Scientology Gets Fact Checked, Huffington Post Gets Overrated, Tea Party Gets a Magazine - 2011-02-08
Yesterday, we praised Lawrence Wright's cover story in The New Yorker, a 24,195-word mega-exposé about Hollywood writer/producer/director Paul Haggis' defection from the corrupt and crazy Church of Scientology after 35 years. Today, NPR's Fresh Air has a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine's journalistic process, including just how many fact checkers were required and how many queries the Church was given to make sure the notoriously litigious group could be reported on accurately.
A Veritable Thetan Army: On with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Wright explains that the New Yorker used five fact checkers for the extensive article, who totaled 971 double-checked queries for the Church of Scientology:
In September 2010, Wright, his editor, the New Yorker fact-checking team and the magazine's editor-in-chief, David Remnick, met for eight hours with the spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, Tommy Davis, along with Davis' wife and four lawyers representing the church, to discuss the facts in the piece.