Scientology documentary Going Clear: Church tries smear tactics - 2015-03-24

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F44.png Scientology documentary Going Clear: Church tries smear tactics March 24, 2015, Matthew Dunn, news.com.au

In an attempt to sway public opinion in the wake of the current scandal, the Church of Scientology wrote a five-page letter defending the claims by the film, which was published by the Hollywood Reporter.

"The letter attempts to rip apart Gibney's sources in the film with ad hominem attacks, describing one as a wife beater, one as a violent psychopath and yet another as a home wrecker, but fails to tackle any major revelation in the film," the website wrote.

Despite being extensive, the letter did little to counter widespread reviews of the film that presented the church unfavourably.

"Seeing is disbelieving: Watching this stuff, instead of merely reading about it, somehow makes Scientology both more ridiculous and more chilling," wrote Vulture.


{{cite news | first = Matthew | last = Dunn | title = Scientology documentary Going Clear: Church tries smear tactics | url = http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/the-church-of-scientology-has-taken-to-the-internet-to-refute-damning-accusations-in-a-new-hbo-documentary/story-fn8tnfhb-1227276770275 | work = news.com.au | date = March 24, 2015 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}