Wednesday Evening Edition 11/4/09

TIME CUT: Hundreds of jobs face ax at Time Inc. [All Things Digital]

SPEAKING OF THE ALMOST-DEAD: On eve of his newspaper’s demise, an editor reports that some readers have been nice, others “not as nice“…

preferring to say we are getting what we deserve because we were either too liberal, too right-wing, too hard on Sheriff Joe, too community-focused, not focused on the community enough, or too slow to jump on the online bandwagon.

“We’re grateful for everyone who takes the time to send us feedback, good or bad. So we thank all of you.” [East Valley Tribune]

GET REAL: Politics and personalities dictate British editorial policies; Murdoch’s Sun is no exception,  [Greenslade Blog]

AIRLINE FREEBEE: Another publisher gives it a try, in Germany. [Newspaper Innovation]

REAL FAN: Tribute to Comic-Con co-founder. Also: Obit. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

SPINNING SCIENTOLOGY’S BOTTLE: A new “insider” book about Scientology goes on sale tomorrow — but it’s not available at

Blown for Good author Marc Headley speaks with the Village Voice about being audited by Tom Cruise.

Cruise would instruct Headley to speak to a book, telling it to stand up, or to sit down, or otherwise to move somewhere.

“You do the same with the bottle. You talk to it. You do it with an ashtray too,” he says. “You tell the ashtray, ‘Sit in that chair.’ Then you actually go over and put the ashtray on the chair. Then you tell the ashtray, ‘Thank you.’ Then you do the same thing with the bottle, and the book. And you do this for hours and hours.”

Let us get this straight. Tom Cruise, who had already starred in Risky Business and Top Gunand Born on the Fourth of July and Days of Thunder, the man who, at the time, was 28 years old and perhaps the biggest movie star in the world, spent hours and hours of each day, for three straight weeks, instructing Headley to speak to inanimate objects, requesting that they get up and move on their own, and when they didn’t, told Headley to move them anyway, and then thank them?

“For hours and hours,” Headley says.

For more Headley revelations — including how he and his wife escaped, and his assertion that there are only 10,000 Scientologists worldwide (not 25 million as the organization insists) — click the Village Voice link.



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