was more limited, and I can certainly use the money these days." Still, Weinberg said he "tried to make sure it's a good piece of journalism criticism, just like I've written a gazillion times." The other reporters who hired out their services were Pulitzer Prize-winning print reporter Russell Carollo, and
Emmy-winning TV producer Christopher Szechenyi.
Weinberg noted that the contract stipulated that the church doesn't have to make the study public, but that if it does, it has to release the entire 20-page critique -- which the church's spokesman Tommy Davis told the Post was "highly critical" of St. Pete's coverage. Imagine that.
Bay Area members of the international group of Scientology detractors
the move merely shows the church's desire to manipulate any negative
information about them. Anonymous has already been commenting on the
Post's piece on their on-line forum Why We Protest.
"I think it's a foot bullet," one local long-time Anonymous protester told the Weekly.
"It's going to backfire on them, because its another thing of
Scientology trying to manipulate the media, this time by co-opting the
three journalists that they've hired ... [Scientology is] already
coming under a lot of scrutiny for this."
So does he think time-tested reporters can produce a objective critique when paid off by the very subject of that study? "It's going to be a real test of
[the hired reporters'] journalistic integrity," the protester said. We'll say.