Friday, April 12, 2024

NY Post, Fox News Shill For Scientology, Letting B List Actor Michael Pena Praise Cult Unquestioned


Scientology scored some big points today at NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox. Maybe they’re all joining the cult now that Roger Ailes is gone.

The Post has a feature today titled “Scientology Made Michael Pena a Better Actor.” It’s a statement, and it’s not question. The article comes from The Guardian UK, one of the worst of the worst British “publications.” I hope the author of the piece, Jessica Sager, was remunerated nicely for her PR.

Fox News, the Post’s sister conspirator, picked up the story and now it’s on Yahoo News.

Sager writes: Peña says he dismisses any gossip about the controversial religion. “I don’t read that stuff,” he sniffed.

He’s dumber than I thought. For starters, Pena, trying the book and the documentary “Going Clear,” then read Leah Remini’s book. After that you’ve only got to Google “Scientology- cult- complaints-lawsuits” to get going. Or ask fellow showbiz types Paul Haggis, Remini, Jason Beghe, and so on why they left. Or ask Jenna Miscavige, the niece of your exalted leader.

As for the Post, Fox News, the Guardian, and most importantly Sager– shame on you.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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