Tony Ortega

longtime Scientology chronicler

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Blogger at The Underground Bunker and author of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper; former editor at the Village Voice.

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Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige is known to be camera-shy, but he came out of the shadows in March to launch the church’s first TV network.

What is Scientology TV?

Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige is known to be camera-shy, but he came out of the shadows in March to launch the church’s first TV network.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Even before  Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  began running on Sunday, Scientology was calling it " bigoted propaganda " from "admitted liars."

Scientology, Hollywood and HBO

Even before Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief began running on Sunday, Scientology was calling it " bigoted propaganda " from "admitted liars."

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The new film,  The Master , is based largely on the life of L. Ron Hubbard.

'The Master' and Scientology

The new film, The Master , is based largely on the life of L. Ron Hubbard.

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