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The Church of Scientology’s rambling paranoid letter to Vanity Fair: the ‘herculean’ David Miscavige

by | 10th, September 2012

IN this month’s Vanity Fair , Maureen Orth talks about the Church of Scientology. She mentions David Miscavige and Tom Cruise. She asks The Church of Scientology 32 questions.  Jeffrey K. Riffer , of the law firm Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP, writes response : It’s dated August 16, 2012.

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Some choice cuts:

We are writing regarding your, your editor’s and reporter’s shoddy journalism, religious  bigotry and potential legal liability arising out of Vanity Fair’s upcoming story about the Tom Cruise divorce. Significantly, while Maureen Orth was preparing her story, Vanity Fair ignored  its staff and contributors who have firsthand knowledge of Mr. Cruise and of Mr. Miscavige and  who would burden her story with the truth…

Her request for an “interview” of Mr. Miscavige was a  disingenuous sham, since she couldn’t possibly have thought that an “Oh, by the way” phone call  to the Church’s Public Affairs office requesting an interview with the ecclesiastical leader of the religion could possibly be accommodated. If she were serious, she would have done at least a  molecule of research in seeing that Mr. Miscavige travels across the country and around the world almost non-stop, unlike the anti-Scientologist apostate sources who form the basis of her  already-written story and who are available on a moment’s notice at the press of “send” on any anti-Scientology hate-site blog. Is it usual for you to take over the editorial direction of Vanity Fair articles or is that reserved for hatchet-jobs of minority religions and its members?…

Subsequently, Vanity Fair sent a list of 31 questions (and later a 32nd question) to the Church about the article questions that evidence the tabloid nature of the article, Ms. Orth’s  reckless disregard of the truth and her religious bigotry. In addition, she copies the style of her  ex-Scientologist sources by using banal questions that assume a “frat house” mentality to  disparage Mr. Miscavige and the Scientology religion. For example, Vanity Fair, which once had a reputation for journalistic integrity, is now reduced to asking the leader of a religion in its 32nd, and final question: “Would David Miscavige comment on the notion that he has been a kind of third wheel in Tom Cruise’s relationships and  marriages?”…

Mr. Miscavige is the leader of a dynamic global religion expanding across five continents. His duties are herculean and accomplishments monumental. He is not a “third  wheel” to anything or anyone…

If rabid anti-Scientologist/anti-David Miscavige apostates long ago kicked out of the Church are considered “sources” of information, then certainly a respected and objective Vanity Fair employee with no axe to grind and who

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