On Boxing Day, we remember the last time Scientology tried to knock out the press - 2015-12-26
While we're recovering from Christmas here in New York, in other parts of the world our readers are celebrating Boxing Day, a holiday which is generally a complete mystery to us Americans. (And yes, we know it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.) Well, whatever it is you all get up to on your December 26, we have a special treat for you today.
Professor Dave Touretzky of Carnegie Mellon University sent us this great piece after he saw our post on Scientology's reported new upsurge in harassment of the press. We've heard that Scientology leader David Miscavige has released his hounds, and his legal attack dogs are suddenly much more aggressive with news organizations working on Scientology stories. At the same time, Miscavige is flooding the Internet with press releases about Scientology fluff. We can't imagine this strategy actually helping to improve Scientology's reputation, but lack of results has never deterred Miscavige.
Anyway, even before this new surge started, we would on occasion hear from editors or network executives who were panicked about the legal threats from Scientology. We would calmly remind them that Scientology has not actually sued a news organization in 20 years. And now, Professor Touretzky reminds us just what happened in that case. We think you're going to love his retelling of it.