Scientology Writes; Gawker Rises

“If Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch was an 8 on the scale of scary, this is a 10,” Nick Denton wrote on his media and gossip Web site Gawker.com on Jan. 15, when he posted an internal Church of Scientology video in which Mr. Cruise rhapsodizes about his religion. The page has been viewed over 2.3 million times, a record for Gawker.At Scientology’s request, YouTube and other sites took down the copyrighted video, but Gawker refused, instead posting and mocking the reproachful letter sent by a Los Angeles lawyer representing the church.As for whether Gawker will be hauled into court, Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Scientologists, issued a statement that further action had not been “contemplated, let alone decided.” Equating the lawyer’s letter with a threat of a lawsuit amounts to “unsubstantiated rumors” by “those wishing to create further controversy and media attention,” she wrote.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/business/media/28cruise.html

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