Janeane Garofalo, Scientology, Leah Remini
To Promote Scientology, Garofalo Again Using AAR
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Has Janeane Garofalo officially turned against her listening audience?
After a second show spent promoting Scientology, that certainly appears to be the case. Rather than take our word for it, look at what her fans have to say, here.
Joining the ranks of Lyndon LaRouche sympathizer and Air America Radio co-founder Sheldon Drobny, with Garofalo, the liberal network is increasingly providing a sympathetic home for extremist sects and fringe beliefs.
MSNBC is now taking notice, as well, with this from Jeannette Walls:
The actress and talk-show host has done two segments on her Air America radio show “Majority Report,” heaping praise on the controversial New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a program based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
On one show, her guests included Leah Remini, star of “King of Queens” and a devout Scientologist, who sang the praises of the detox project.
And this time, Rick Ross of Cult News isn't quite so prepared (as in the previous instance) to give Janeane the benefit of the doubt:
Janeanne Garofalo goes gonzo promoting Scientology-linked program
Apparently, Air America Radio talk show host Janeanne Garofalo has gone gonzo for the Scientology-linked program “New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.”
On Friday April 28th, Garofalo did her second show segment in the same month to promote the program based upon the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. This time the host of Majority Report allotted a 17-minute spot, for what came across as something like an infomercial.
CultNews previously reported about another Garofalo last April show promoting Tom Cruise’s pet project in New York, which included Scientologist and sitcom star Leah Remini.
This time Ms. Janeanne had no Scientology celebrity, but practically chanted the Web site address of the controversial project and its phone number.
The talk-show host was like some pre-recorded device, pitching questions to Jim Woodworth, so that the project’s head could hold forth with Hubbardisms.
Previously, the cult expert believed Garofalo might have been "played", or tricked, by Scientologists, as we discussed here. That's no longer the case, however.
According to Ross, this time Janeane went as far as to plead for taxpayer funding in support of this "project"!
Janeane, an idea: there may be a Boys & Girls Club somewhere that your partners-in-crime at Air America have yet to raid. Why don't you bust in a few doors and see what shakes out?
Even normally-sympathetic listeners were left shaking their heads. From the Majority Report blog:
Acting out against Sam and Josh by inviting these
WACK JOBS BACK!
Hey where's your 'sponsor' Janeane? Did he run screaming when they tried to insert the E Meter into his butt while playing BOooks on Tape "Dianetics" over and over and over!!!
Posted by: Tim Conspiracy Theorist at April 28, 2006 09:06 PM
I lost all respect for this show tonight. Why are they pumping up Scientology and junk science? I thought Republicans were supposed to be the party of anti-science. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/detox.htm
Posted by: Anonymous at April 28, 2006 09:08 PM
Janeane sounds ridiculously arrogant today.
Posted by: srgtick at April 28, 2006 09:39 PM
Maybe Janeane has just reached the end of her rope (with regard to MRR), and is trying to get fired.
Might be the only way she can think to get out of her contract.
Or maybe she just made another bonehead move in her choice of guests.
Posted by: Waiting for Cicero at April 28, 2006 09:46 PM
That Air America suits haven't put yet put a lid on Garofalo's Scientology infomercials speaks volumes about the liberal radio network's sad state of affairs.
In addition, her message to listeners is clear: because I don't think this shaky gig will last too much longer, I'll go ahead and promote my real agenda.
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