Church of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Journalists - Page 2
Brown makes an excellent point about the objectivity of the reporting. However, the three journalists (Steve Weinberg, former IRE exec., Russell Carollo, Pulitzer Prize winner for Dayton Daily News, and Christopher Szechenyi, an Emmy-winning former television producer) said in a joint statement, "We were hesitant. That's why we insisted on being paid in full before we started our work, total editorial independence and having someone with the reputation of Steve Weinberg involved. Every entity has the right to receive fair treatment in the press."
Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis stated Scientology plans additional investigative inquires into what they perceive as "naked bias" by the SPTimes, but refused to say if they would make the most recent report public.
Again, SPT's Neil Brown doesn't seem phased, "I counted up something like six or seven journalists the church has hired to look into the St. Petersburg Times," Brown says. "I've just got two looking into the Church of Scientology."
Below is a video created as part of the St. Petersburg Times investigative series. Decide for yourself who's on the side of the truth.