An Open Letter To The “Proprietor”

Open letters by those victimized by Ortega have been pouring in. Far too many to post here, but on occasion a letter will stand out for the pointedness of its critique of Tony Ortega’s special brand of bullying, fake journalism.

This is one such letter worth sharing:

Open letters are an interesting thing. They can be powerful. Writing them to people you dont know like Tom Cruise is something Ive seen people do, including you to people who are usually running from some pretty serious problems. Problems like ignoring taking responsibility for their part in the harm theyve created or calling someone out for their hypocrisy. Its almost incredible how much Ive learned about the way you operate & do business.So if you decide not to appreciate why Ive had to take such an extreme measure to get through to you, I dont care. I should have done this a long time ago. But hopefully the people reading this will understand that this isnt a business for me. This is real life. Its my life. And I wont accept your mistreatment or misuse of the influence you have as a journalist.

 Thats what you are, arent you? A journalist? Or an ijournalist? Do you model journalistic integrity?  If I could answer that question for you, Id say no. Because thats been my experience with you. Writing an open letter is my very last ditch effort to find peace with all this. Not so you & I can pretend to fixthis. No, that will never happen. What youve done is unforgivable. But its all I can do before I decide whether or not this is worth suing you in court over. You see, I dont know who you think you are but if you think Im somebody you can devalue on your path to making a career out of a religion that Ive lived through & have intimate knowledge of, you’re  mistaken…The last person Ill allow to do it is someone whos made a business out of it.

For the record this is what happened so people understand. Before I went to New York to give an interview with NBC about Scientology in 2012, someone from their office gave me your phone number & said you wanted to meet me. I called you, you were friendly & we chatted for about 10 minutes. Nothing heavy. Honestly, you talked more than I did. You dominated the conversation by telling me about what happened between you & Jason Lee, my ex husband on Twitter before that & were so proud of yourself for how stupid you thought you made Jason look. Now, Im not taking up for Jason in any capacity but these things come back to a person when you see them treat you in the same way & I had to wonder if it made you feel just as good when you talked about me. Not to me. About me. And judging by the way you reacted to me on Twitter it was obvious taking responsibility wasnt something you were intent on doing. I do have to say, it was gross how you had no qualms about treating it like a joke. Hows that for humanitarianism? (Oh wait, its a business, how naive of me.)

During that time I did a series (yes, a series Tony. I spoke on camera for over 2 hours) with Radar that REALLY pissed you off. Im guessing me talking about my sexuality wasnt going to be tolerated by you & your moralistically superior self. You had to show your disapproval by telling everyone at The Bunker how wrong you believed I was, like you just couldnt take it anymore. Poor you Tony, did you recover? From there your quote was used to scatter gossip & innuendo about me. But my question to you is if youre going to act like Im so unimportant & that Im a big nothing, why in the hell are you watching my interviews? 

After all this, I was finally shown last Christmas by a friend what you said about me on your blog. Your business. Wow, your ridiculous insults & insinuative quotes were a low blow Tony & that was the move of a petty coward. You took a 10 minute phone  introduction wed had & repackaged it as an extensive interviewso you could make it look like I was a liar. If you never wrote a word about me because I was so unbelievable, why didn’t  you ask me for proof? Or talk to me at all? What you should know is that youre just as bad as Scientology. Your arrogance & lack of compassion will be your downfall. The worst part in all of this is when I decided to finally confront you, out came more lies. Since you tried to ruin me publicly, I figured I could at least return the favor & ask you in front of everyone what caused your actions against me. Your reaction? You doubled down on all of this being a result of that extensive interview you said you did with me,  regardless of there being absolutely no proof that you & I ever even spoke. For a journalist, that is a stupendous out point. You added youd done a lengthyinterview with me despite the fact that I told you over & over that you didnt do an interview at all. Does it matter what I say? Obviously not, its not like you listened. Which you very well know. People know when theyre being interviewed Tony. These miscommunications dont happen in real journalism. You claimed you took notesof our conversation, like that was the smoking gun proof for this so called interview that gave you license to publicly insist I was liar. Maybe you did take notes but how on Earth could a journalist insist this is proof of an extensive interview? Notes on a 10 minute conversation? Please. Remember, I was there. I know what happened. Anybody can take notes on a conversation theyre having, it doesnt mean theyre interviewing the person. But it does mean youre very sneaky. 

In 2014 you also claimed on your blog that you interviewed me 4 years ago. How does that work when you admittedly know the date we spoke was actually in July 2012? Thats 2 & a half years Tony, not 4. Are you kidding me that you dont know the difference? Im curious how you keep blindly repeating this like its a fact even though I pointed it out to you when you said the same thing to me on Twitter last year while I was confronting you about all this. Yet, you stayed on script & insisted it was 4 years ago to me. How can you blatantly be so  wrong about something as simple as how long ago we spoke & remain unwilling to correct the situation? How very tabloid-ish of you.

I gave you the opportunity to apologize during that same time on Twitter.  An opportunity you chose not to take. Instead you decided to make a joke out of me and dared to wish me the bestafter treating me like I was nothing. Now that was a bitch move Tony & you know it.

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