Church of Scientology Attacks CNN’s Anderson Cooper

by | July 14, 2010 at 9:29 AM | Cable News, TV News

CNN's Anderson Cooper (Photo: CNN)

CNN's Anderson Cooper (Photo: CNN)


It was only a matter of time before the controversial Scientology organization went on the attack toward Anderson Cooper, following a recent week-long special the CNN host did on practices of violence against church members.

“Cooper thinks he can get away with this hogwash and pull off what even the greatest hucksters in history failed to accomplish,” the church of Scientology wrote in its latest issue of ‘Freedom,’ according to the Huffington Post.

In Cooper’s original series on Scientology, he unearthed claims of physical violence used against Sea Organization members and spoke with church spokesman Tommy Davis — the public mouthpiece admitted that violence did occur.

“We have spent months working on this series,” Cooper wrote on CNN.com, “and believe it is a fair look at the allegations and the counter claims made by the church.”

Not only did the church attack Cooper’s reporting methods for his investigative special, but it singled out the popular host’s practice of doing live broadcasts from various disaster zones.

Pointing to Cooper’s recent CNN broadcasts from Haiti, the church of Scientology says, “There he is, on-site in designer jeans or cargo pants, to verify for himself that the villages were indeed reduced to rubble… Anderson Cooper has got to see it with his own eyes while furrowing his brow to show how much he cares.”