Tony Ortega will buddy up to the worst, most criminal abusers in Scientology history such as Mike Rinder and Mark Rathbun in order to have a steady stream of quotes from “former Scientology officials”, and only rarely ever press them publicly to tell what they know so that decades of their victims can be healed.
And yet when he gets the chance to attack the mother of a suicide victim to public ridicule, just because they are powerless and available to him, he will dig deep on them and even follow up years later when he finally gets the dirt.
Scientology needs to be exposed, and no one has done it better in recent years than Tony Ortega. But targeting victims of Scientology such as Taylor Tweed’s mom and family, while giving the worst abusers a pass so he can continue to get quotes from them is, and always will be, disgusting to me.
Alanzo’s Top 5 Criticisms of Tony Ortega and His Underground Bunker
In keeping with the creation of an open environment where cult thinking can continue to evaporate, here are my Top 5 Criticisms of Tony Ortega and his Underground Bunker:
- Being a “never-in”, Tony Ortega has often displayed a problem in telling the “Vics” from the “Perps” in Scientology. And he continually demonstrates that he does not understand what it was really like to have been a Scientologist.
- Tony Ortega repeatedly whips up intolerance and cruelty in his blog commenting community, and keeps it going for as long as it benefits himself personally – no matter who gets harmed.
- In addition, Tony Ortega often inserts his own views into his reporting, under his private rationalization that he is being a “reporting columnist”. He then pretends his opinions are facts because he knows better than anyone else. And where is his evidence so we can see it? That’s confidential.
While most of his readers believe that Tony Ortega is an unbiased, objective journalist, reporting just the facts on Scientology, if you step back and look at his years of reporting, it is clear that he is anything but unbiased.
Even Tony Ortega does not see himself as an objective, unbiased reporter on Scientology. He sees himself as a Reporting Columnist:
My main criticism here is that Tony Ortega does not make this clearly known to his readers, as you would see opinions only on the opinion page of a newspaper. This is very bad journalistic practice.
- As an atheist, Tony Ortega has contempt for all religious and spiritual pursuits, and his overiding contempt works its way into the heads of Ex-Scientologists and makes them hate themselves for ever using Scientology on their own much larger spiritual path. For people who have lost their religion and are groping for their own next steps, this is extremely destructive and blatantly beating people when they are at their weakest.
- Personally, after reading his blog for over 6 years now, I think Tony Ortega is way too many characteristics of a troll, than a trusted source of news on the subject of Scientology. He has produced a lot of good factual information on Scientology, but he has also damaged the reputations of good people with his trolling and information control.
It’s always good to be tolerant of criticism within any tribe. That way, new ideas can be allowed to be tested and rise to the top if they are found worthy. And where expectations are not being met – corrections can be made so expectations can be met in the future.
Criticism also breaks down cultic thinking and allows all kinds of ideas which are forbidden in cults. It can also break up the fervent militarism which can develop in tribes of human beings who believe they are fighting the righteous fight like the anti-Scientologist tribe which Tony Ortega runs.
Both of these very human tribes can benefit from criticism.
Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to a non-cult environment on the Post-Scientology Internet.