Publisher Of New Scientology Book Defends Author Against Church Claims Of Fact Errors - 2013-01-17
NEW YORK -- The Church of Scientology has been thinking for some time how to handle Lawrence Wright's highly-anticipated book hitting shelves Thursday, "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief."
In late 2012, the church reached out to the Atlantic magazine about running an advertising campaign around the book's release, according to an Atlantic source with knowledge of the situation. On Monday, the Atlantic published an advertorial -- an advertisement resembling editorial content -- describing how David Miscavige led Scientology to a "milestone" year.
The Scientology-glorifying advertorial was met with ample mockery online. Before the The Atlantic removed it and acknowledged having "screwed up." Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg offered his two cents on the site, writing that "there is no more careful reporter in the world than Larry [Wright], and no one who is as thorough and as indefatigable."