Reza Aslan is already being dishonest about indie Scientology ahead of CNN episode - 2017-03-21
We asked the producer of Believer, CNN's series featuring University of California Riverside creative writing professor Reza Aslan, for the chance to view the episode on Scientology that's airing this Sunday, but we haven't been given that chance.
We knew how to contact the producer because she reached out to us a couple of years ago when they were putting the series together. At that time we had a lengthy talk with her about the current states of the Church of Scientology and independent Scientology. It was pretty clear to us then that Aslan's own producer understood the tricky situation they had. She said she was well aware of the many controversies and alleged abuses in Scientology and she was interested in our help in getting those into the show, but she admitted that no matter what we could tell her Aslan was pretty well determined that his program would present Scientology in a positive light.
We told her that didn't surprise us in the least. We had already seen Aslan in action, and for years he's tried to convince people that Scientology gets a bad rap. Now, he's getting a chance to bring his "all religions are really the same and they're all good" message to CNN, a year after his show was actually ready to air. (CNN delayed Believer when it dawned on them just how much cash they were raking in putting candidate Trump on the air day and night.)