Media Mayhem – Sandusky, Scientology & Ethical Journalism with Gawker.com Senior Reporter John Cook

40 years on from Watergate, journalism has gone through tectonic shifts that affect how reporters get their stories. We examine those shifting ethical grounds with gawker.com senior reporter John Cook. We discuss topics ranging from Christopher Hitchens, Barbara Walters, the FOXNews mole, the Church of Scientology, the Sandusky trial and more–always with one eye on the place for integrity in journalism in the ‘gotcha!’-age. John is not afraid to demystify his subjects–even when he happens to admire them–and be an advocate for truthful media. It’s a striking discussion. GUEST BIO: John Cook is a senior reporter for Gawker Media and has worked as a TV reporter and writer for Radar magazine, Mother Jones and the Chicago Tribune. ADD’L LINKS: twitter.com gawker.com blogs.villagevoice.com EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 The uncensored obituary–demystifying Mike Wallace. 00:37 Welcoming John Cook. 04:30 To Catch a Predator and the ethics of journalism collaborating with law enforcement. 07:30 Barbara Walters coverage of Assad and Syria. 10:11 Eulogizing Christopher Hitchens with honesty. 15:02 Is there a place for disparaging people you disagree with in journalism? 16:45 The Clinton impeachment and the punishable offenses of a president. 20:57 The temptation to shut up and follow the party line. 21:37 Barack Obama and the fast and furious controversy. 22:39 The Fox Mole, infiltrating Bill O’reilly for Gawker and the repercussions. 27:51 If Watergate was reported today…paying for
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Truth Beyond Scientology Hysteria with Tony Ortega

Former Village Voice Editor, and authority on all things Scientology, Tony Ortega, joins Media Mayhem to separate the rumors from the researched facts on the group. Tony gives the real story behind the organizations in-fighting, process of blacklisting, and the veil of silence that extends to all members of the Church. He also clues outsiders in on the reasons that Church members are unhappy with their leadership, and why it is the ideal religion for megalomaniacs. GUEST BIO: Tony Ortega is a former editor of The Village Voice who is working on a book on Scientology and blogs at tonyortega.org. He lives in New York. ADD’L LINKS: www.tonyortega.org EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Coming Up on Media Mayhem. 00:56 Welcoming Tony Ortega to the show. 02:45 Thoughts on the book, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright. 04:57 The press is opening up to writing about Scientology again. 09:49 Tommy Davis, defecting top brass, and the faded front of the Church. 12:40 Talking to Scientologists-at their own hazard. 15:03 The reason Scientology is in trouble with their own members. 20:30 Are celebrities aware of what goes on at the lower levels? 24:28 The relationship between Tom Cruise and David Miscavige. 29:02 The Holmes/Cruise divorce. 33:09 The rap from disgruntled Church members. 38:01 Appreciating the journalism of others. 41:52 The many people that come forward and talk, and the many more that do not. 44:07 Why are actors particularly susceptible to Scientology? 47:04 Thanks and Goodbye!
Video Rating: 4 / 5