Allison and Nick are very happy to welcome Rolling Stone contributing editor, Janet Reitman to the show. Reitman’s insights on Scientology, Haiti relief, the nonprofit world and the current plague of instability among US soldiers and veterans are truly fascinating. A true investigative journalist at work, we are thrilled to pick her brain on the show.
Janet Reitman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion.
In addition to that subject, Ms. Reitman has covered the Haitian relief efforts, the Duke lacrosse scandal, and Robert Mugabe, among many other wide ranging stories.
Her work has also appeared in GQ, Men’s Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and many other publications. She has also appeared on NPR, Anderson Cooper 360, and Countdown with Keith Olberman.
00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem.
00:25 Introducing Janet Reitman.
03:45 “Why did you take such an objective approach to Scientology?”
06:48 “How did the Church of Scientology respond to your story?”
11:51 Handling the Church’s reaction to the book.
17:08 Janet’s exposure to Scientology and her reaction to them.
23:50 Reaction to the coverage of the Haitian earthquake.
26:31 Janet’s time in Haiti during the embargo period and her primer to the island.
29:00 Problems with the relief effort in Haiti.
33:21 “Where is the money now?”
37:22 The media blind spot on Africa.
43:17 Examining the US Army’s dysfunction.
48:58 The need for psychological help in the military.
51:38 Thanks and goodbye.