Dupes of Mike Rinder: LA Times Reporters James Queally & Matthew Ormseth

These days, Mike Rinder is pitching himself as the “former spokesman” for the Church of Scientology to distract the media from Scientology’s criminal activities.

I thought it was bad when, for years, Tony Ortega went along with this. But my brain exploded last week when two Los Angeles Times reporters, James Queally & Matthew Ormseth, used Rinder for quotes on thier story about the Danny Masterson case called “Scientology’s Secrets Spill Into Open in Danny Masterson Rape Case” – and they identified Rinder as a “former spokesman” for Scientology:

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Queally & Ormseth, and their editors Scott Kraft & Shelby Grad, could have checked Mike Rinder’s own website to see that he was lying to them about who he was for their article.

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Even worse, Queally & Ormseth, and their editors Scott Kraft & Shelby Grad, could have checked their own newspaper’s archives for the LA Times groundbreaking series exposing Scientology in June of 1990 where LA Times reporters Robert Welkos and Joel Sappell identified Mike Rinder as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Special Affairs in charge of the Church’s destruction of its critics – including them.

But it gets worse.

Their fellow LATimes reporter Joel Sappell’s German Shepard was poisoned, and Joel Sappel had very good reason to believe Scientology did it in retaliation of his series on them. Sappell made a trip to see Marty Rathbun in 2012, who claimed he was ‘out’ of Scientology, to see if Rathbun would admit to the poisoning. This article in the LA Times Magazine was the result:

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Who Killed Joel Sappell’s Dog? Have the LA Times abandoned their own reporters now in order to get a quote from Mike Rinder?

Scientology Won’t Set Me Free” was LA Times Reporter Joel Sappell’s investigation to find out if Scientology killed his dog, as they’ve been suspected to have killed many peoples’ pets, including judges who prosecuted them – back when Scientology used to be prosecuted – and Ex-Members who spoke out. And of course, Danny Masterson’s alleged victims have stated their dog was killed by Scientology.

This is brain exploding stuff for anyone who has been around long enough to have seen this.

All I can conclude is that Scientology’s whitewashing of Mike Rinder, and its revision of its criminal history, is working.

And the LA Times now joins Tony Ortega in helping Scientology achieve it.

1 thought on “Dupes of Mike Rinder: LA Times Reporters James Queally & Matthew Ormseth”

  1. Many of your readers may not be aware of the role OSA plays in Church operations. While on staff in the late 80s/early 90s, we had a member who was declared suppressive and was in a messy divorce. He had threatened to drag the Church into the custody hearing. A Sea Org mission was fired into the org to handle the situation. They had full briefing packs, data files, and a custom program to “resolve” the situation. Three Sea Org members worked for weeks to defuse the matter. They sent daily reports to OSA Int.

    The Commanding Officer OSA Int would be fully aware of all legal threats facing any organization within the Church of Scientology International. He would also approve any programs written to address the threat, including the use of “dirty tricks”.

    “Spokesman” Mike Rinder deceptively downplays his role, and makes himself out to be as influential as the janitor. The reality is far different.


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