Scientology's Spiffy Golden Era Studios Has Its Own Dentist! - 2013-02-14
Ever since Debbie Cook rocked Scientology with her infamous New Year's Eve e-mail last year, Scientology leader David Miscavige has been on a major campaign to disprove one of her complaints — that he's not spending money to burnish the church's image.
Cook, a longtime, somewhat legendary employee of Scientology's "Sea Org," shocked her fellow church members with her e-mail, which accused Miscavige of, among other things, amassing a billion-dollar slush fund through donations to the International Association of Scientologists. And while every church member was under intense pressure to donate to the IAS's coffers, they were seeing nothing to show for it. When was the last time, she asked, that a Scientologist ever saw a church ad on television?
Well, Miscavige appeared to take that part of her screed to heart. Since the spring of last year, the church has been on a major network television advertising binge, showing up most recently during the Super Bowl and the Grammys. And we've noticed other efforts that are aimed at countering all the bad press the church has been subject to.