Blog: Church of Scientology PR Offensive Against Alex Gibney and HBO Begins - 2015-01-16

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F0.png Church of Scientology PR Offensive Against Alex Gibney and HBO Begins January 16, 2015, Jeffrey Augustine, Scientology Money Project

Alex Gibney's new documentary about the Church of Scientology is entitled Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The film is set for its world debut on January 25, 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gibney's film has already caused anger and rage at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. I say this for three reasons:

1. The Church of Scientology's full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing Alex Gibney. Whenever the Church of Scientology becomes extremely hostile about something it reverts to its 1950's Communist-hysteria mentality and takes out full-page newspaper ads. Back in the day when print newspaper ads actually meant something, powerful special interest groups took out full-page ads to present their case to the public. A full-page ad was a symbol of wealth and power; it meant you were somebody. Nowadays, a full-page newspaper ad is an expensive and pointless temper tantrum. The Church of Scientology might as well light $100,000 on fire while screaming about how unfair life is.