The Media: What Gives?

The Media:
What Gives?
by Ken Ragge

Reading America's major newspapers, one gets the impression that alcoholism and addiction treatment works miracles. No hint is given that not only is all publicly funded treatment twelve step indoctrination, but that the press reports huge financial scandal, murders and suicides involving group members but never mentions group involvement. For example, reports of last year's scandal over massive fraud and intolerable living conditions in Southern California half-way houses never mentioned the Anonymous groups. When a member commits suicide, murder, or even mass murder, the press will invariably state the person had been "in treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction." Never is group membership mentioned.

AA's "spiritual principle of anonymity" is billed as being for the protection of members. Someone with a drinking or drug problem should be able to get help in privacy. But, since members are often public about drug and alcohol abuse and crimes committed, what are they being anonymous about and who is being protected?

In the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, the leaders and members were still smarting from the public drunkenness of the more notable "successes" of their parent organization. They knew that if the public was aware of the great failure of AA, if members' actions were associated with AA, it would hurt His program. Members are prevented from exposing themselves as members.

Quite often, headlines will proclaim the finding of a genetic link to what was once called sin and is now called disease: excessive drinking, adultery, divorce or overeating, to name a few. Never does the press let it be known that the "experts" cited come by their "scientific" findings through "spiritual" means. They do, however, often give the number of a twelve step group "for further information."

The Los Angeles Times reported on March 8th that handicapped people on welfare were being forced to either "successfully" complete three months of inpatient treatment or lose their benefits. When one thinks of treatment one thinks of medicine, psychology and other professional help. As used, however, it is merely a euphemism for twelve step indoctrination.

In other words, what is not being reported is that the government is coercing the most vulnerable people in our society to either change their religion or starve. Under government edict, they must leave "treatment" "spiritually awake," meaning knowing the twelve steps are God's latest revelation, or they will be punished.

The Los Angeles Times has recently editorialized in favor of changing the criminal justice system to funnel people into "treatment," modeled after Janet Reno's Twelve Step system in Florida. A front page news article gave the impression that the treatment proposed is something new. They mentioned acupuncture. They failed to mention Twelve Step indoctrination, but then so does network news when they discuss the Miami system of forced religious indoctrination.

A reporter who covered one of the bigger scandals involving twelve step members and government money was asked why the groups were never mentioned. She replied, "That's too technical."