The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 2: Monique Yingling - 2021-04-21

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F347.png The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 2: Monique Yingling April 21, 2021, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We're now at the point in our countdown when we reach the non-Scientologists who Scientology leader David Miscavige relies on the most to keep him out of trouble.

One of Dave's problems is that the media keeps wanting to ask him difficult questions. For a short time, Dave experimented with trying to manhandle the press. From about 2006 to 2011 he trotted out young upstart Tommy Davis to be an aggressive spokesperson, thinking for some reason that trying to get tough with reporters was a smart way to deal with controversy.

As our readers know well, that strategy backfired badly. Tommy's antics, whether it was walking out of an interview with ABC's Martin Bashir, getting into a shouting match with the BBC's John Sweeney, lying like a rug to CNN's John Roberts, or underestimating local reporter Nathan Baca, made the church look even more unhinged and clownish. The final straw was Lawrence Wright burying Tommy in his 2011 New Yorker feature, "The Apostate," which cost Tommy his job.

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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 2: Monique Yingling | url = https://tonyortega.org/2021/04/21/the-top-25-people-enabling-scientology-no-2-monique-yingling/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 21, 2021 | accessdate = April 25, 2021 }}