Blog: The Church of Scientology Now Using Its Old CNN Tactic Against Paul Buccieri of A&E - 2019-04-27
March 2010: CNN was hours away from broadcasting Anderson Cooper's week-long special on the Church of Scientology. Entitled Scientology: A History of Violence, the series laid bare the brutal internal culture of Scientology and exposed Scientology leader David Miscavige as a man who had inflicted violent physical assaults upon members of his staff who drew his ire.
The panicked officials in Scientology's Office of Special Affairs, led by then Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis, were ordered by Miscavige to stop the broadcast of Anderson Cooper's series. The usual threat letters were sent to CNN from Scientology's attorneys.
Tommy Davis, Norman Starkey, Cathy Bernardini, Guillaume Leserve and other Scientology Sea Org officials staged a phony event outside of CNN Corporate offices in Atlanta. The result was the photo which opens this article. Published in Scientology's propaganda organ Freedom Magazine, the photo and the accompanying article claimed that Anderson Cooper would not take a meeting with Scientology officials and that these officials were not even allowed to drop by CNN Studios.