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Matt Stroud Follows Up with Former IRE Exec Editing the Scientologists Investigation of Their Investigators

Matt Stroud at True/Slant posted his emails with friend and colleague Steve Weinberg, the former IRE executive who edited a report funded by the Scientologists about the St. Petersburg Times’ investigations into the Scientologists. Weinberg gets to respond and add “nuance” to Howard Kurtz‘s WaPo article about his involvement in the investigative project.

The whole post is here. It’s interesting and journo cocktail party conversation worthy.

Then Stroud ends with:

If you’ve made it to this point, congrats: You’ve fallen about as far into the rabbit hole of journalism ethics as I’d recommend. But you’ve made it. So what do you think? Is it ok for veteran investigative reporters to write for the Scientologists? Or is working for an organization “so hostile to outside journalists” just not right?

We’ll really get to the bottom of this when we find out if the CoS publishes the investigation or not.

That’s what we’re interested in.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Scientologists Hire Journos to Investigate Newspaper Investigating Scientology

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    Scientologists Hire Journos to Investigate Newspaper Investigating Scientology

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    During peace times career soldiers become mercenaries and during the cratering of the newspaper industry skilled journalists also become guns for hire.

    The St. Petersburg Times has spent decades investigating Scientology and now Scientology is returning the favor. Notably, Steve Weinberg, the former IRE executive was hired by the group to edit a study about the newspaper.

    Wapo’s Howard Kurtz reports:

    The reporters hired for the study are Russell Carollo, who won a 1998 Pulitzer for Dayton, Ohio’s Daily News for a series on medical malpractice in the U.S. military, and Christopher Szechenyi, an Emmy-winning former television producer who has worked for the Boston Globe’s Web site.

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