Scientology TV

Phil and Willie Jones: And Now for the Rest of the Story…

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Outfront Media cancelled a signed contract they had with Phil & Willie Jones to display the couple’s “Call Me” ad on a billboard.

Now Outfront Media seems to have a contract with the Church of Scientology for a Scientology TV billboard. Jeremy Male, CEO of Outfront Media, earns our “Scientology Corporate Whore” award for June 2018. Enjoy your award Mr. Male. Media buyers everywhere should be cognizant of the disgraceful refusal of your firm to stand up for a fundamental human rights issue in favor of a payday from the Cult of Scientology.

The Call Me billboard went up thanks to Lamar Media and Clear Channel taking a stand and not caving into the Scientology Cult. Phil and Willie Jones are among the many brave and good people in this world who will stand up and fight the Church of Scientology’s brutal and sadistic policy of Disconnection:

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Scientology TV’s Futile Attempt to Normalize Scientology Deviance & Lies

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There is no possible way to normalize Scientology. Illustration from a 1984 Scientology book on the Cult’s brainwashing and mind control procedures.

The Cult of Scientology has been asynchronous with, and hostile to, Western Culture since Dianetics was released on May 9, 1950. Scientology has always been at odds with the world and has never been mainstream. And yet what Scientology so desperately craves is legitimacy and acceptance. According to the latest Scientology propaganda in social media, Scientology TV is a spectacular success. This tweet was featured today on Tony Ortega’s blog:


The emphasis of Scientologist’s Joachim von Neuhaus tweet is contained in this section:

Who are these “key world Opinion Leaders” referenced by Scientologist von Neuhaus? He very conspicuously fails to provide names. This demands we characterize his claim as wholly unproven until he offers evidence. Moreover, von Neuhaus betrays his Scientology cult mindset when he makes the rather absurd and foolish claim that watching Scientology TV will save the life of every “being” on this planet. The fact is that it costs $500,000+ to go up Scientology’s Bridge — an amount of money that the overwhelming majority of Earth’s population will never earn or have in their entire lives.

Scientology’s Television Channel & Tax Exemption Prove Nothing

Another Scientology fallacy at work in von Neuhaus’ tweet is that having a TV channel makes any group part of society. This is not valid reasoning. Having a TV channel only proves that one has a TV channel and nothing more.

In and of itself, merely having a TV channel does not confer legitimacy upon Scientology. Likewise, Scientology has fruitlessly argued since 1993 that having IRS tax exemption proves it is a legitimate religion. But this too is a logical fallacy because other deviant cultic groups such as Westboro Baptist Church also have IRS 501(c)3 tax exemption. The People’s Temple — the church behind the Jonestown mass suicide and murder of 912 people — also had tax exemption.

Scientologist von Neuhaus’ tweet goes to what Scientologist Joy Villa told her former campaign manager Robbie Olson: The goal of Scientology TV is to “normalize” Scientologists. The problem here is that Scientologists are not normal due to their strange Xenu-based cosmology; this as evidenced by a rather bizarre tweet made on May 2, 2018 by Scientologist John Mappin concerning marijuana:

Due to his Scientology-based ignorance, Scientologist Mappin does not understand that marijuana naturally evolved as a plant. Marijuana was not, as Mappin seems to think, engineered by malign ancient alien “botanical psychiatrists” who came from the planet Farsec as L. Ron Hubbard taught.

Scientology’s space opera aside, Scientology is incapable of ever being normalized for the simple reason that the Scientology Cult is deviant, malicious, and evil.  Scientology TV will not address the real questions:

  • Why has Shelly Miscavige not been seen since 2007? Why has David Miscavige locked her up?
  • Why does Scientology think it acceptable to use child labor in its Sea Org?
  • Why does Scientology pay Sea Org members slave wages and force them to work 100+ hour work weeks?
  • Why does Scientology practice Fair Game and Disconnection?
  • Why are Scientologists made to sign contracts that strip them of their legal rights?
  • Why is Scientology run by an unelected Dictator for Life named David Miscavige?
  • Why does Scientology refuse to give refunds and repayments to all who ask as it told the IRS it did? Why did Scientology lie to the IRS about this significant matter?
  • Why does Scientology protect its members that are sexual predators and child molesters?

There are many more questions that Scientology TV will not answer as it is not allowed to tell the truth about what Scientology really is and does. There is no normalizing Scientology because Scientology is abnormal.

Compounding matters is the fact that Scientology TV is operated by Scientology staff members. Per Scientology’s own policy, however, no one may ever rely upon any statements made by Scientology staff members. On this basis alone, we must accordingly reject all statements made by Scientology TV.

Scientology TV is checkmated per Scientology’s own policy:

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The “Meet a Scientologist” videos on Scientology TV are also crippled by the Church of Scientology’s refusal to stand behind anything any Scientology says about the effects of Scientology auditing. Note carefully the last paragraph of this statement from Scientology’s official website:


The next webpage on Scientology’s official site it makes it clear that Scientology guarantees nothing when it comes to auditing:


Here then is the undisclosed basis of the Church of Scientology: The Church itself takes all of the money, promises nothing, and refuses to make any claims regarding the efficacy of Scientology. This is done to avoid lawsuits. Instead, Scientology shifts the burden for the miraculous claims made by L. Ron Hubbard onto its staff members and parishioners. However, the Church will not stand behind any of these claims.

The Church of Scientology will no more stand behind John Mappin’s ridiculous claim that ancient alien “botanical psychiatrists” genetically engineered marijuana than it will any claim that Scientology can dramatically increase one’s IQ; allow one to have happier relationships; or allow people to gain OT powers, telepathic abilities, or any other special abilities. Thus, Scientology can only ever be self-validated based upon the subjective experiences of individual Scientologists. For this reason, Scientology is not a science. Scientology is a wholly subjective experience that arises in a copyrighted space opera in which lurk botanical psychiatrists, Marcab implanters, body thetans, and of course space lord Xenu.

Scientology TV will never tell anyone any of this.

Scientology TV is therefore inherently discreditable because the Church of Scientology does not stand behind anything said on Scientology TV. Moreover, Scientology TV must withhold the actual facts about Scientology from both Scientologists and the public. Scientology TV is therefore best understood as a mediocre propaganda organ and a profligate waste of $100 million in parishioner donations.

Scientology’s many and covert deceptions, hidden as they are in the fine print of the Cult, is yet another reason why Scientology can never be normalized.

Scientology TV: David Miscavige’s $4 Million Dollar per hour Vanity Project

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We open our article with a graphic from Scientology TV:

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This graphic is taken from Scientology’s official website and informs us that Scientology TV launched with only 25 hours of original content (1500 minutes). This is hardly a number to brag about — particularly after Scientology leader David Miscavige spent about $100 million to purchase, equip, and launch Scientology Media Productions and Scientology TV.

David Miscavige purchased the old KCET studio in 2011, so we also must factor in the seven years of time he took to actually get his 25 hours of original Scientology TV content on air. Looked at from a business perspective, this is a terrible and inefficient use of time and money. Like the Ideal Orgs or the Super Power Building, Scientology TV is yet another money-grabbing and financially wasteful Miscavige vanity project which absolutely fails to address the real issues that are destroying the Church of Scientology from within and without.

The $100 million dollar number translates to $4 million dollars per hour for 25 hours of new content. This is an alarming cash burn figure for 25 hours of Scientology content that few people will ever watch or even notice. In terms of contrast, HBO’s Game of Thrones spent $15 million per hour for its final episodes, this according to a 2017 story in Variety penned by and The difference between Scientology TV and Game of Thrones is the return on investment. According to Forbes, 16.1 million people watched the first episode of Game of Thrones final season. Game of Thrones was crucial to HBO’s “$1.6 billion in revenue and $583 million in operating income during the first quarter of 2017” per the Forbes article.

While it is not realistic to expect something as mediocre as Scientology TV to compete with HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones, it is realistic to expect David Miscavige to be a better financial steward of the donations made by Scientology’s parishioners. Miscavige’s profligate spend of $4 million per hour on content is excessive when we consider that Scientology TV is fundamentally propaganda that seeks to deflect attention away from the real issues of Scientology’s rapacious greed; its wanton exploitation of Sea Org members; the Cult’s use of child labor; and Scientology’s psycho-terrorist practices of Disconnection and Fair Game.

In their piece, Ryan and Littleton sum up the costs of contemporary television production:

At a moment when the television industry is grappling with a massive increase in the number of shows being produced, the ripple effects of Peak TV are surfacing in virtually every line item in a typical TV series budget.

Fueled by the rise of streaming heavyweights that don’t play by the same financial rules as traditional TV players, costs are soaring for everything from location scouting to renting equipment to securing post-production facilities…The estimates on the cost of content that emerged from these interviews peg the typical range of the production budget for high-end cable and streaming dramas at $5 million-$7 million an hour, while single-camera half hours on broadcast and cable run from $1.5 million to more than $3 million.

David Miscavige is spending big money like a Hollywood mogul. However, his spending will not result in the multibillion dollar annual earnings that successful Hollywood moguls deliver. Scientology TV will likely result in very little for the Church of Scientology except to mislead its parishioners into thinking that Scientology is growing and has surmounted decades of withering revelations about the corrupt and abusive practices of this “pay as you go” business that masquerades as a church.

Miscavige’s Scientology TV programming deliberately withholds Scientology’s space opera cosmology that is populated by Xenu, volcanoes, and body thetans. Scientology TV will also definitely never show the actual dollar costs of Scientology in which Scientologists must pay $500-$1000 per hour for auditing. At these prices, it is quite easy to spend $500,000 — or more — on your way up Scientology’s Bridge to OTVIII:

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This next Scientology graphic informs us that a Scientology Media Productions unit called “Central Ingest” receives 720 hours of raw footage everyday from Scientology shoot crews. This raw footage becomes Scientology TV:

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720 hours per day x 365 days in a year = 262,800 hours of raw footage that Central Ingest has to edit into original content to fill the 8,760 broadcast hours per year on Scientology TV’s 24/7/365 schedule. At $4 million an hour to create new content, Miscavige will be increasingly forced to cycle through the same content over and over simply to conserve cash.

Look at the bottom line: With a $4 million dollar per hour burn rate to create new Scientology TV content, 250 hours of content would cost one billion dollars. Scientology TV has the very real potential to bankrupt Scientology. Predictively, therefore, Miscavige will be forced to scale back his Scientology TV operation within a few months and reduce production costs to $50,000 per hour or less. I say this because, in its present form, Scientology TV is financially unsustainable.

Miscavige made his big initial investment in the Scientology Media Productions studio. However, this does not necessarily his mean his costs-per-hour of production time will go down. Television is an expensive business and Miscavige has had to bring in outside talent as the Sea Org simply cannot do professional television production on its own. Without professional outside help, the 262,800 hours of raw footage each year will quickly become a nightmarish backlog that has to be reviewed, scripted into a narrative, edited, and viewed for approval and release. Miscavige’s micromanaging style will also become a major bottleneck if he cannot delegate sufficient authority to release hundreds or thousands of hours of original content each year.

Scientology TV is all cost and no profit. Conversely, Scientology auditing is almost pure profit given Sea Org labor costs and the fact that all of Scientology Orgs are paid for. There are very little overhead costs for Scientology to deliver auditing. And of course IAS donations are pure profit as nothing is offered in return except cheap trophies.

Scientology TV’s initial performance has thus far targeted the safe low-hanging fruit, i.e. successful and non-controversial Scientologists: The banjo-making Deering’s; a skateboarder; a couple that makes custom lighting fixtures and chandeliers; and other innocuous people. Oddly, no Scientology celebrities have been featured. Conspicuously absent are Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Laura Prepon, etc. Even the Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss has been absent; this perhaps due to her less than charming behavior at the 2017 Emmy awards:

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Once Scientology has picked the low hanging fruit then what? Will it show the gritty reality of bankrupt Scientologists such as Richie Acunto whose $10 million dollar IAS Scientology trophy ignominiously wound up for sale on eBay?

Will Scientology TV do an episode on how everyday Scientologists write Knowledge Reports on each other in the snitching culture of Scientology? Will Scientology TV show how female Sea Org members are not provided with feminine hygiene products and must pay for tampons and such from their earnings of .50 cents per hour or less? When will Scientology TV tell the real truth about what Scientology actually is and does?

Scientology TV very predictably went on the attack against Psychiatry and Psychiatric drugs. Anyone could see this was coming; likewise we also knew that the phony PR stories and fake heroics of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers would be a part of the broadcast equation. Very predictably too were the stories of how The Way to Happiness saved Colombia.

Yet when will Scientology TV showcase Scientology’s notorious Office of Special Affairs where all of Scientology’s psycho-terrorist Fair Game operations are planned and managed? When do we get to see actual Scientology salespeople pressure Scientologists into going another $40,000 into debt to raise their IAS Patron status? When do we get to see a Scientologist solo auditing their body thetans for an hour or more everyday behind a locked door in their home?

The answer is that we will never see the cruel and miserable realities of everyday Scientology.

All that we will we will ever see on Scientology TV is Scientology PR; its attacks on Psychiatry; fake news from its phony front groups; and Nation of Islam members who have become practicing Scientologists. Scientology TV is nothing more than Cult TV.

In the final analysis, Scientology TV is David Miscavige’s $4 million dollar per hour vanity project meant to burnish his legacy within the insular confines of Scientology. The Scientology dictator made sure everyone knew Scientology TV was his baby when he shamelessly featured himself as the centerfold in a four-page wide photo-spread in the recent edition of International Scientology News:

The photo was taken at the LRH Birthday Event at which Miscavige announced Scientology TV. Miscavige can be seen behind his podium onstage at the center of the photo. He is surrounded by his adoring and euphoric throngs who can’t believe that Scientology finally has a TV channel a scant 71 years after DuMont, ABC, NBC, and CBS began broadcasting in the period 1947-1948.

America’s first big religious broadcaster was Bishop Fulton J. Sheen who began airing his show in 1951; this was the same year L. Ron Hubbard fled New Jersey for Wichita, Kansas after his first Dianetics Foundation went bankrupt and he was facing criminal charges in New Jersey for teaching medicine without a license. That Scientology is 70 years late in adopting television broadcasting is nothing new. Scientology spent tens of millions of dollars to build and open a 276,000-square-foot book-publishing factory in 2009 when paper books were racing into digital form on Kindle, tablets, and pads. Scientology’s Bridge Publications is still selling books and DVD’s in 2018. The Dianetics Kit sells for $75.00 and yet it points to a serious problem:

Scientology TV cannot broadcast anything contained in the Dianetics Kit or in any other products sold by Bridge Publications. To do so would cut into the revenues of Bridge. The hope of Scientology TV, therefore, is to get people to buy Scientology goods and services. And yet at $75.00 per Dianetics kit, Bridge Publications would have to sell 53,333 kits to offset the $4 million dollar cost of one hour of new content production by Scientology TV. This will never happen. Thus, one can begin to see the intractable problems created by David Miscavige’s extravagant and wasteful spending on Scientology TV. The man is truly fiddling while Rome burns.

Despite these glaring problems, the fawning prose describing the event when Scientology TV was announced to the faithful was downright embarrassing and helps to explain why Scientology is a Cult:

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The schedule for Scientology TV this weekend from Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM through Sunday, April 8, 2018 shows the highly repetitive programming that will quickly become the major pitfall of Scientology TV — this unless David Miscavige commits to huge burn rates of cash in the millions of dollars per hour to churn out new content. Seen from this perspective, the Ideal Orgs were a much better grade of failure for David Miscavige as they at least left Scientology owning real estate. In the case of Scientology TV there is no tangible return on the investment. Of course, Scientology claims that its TV channel will “boom” Scientology. However, the Cult says this same thing about all of its scammy cash-grabs: GAT I, GAT II, the Basics, Ideal Orgs, the Super Power Building, etc.

Below: This weekend’s Scientology TV schedule is shown on a PDF. The schedule repeats episodes on Scientologists Binod Sharma; James Speiser; a mother who became a media consultant; and The Way to Happiness. Sunday night features an L. Ron Hubbard marathon in which the Founder can be heard droning on at length in his various lectures. Does it get any more exciting than this?

Note: Hover your mouse over the PDF below to invoke the controls that allow you to page down through this three page document:

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Mike Rinder, Church of Scientology’s Former Spokesman On Fair Game & Season 3 of Aftermath

Scientology’s Fair Game puts the lie to Scientology TV. It does so by drawing the attention of the public to the fact that it is business as usual inside of Scientology. Mike describes how David Miscavige orders his OSA minions to do something about Leah’s show and how this results in actions that are irrational and actually harm Scientology by exposing its sleazy Fair Game tactics.

Mike then recounts the series of events that led him to escape from the Church of Scientology. This leads into a conversation in which Mike describes the internal justice system of Scientology and why the Church covers up sexual molestation and the other crimes and misdeeds committed by Scientologists.

Mike ends by talking about the Aftermath Foundation and how it exists to help Scientologists get started again in life after fleeing Scientology with literally nothing.