Scientology's Sneaky Google Ads Slam HBO Documentary? - 2015-03-23
Trying to learn more about Going Clear, the new HBO documentary premiering March 29 about the Church of Scientology? Maybe you've heard about the film and want to Google it out of curiosity. That approach, the one taken by just about everyone with an Internet connection, reveals Scientology's own attempts to discredit Going Clear: A media counteroffensive that appears to rely on Google ads to give the church's attacks on the film top billing on nearly every search term associated with the documentary.
The reasons the church would want to counter the film's charges are, well, clear. The documentary, like the book it's based on, contains a number of damning accusations that portray the church as a "brutal, heavily retaliatory organization," according to NY Mag's review.