Cruise Controlled: Why No One Is Asking Tom Cruise About Scientology - 2015-07-29
A representative for The Daily Show hasn't responded to questions about whether Stewart was limited in the subjects he was allowed to address regarding the Cruise interview. But the interview by itself is telling. In May, USA Today asked if Going Clear might have the potential to "ruin Tom Cruise's summer." Apparently not: Tom Cruise as an institution depends on a degree of complicity between the people who profit from his movies and the people who pay to see them, with everyone involved agreeing not to ask too many tough questions and ruin the fun. The fact that reporters and television entertainers also buy into this deal is disappointing, even if it isn't ultimately so surprising.