"What does Jon Stewart have to lose by asking real questions?": Scientology watchdog explains Tom Cruise's media blackout - 2015-07-31

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F358.png "What does Jon Stewart have to lose by asking real questions?": Scientology watchdog explains Tom Cruise's media blackout July 31, 2015, Scott Timberg, Salon

The long, strange dance between the Church of Scientology and the media just took another awkward step. The Wrap recently broke the news that actor Tom Cruise had "forbidden news outlets from asking questions about his personal life and Scientology during his worldwide promotional tour for 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'… The ban included any mention of HBO's explosive Scientology documentary 'Going Clear,' as well as tabloid reports that Cruise was dating his assistant."

For a while, Cruise was open about his commitment to Scientology, but he — or his team – seem to be clamping down again.

We spoke to journalist Tony Ortega, a longtime Scientology watcher and author of the book "The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper." Ortega is now executive editor of TheLip.TV. The interview had bee edited slightly for clarity.

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