FROM Tony Ortega
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." Trailer The HBO documentary, directed by Alex Gibney and based on a book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, features former members and others attacking the multi-billion-dollar organization as a dangerous cult, despite its status as a religion exempted from taxes by the IRS.
'The Master' and Scientology The new film, The Master , is based largely on the life of L. Ron Hubbard. Philip Seymour Hoffman dazzles as the founder of Scientology , a charismatic Svengali who convinces his acolytes of the power of his vision. As his son says in the movie, he makes it up as he goes along. We compare fact and fiction in film with a film critic and a chronicler of Scientology.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?