Grant Cardone, NatGeo's 'Turnaround King': Doing Scientology's Dirty Work?
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 20th June 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... done_t.php
We happened to catch last night's premiere of Turnaround King on the National Geographic Channel. Well, OK, we were tipped that it might be worth paying attention to, so we did. I mean, normally, we are not watching reality TV on the NatGeo channel on Sunday nights.
Starring a man named Grant Cardone, this was more or less a straight rip-off of Kitchen Nightmares, and if you're familiar with chef Gordon Ramsay's show, then you know the formula: Cardone learns how badly a small business is doing, then fights to get the owner to use basic business sense to get things going in the right direction. (Last night's first two episodes involved a Gold's Gym in New Jersey and a car dealership.)
Cardone is charismatic, smart, articulate, and really seems to know what he's talking about. It's a fun show. So we were intrigued to learn what the show didn't tell us: that Cardone is a high-level wealthy Scientologist who, four years ago, may have slimed a fellow top Scientologist at the bidding of Scientology's dictator-for-life.
This afternoon, Marty Rathbun, once one of Scientology's top executives before his 2004 departure, made public at his blog a dramatic set of e-mails that Cardone sent out to fellow Scientologists in 2007.
Rathbun notes that Cardone is a wealthy Scientologist who has reached the highest level of "Operating Thetan" training, OT VIII, and is known in the church for his generosity to the cause, giving $1 million to a "Superpower Project" and another $1 million to Scientology leader David Miscavige's "war fund."
Cardone is so eager to please Miscavige, Rathbun says, he was willing to do some of the church leader's dirty work.
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