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Boston Now whiffs (again) on Scientology

Today's Boston Now cover story on the ongoing battle between the Church of Scientology and Anonymous isn't quite as bad as the paper's June 2007 homage to a Scientology-based tutoring center in Roxbury. But it's close.

Here's one problem: the article's online version features a transcript of an interview that senior reporter James O'Brien did with the Rev. Gerald Renna of the Church of Scientology in Boston, but no countervailing transcript of an interview with a representative of Anonymous. Here's another: O'Brien's interview reads, at times, like something you'd find in Freedom Magazine ("Do you worry that if the church brings this Anonymous member to court it somehow validates or lends more credibility to it [sic] opponent?"). And here's a third: if you're new to this issue and read O'Brien's article, you'll come away with no real understanding of what's driving the fight between Anonymous and Scientology.

Before they tackle this subject again, O'Brien and his editors should really take a look at this Radar article on the Anonymous-Scientology feud. So should anyone who read today's Boston Now piece and came away scratching their head.

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