Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega, the single biggest media thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology, chats with Rathbun about the latter’s experiences handling the Nicole Kidman split while at the Church a decade ago as well as Rathbun’s general thoughts on how Cruise should handle this third instance. Meanwhile, Radar Online assistant managing editor Jen Heger talks to Rathbun about some clandestine intel gathering about the church that he says has been going on at the Holmes family end for at least four years.
This holiday week, expect more fireworks as the church battles its biggest PR crisis yet, framed by a now-infamous Rupert Murdoch tweet. Many new readers are hitting the blogs of Rathbun and Ortega – hard. Over the weekend, Rathbun posted a devastating primer, highlighting ten key prior pieces of coverage about Cruise, church leader David Miscavige and the slave labor reportedly caught in the middle of their rekindled bond.
At his Saturday-end, Orgeta shared a list of “sec check” questions a Scientology member’s child reaching the age of six, like Suri, can be subjected to. He suggests this may have a lot to do with the timing of Holmes’ divorce filing. (Suri turned six in April.)
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Renegade Scientologist Turns Down the National Enquirer
- The Dubious Beginnings of The National Enquirer
- Mother Jones Reporter Comes to LA, Assembles AK-47
- Joe Francis Points the Finger at Everyone Else
- Brother of West Hollywood Meningitis Victim Condemns Councilman, Media