The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)


The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)
Taylor Berman

The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as 'Sponsored Content' (UPDATE)

The Atlantic – the one time publisher of Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton – is now publishing blatant Scientology propaganda. The “sponsored content,” which went up Monday around noon, features all sorts of breathless praise for Scientology and its alleged growth last year.

The post is basically one long tribute to David Miscavige, the “ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion”:

Mr. Miscavige is unrelenting in his work for millions of parishioners and the cities served by Scientology Churches. He has led a renaissance for the religion itself, while driving worldwide programs to serve communities through Church-sponsored social and humanitarian initiatives.

And focuses on Miscavige’s plans to expand the religion’s already existing churches:

David Miscavige spearheaded a program to build every Church of Scientology into what Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard termed “Ideal Organizations” (Ideal Orgs). This new breed of Church is ideal in location, design, quality of religious services and social betterment programs. Each is uniquely configured to accommodate the full array of Scientology services for both parishioners and the surrounding community. Ideal Orgs further house extensive public information multimedia displays that introduce every facet of Dianetics and Scientology, along with libraries, course and seminar rooms for an introduction to and study of Scientology Scripture. Chapels serve to host Sunday Services and other congregational gatherings.

It is from these Ideal Churches that Scientologists extend their humanitarian programs to mitigate intolerance, illiteracy, immorality and drug abuse.

The post then lists the “unprecedented 12 Ideal Scientology Churches” built around the world last year, including locations in Germany, California, Italy and Israel, with accompanying pictures of each opening’s celebration.

And let’s not forget the comments. Of the 17 comments posted as of this writing, 11 are so pro-Scientology they read as though they’re an extension of the original post. A bold, proud day for The Atlantic and its fine history of journalistic excellence.

For their part, Atlantic staffers seem to be distancing themselves from the post by tweeting about Lawrence Wright’s forthcoming Scientology exposé, Going Clear:

         Jeffrey Goldberg@JeffreyGoldberg

There’s no time like the present to tout my friend Larry Wright’s great new investigation of the Church of Scientology: theatlantic.com/national/archi…

         James Fallows@JamesFallows

MT @JeffreyGoldberg: No time like the present to tout my friend Larry Wright’s great new investigation of Scientology: bit.ly/Um0Gwx

A wonderful new book about Scientology, highlighted by our @JeffreyGoldberg. bit.ly/UM9j1O

UPDATE: The Atlantic took down the post, writing: “We have temporarily suspended this advertising campaign pending a review of our policies that govern sponsor content and subsequent comment threads.”

Here’s a screen grab of the original post, in case you missed it.

[The Atlantic]

Benjamin Netanyahu Plagiarizes Looney Toons | But He Ain’t The Wascally Wabbit!


What do Netanyahu and Wile E. Coyote have in common? Bibi Pulls Out A Cartoon Bomb To Explain to UN The Iranian Nuclear Threat
The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted that ‘Netanyahu’s bomb cartoon is the Middle East equivalent of Clint Eastwood’s chair’

Via:- Destro

I knew ACME was in the bomb business but this is ridiculous!

[Link: www.carbonated.tv…]

What do Netanyahu and Wile E. Coyote have in common?

Other than looks you mean? Well both have their devilish plots, deceptions and grand schemes that typically backfire. They also have the wonderful ACME bomb sketches and ofcourse their continuous harrassement of their foes, the Road Runner in one case and the Palestinians/Iranians on the other- Beep Beep anyone.

In what is going to be remembered as one of the goofiest performances of all times at the U.N. Netanhyahu’s attempts to graphically scare the world about the dangers of the Iranian bomb backfired as his cartoonish sketch became the subject of ridicule in various media circles and is sure to be featured on all late night talk show circuits imminently. Hey Bibi, how about outsourcing the graphics to India the next go around?

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CHART OF THE DAY: Benjamin Netanyahu Pulls Out A Cartoon Bomb To Explain The Iranian Nuclear Threat

Brett LoGiurato

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out this chart to describe the threat of a nuclear Iran during his speech to the UN General Assembly…..

“We must face the truth,” he added. Economic sanctions, he said, are not enough to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He said “a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program” needs to be established.

Here’s the red line:

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So far, there have been mixed reactions to the chart.

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted that it “It’s Official, Netanyahu has no idea what he is doing and turned a serious issue into a joke: Image: jeffrey-goldberg.png

Goldberg followed up that it was Netanyahu’s equivalent of the Republican National Convention’s Clint Eastwood moment.

Not to worry though!

Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, on the other hand, called it “effective” and “gripping.”

Read more: [Link: www.businessinsider.com…]