An Open Letter to a Coward

 

We’ve talked a lot about Tony Ortega’s bigoted brand of heavy-handed “journalism” but we haven’t really examined the unseen victims terrorized by his “journalistic” methods: his sources.

In December of last year, Nora Crest had enough. She addressed Ortega directly in an open letter, calling him out for the intimidating bully tactics and craven harassment he uses when shaking down ‘sources’ for his stories. Included below is the text of her complaint letter against Ortega.

Dear Tony Ortega,

First of all, you did NOT have my permission to quote me for your article today. You did NOT ask for any of my comments to be on the record and as a journalist you should have had the integrity to do that. I have worked with MANY journalists over the past several years and every single one of them, except you, has ALWAYS ensured that every comment I gave them was on the record before printing anything.

Secondly, I do not appreciate you attacking, very backhandedly I might add, a family member of mine by screen shoting a quote from him, and labeling him a “Hubbard Apologist”. You didn’t even screen shot his entire statement to you. Only the part that suited your narrative. And you never responded to his PUBLIC comment to you on the fan forum, instead you screen grabbed it and placed it on your site and welcomed the pile on of this person with no way for him to defend himself or even know that you had done that.

Those are the actions of a coward. I am telling all of this to you directly, in this message and I am posting this publicly to my page and to every fan group.

I do NOT trust you Tony… I feel used by you. Used to further your site hits and your popularity, and your supposed authority in the subject of Scientology. Used by you to suit your ends only and I am ashamed that I allowed this to go on this long.

I don’t work for you. I never have. But the way that you speak to myself and other exes in your messages to us and in your phone calls is disgusting. Demanding information from us at all hours of the day and night. Getting furious and swearing at us if we discuss parts of our story with anyone else but you…YOU don’t own our stories. They are ours and ours alone.

That is disgusting and lacks integrity and is devoid of any humanity. And you can quote me on that.

Nora Crest

 

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