Scientologists Hire Reporters to Investigate Newspaper

Seriously.  The Church of Scientology has hired a journalism team to investigate the St. Petersburg Times, which, you may remember, published some fairly damning feature articles about the religion cult last year.

[A] Pulitzer Prize winner, a former “60 Minutes” producer, and the former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors — are taking the church’s money to examine the paper’s conduct.

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.

First, I’m a bit staggered that a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter would allow themselves to be hired by Scientology; two, the ramifications of this are extraordinary; and three, I guess Scientologists have a right to confront their accusers but are they doing this because and information discovered will seem more legit in the public?

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