to the north; Catalina St., to the west; New Hampshire Ave. to the east, and Fountain Ave. to the south. The blue box inside the black box indicates “Big Blue.”
    (2) This is the parking lot for the Los Angeles Organization (“LA Org”), located at 4810 W Sunset Blvd. The event flier indicates that event attendees will be required to go to this parking lot: “Everyone will need to sign in at the LA Org parking lot… Leave yourself at least 2-3 hours for this process.” The building south of LA Org is the American Saint Hill Organization (“ASHO”), located at 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way (“LRH Way”), the street in between Catalina St. and New Hamsphire. There are two entrances into LA Org’s parking lot: one from Catalina St., and the other is from LRH Way (see “A” and “B” below).
    (3) This square indicates the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”), located at 1306 LRH Way as well as the Continental Liaison Organization (“CLO”), at 1308 LRH Way and the International Association of Scientologists (“IAS”), on Fountain Ave.
    (4) This is a parking structure owned by scientology.
    (5) This is The Fountain, apartments for out-of-town scientologists doing training or auditing.
    (6) This is the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Vermont Ave., frequented by LA Org Body Routers (“BR”).
    (7) The black box encompasses the streets that surround the SMP facility: it’s bordered on the west by Sunset Blvd., to the north by Sunset Dr., and to the east by Hoover St.
    (8) This shows the actual SMP facility.
    (A) This is the Catalina St. entrance to the parking lot behind LA Org and ASHO.
    (B) This is the LRH Way entrance to the parking lot behind LA Org and ASHO.
    (C) This is the main entrance to SMP from Sunset Blvd., at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd.
    (D) If you were to drive south along Commonwealth Ave., and cross Sunset Dr. (the street that borders SMP to the north), you would drive right onto SMP’s back lot.
    (E) This appears to be a delivery entrance onto SMP from Hoover St.
    (F) This appears to be another delivery entrance onto SMP from Hoover St.
    (G) This is an entrance into a parking structure at the south end of the facility.
    (H) This might be an entrance to a good-sized alley that cuts through the center of the facility.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    SMPUpdate1.jpg

    Photo Caption: This sign (“Scientology Media Productions”) is the focus of the staging area. I’m standing on Hoover St., at item (F) on the map, looking at the entrance/exit onto and from Sunset Blvd.

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

    Attached Files:

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  20. Quentinanon Member

    I think folks can get through TSA lines at LAX airport much more quickly and they are looking for weapons and bombs: 11-20 min., 21-30 min., 31+ min.
    http://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/wait_times_detail.aspx

    Did you also notice this?:
    "You may bring your child to SMP, but they must be supervised at all times."

    So, if scifags are under 18, they don't have state i.d. yet, they are magically exempt from the security clearance process that takes 2-3 hours.
    I thought the paranoia level during the 1970's - 1990's was high. It sucks to be them.
  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Will Scientology’s celebrities heed the call and show up for today’s big media center opening?

    By Tony Ortega, May 28, 2016

    We hope to be hearing from several of our readers who will be on the scene today as Scientology has its latest grand opening, this time in Los Angeles for what is the most unusual and anticipated opening of a Scientology facility in nearly three years.

    <snipped>

    Today, we think the chances for spotting Scientology celebrities may be pretty high.

    Miscavige will be presiding over the grand opening of “Scientology Media Productions,” the renovated complex of television and radio studios that were the KCET studios on Sunset Boulevard the church purchased in 2011.

    We thought it was odd that Miscavige made that purchase — Scientology already has state-of-the-art studios and production facilities at its International Base, a secretive compound about 90 miles east of L.A., near Hemet, California. Also known as “Gold Base” for the presence of the studios and its production company, Golden Era Productions, that complex is fully capable of producing the many internal videos or other recordings that the church needs. So why raise money to set up another set of studios inside Hollywood itself?

    “This is really just to impress Hollywood media and Hollywood talent,” says a Scientology member affiliated with its Celebrity Centre who asked us not to use his name. “Some of the talent in Los Angeles was impressed by Gold, and a lot of celebs went up there when it first opened, even some who weren’t Scientologists. But since news about ‘The Hole’ got out, no one wants to go out there anymore.”

    In 2009, news of Scientology’s bizarre office-prison for executives, “The Hole,” was exposed in the media for the first time, five years after it had first been created by Miscavige. Since then, Miscavige has been de-emphasizing the importance of the Hemet compound, and the number of Sea Org workers there is much lower, our sources tell us.

    “My theory is that Hemet is going to be just a re-education center. Not much is going to happen there. So you can’t really have a media center there. Buying KCET’s studios and renovating them is a way to create a clean slate and impress the people in the L.A. area,” our celebrity source says. “The target audience is all the celebs. This is their opportunity now to have something like Gold right in their backyard.”

    Judging by the frantic calls he’s been getting from church executives begging him to come to the grand opening, our source says he expects other Celebrity Centre members have been getting the same appeals. “Every celebrity, big or small, is being told to be there.”

    But will they show up? And will we get a glimpse of them?

    <snipped>

    Today, we expect to hear from numerous people who are planning to be on the scene. We hope they can get us some reports, and we’ll post them here when we get them. Scientology tends to post its own press release and photos from the event about a day later. Will Cruise show up? Travolta? Kirstie Alley? The younger celebs, many of whom grew up in the church? We have to admit, we’re pretty excited to find out.

    Here's the complete article, with comments and updates:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/28/wi...-show-up-for-todays-big-media-center-opening/
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  22. RightOn Member

    " But since news about ‘The Hole’ got out, no one wants to go out there anymore.”

    cue in picture of head in the sand.
    To those who know about the Hole and they continue to support the COS?
    SHAME on you, you complicit bastards!
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    Childcare
    Will be provided at the Pacifica Base just like it was at Scientology's hell-hole for children at Mace-Kingsley years ago.

    ps7t7-jpg.185046.jpg t3iwj-jpg.183813.jpg Security Check for Children (Ages 6-12) developed by the Child-Abusing Monster: L. Ron Hubbard
    Google: L.Ron Hubbard abuses 4 year old Derek Greene on the Apollo.

    Bulletin September 21, 1961
    The following is a processing check for use on children.
    Be sure the child can understand the question. Re phrase it so he or she can understand it. The first question is the most potent.

    Children's Security Check Ages 6 - 12

    What has somebody told you not to tell?
    Have you ever decided you did not like some member of your family?
    Have you ever taken something belonging to somebody else and never given it back?
    Have you ever pretended to be sick (ill)?
    Have you ever made yourself sick (ill), or hurt yourself to make somebody sorry?
    Have you even wanted something every much, but never told anybody about it?
    Have you ever gotten yourself dirty on purpose?
    Have you ever refused to eat just to worry someone?
    Have you ever remembered something about yourself and not told anybody, because you thought they wouldn't believe you, or be angry at you?
    Have you ever refused to obey an order from someone you should obey?
    Have you ever told another child something that wasn't true, just to frighten or upset him?
    Have you ever bullied a smaller child?
    Have you ever deliberately got another child, or a grown-up, into trouble?
    Have you ever pestered grown people, who were trying to work?
    Have you ever been mean, or cruel, to an animal, bird or fish?
    Have you ever forgotten to give food or water to a pet entrusted to your care?
    Have you ever broken something belonging to someone else?
    Have you ever deliberately spoiled clothing of yours because you didn't like it?
    Do you have a secret?
    Have you ever noticed something wrong with your body that you were afraid to tell anybody about?
    Have you ever done anything you were very much ashamed of?
    Is there anything about you your parents could not understand, even if you told them?
    Have you ever failed to finish your schoolwork on time?
    Have you ever flunked an examination at school?
    Have you ever deliberately given a teacher trouble?
    Have you ever tried to make others dislike some teacher?
    Have you ever tried to make another child unpopular?
    Have you ever broken, damaged, or taken, any school property?
    Have you ever lied to a teacher?
    Have you ever been late to school, or late to a class?
    Have you ever stayed away from school, when you could have gone??
    Have you ever cheated by copying someone else's work, taking notes into an examination, or looking up answers in a book when you weren't supposed to?
    Have you ever spoiled things for somebody?
    Who have you made guilty?
    Have you ever done something you shouldn't when you were supposed to be in bed or asleep?
    Have you ever told others bad stories about someone?
    Have you ever tried to make others believe that your parents, or teachers, were cruel to you?
    Have you ever offered as an excuse for something you have done wrong that you are only a child, or that you haven't grown up yet?
    Have you ever felt that your parents and home were too good for you?
    Have you ever felt that your parents and home weren't good enough for you?
    Is there anything you should tell your parents, and never have?
    Have you ever done anything to some else's body that you shouldn't have?
    Have you ever told anyone that you did something, when you hadn't really done it?
    Have you ever told anyone that you hadn't done something which you really had done?
    Have you ever ganged up on another child and made fun of him because he was different from the rest of you?
    Have you ever made fun of another because of the way he looked?
    Have you ever decided never to talk to someone again?
    Have you ever made your parents or teachers work harder than they should?
    Have you ever decided that you were too bright, or too smart for the other kids?
    Have you ever annoyed an adult by something you did or said?
    Have you ever hurt a child?
    Have you ever mae a child cry?
    Have you ever made a child sulk?
    Have you ever kept another child from having something that really belonged to him?
    Have you ever found anything and failed to return it to its owner?
    Have you ever told stories about someone behind their back?
    Have you ever lied to escape blame?
    Have you ever not told the whole truth about something so as to protect someone?
    Have you ever felt ashamed of your parents?
    Have you ever disappointed your parents?
    Have you ever run away when you should have stayed?
    Have you ever felt sure your parents wouldn't understand something that had happened in school, so you didn't tell them?
    Have you ever not told teachers something about your family because they wouldn't understand it?
    Have you ever failed to keep another child's secret?
    Have you ever felt it was just no use talking to someone?
    Have you ever hurt someone you didn't mean to?
    Have you ever been sloppy about your clothes or possessions?
    Have you ever cried when you shouldn't have?
    Have you ever been a coward?
    Have you ever made too much fuss over a little hurt?
    Have you ever tried to make your parents believe you were doing better in school than you were?
    Have you ever told on anyone?
    Have you ever teased younger children?
    Have you ever mae a mess and not helped to clean it up?
    Have you ever broken or damaged something and never told anybody it was you who did it?
    Have you ever let someone else get punished for something you did?
    Have you ever cried till you got your own way?
    Have you ever decided "Someday, when I'm grown up, I'll get even"? If so, with whom?
    Have you ever picked on someone smaller than yourself?
    Have you ever upset anyone by throwing a temper tantrum?
    Have you ever hurt anyone by telling them you didn't love them any more?
    Have you ever made out that you were more badly damaged than you were in order to make someone stop picking on you?
    Have you ever pretended to like someone that you didn't like in order to satisfy your parents?
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  24. RightOn Member

    "Look your best"
    Bring plenty of lube.
    Bend over.
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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

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  26. David Miscavige is an Ass.

    David Miscavige is a Clown.

    This makes David Miscavige an...........

    Yes, you are correct.........an Douchebag.
  27. The Wrong Guy Member

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  28. Kilia Member

    I wonder what would happen if someone said "No" to all those questions?
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  30. RightOn Member

    soooooo any sauce?
  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    It’s a miracle! Scientology put ‘more than 10,000’ people in these 1,000 chairs!

    By Rod Keller, May 29, 2016

    Quote:

    Yesterday, the Church of Scientology posted an overhead photo of the chairs it had put out for its grand opening of its new media center in Los Angeles (a cropped version of that photo is shown above). Several of our readers made counts of those chairs, and all came up with an agreement of around 1,000 seats.

    In short videos that were posted from the event, attendees could also be seen on balconies and other areas. So, a generous estimate for the total number of people who attended the brief ceremony would be about 2,000. With the foreshortening effect from Scientology’s use of wide-angle lenses (and not with Photoshop, as is so often leveled at the church) the crowd looks bigger than that, as you’ll see in the photos. But this event is down from the 2,500 people Scientology attracted three years ago for its last really big opening in the US, the November 2013 dedication of the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida.

    And Los Angeles is generally understood to have the largest concentration of Scientologists in the world. So 2,000 is a pretty unimpressive showing for a group that claims to be the fastest growing religion on earth, with millions of members. (A 2012 Scientology TV ad claimed that 4.4 million new members were joining every year.)

    Once again, the turnout tends to corroborate what we’ve been hearing from inside Scientology, that the organization is shrinking fast and may now be under 20,000 active members worldwide at this point.

    But even as Scientology is shrinking, its ability to lie like a rug is not in short supply. According to the church itself, David Miscavige presided over a ceremony that included an audience of “more than 10,000 Scientologists and friends.” None of the photos provided by the church show any of Scientology’s big celebrities, and so far, we’ve seen no reports that any of them were on hand, even though, as Tony reported yesterday, his inside source told him that celebrities were being hounded to attend.

    <snipped>

    Also, Scientology’s sign atop the SMP’s antenna did light up last night even though the church withdrew its request for permission from the local neighborhood council for the sign. It will be interesting to see if city officials do anything about it. We’re doubtful.

    Here's the complete article, with photos and comments:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/29/it...-more-than-10000-people-in-these-1000-chairs/
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  32. RightOn Member

    hate that people spoke at this big fucking joke of an opening
    Poons are needed!

    Leon Gubler President/CEO Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
    Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
    Mail to: 7018 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    Main: 323-469-8311
    Fax: 323-469-2805
    Email: info@hollywoodchamber.net
    - See more at: http://hollywoodchamber.net/index.php?page=22#sthash.Rk6YjNvt.dpuf

    Kevin James Director LA City of Film and TV Office
    City of Los Angeles
    Board of Public Works
    200 North Spring Street, Room 361
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-4801
    Mail Stop 464

    General Information - (213) 978- 0262

    http://bpw.lacity.org/BPW-Contacts.html

    Captain Arturo Sandoval
    North East Division LAPD
    Sandoval was promoted to Captain on October
    6, 2013, and appointed as the Rampart Division Patrol Commanding
    Officer.
    http://www.lapdonline.org/rampart_community_police_station/comm_bio_view/54589

    Linda Dishman - President and CEO of LA Conservancy
    https://www.laconservancy.org/about/staff
    (213) 623-2489
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  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    In my news searching I've noticed that several sites in Australia are currently running an article about the opening that reads like a cult press release.
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  34. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Big, big poos.
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  35. RightOn Member



    guess I was thinking of the people who spoke LOL!!!!
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  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    The cult uploaded this to YouTube a few hours ago:

    Scientology Media Productions (SMP) Tour



    Here's the caption they wrote:

    Welcome to Scientology Media Productions: Religion’s Massive Communications HQ Opens to the World!

    Take a tour! [link snipped]

    Church’s advanced, multi-platform, totally reinvented and restored motion picture and television studio launched May 28 in Hollywood delivering the message of help — unadulterated and pure — everywhere.

    One hundred fifty feet above Sunset Boulevard, at the center of a sprawling Hollywood, California, studio stands a communications tower emblazoned by a symbol: broadcasting waves flanking two triangles and a stylized “S”. The lofty logo boldly introducing itself to the entertainment-communications capital of the planet means only one thing.

    “Our uncorrupted communication line to the billions,” said David Miscavige, the religion’s ecclesiastical leader, in a speech to more than 10,000 Scientologists and friends at the inauguration of the Church’s global media center. “Because as the saying goes, if you don’t write your own story, someone else will. So, yes, we’re now going to be writing our story like no other religion in history. And it’s all going to happen right here from Scientology Media Productions.”

    Scientology Media Productions (SMP) is poised to broadcast important, good, vital news to the world. News reaching TV screens; facts and opinion destined to radios; magazines hot off of digital presses; information beamed to computers, tablets and cellphones.

    Yes, Scientology is in the news — that’s certainly proof that the religion is so interesting. But now Scientology Media Productions IS the media.
  37. JohnnyRUClear Member

    So interesting.

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