by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 26th Jan 2012
A colleague of mine once explained to me why he keeps away from Scientology stories at his publication (which will remain nameless).
He wasn't concerned about the church's reputation for litigiousness, and he wasn't worried that a story about Scientology's most recent controversies and excesses wouldn't resonate with readers.
No, his reluctance was much more quotidian. "The problem I always have with Scientology stories is the massive backstory, which is an obstacle that fails the cost-benefit test," he told me.
I completely understood where he was coming from. It isn't easy dealing with the steamer trunks of baggage that come with explaining new developments in Scientology. Which is why I'm all the more impressed with the job Jim Lippard pulls off while he deals with all of the complex backstory in an upcoming issue of Skeptic magazine
, and which editor Michael Shermer gave me an advance look at.[... continues in article link ...]