Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack - 2015-05-04

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F345.png Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack May 4, 2015, Fred Wagner, The Guardian

Recently Louis Theroux revealed that the Church of Scientology is looking to neutralise his forthcoming documentary about them by producing their very own film about him. In the US there's a saying that "the best defence is a good offence" and L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the religion, was a believer: "Don't ever defend, always attack," he once instructed his followers.

It's not surprising then, that such "counter-documentaries" are a staple of the Church. They've done one on John Sweeney, the Panorama presenter who memorably lost his cool while interviewing Scientology's then chief spokesman; they've done one on CNN's Anderson Cooper and they're likely to do one on any public figure who comes even remotely close to criticising them in broad daylight.


{{cite news | first = Fred | last = Wagner | title = Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack | url = http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/04/counter-documentaries-louis-theroux-church-of-scientology | work = The Guardian | date = May 4, 2015 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}