12:44 pm Jul. 3, 20121
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For anyone who's been curious about Rupert Murdoch's widely-read anti-Scientology tweets this past Sunday on the heels of the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise divorce filing, Paula Froelich has a little bit of intrigue just for you.
In an article on The Daily Beast today, the former New York Post gossip writes about what may have been behind Murdoch's decision to publicly assail the powerful and cult-like church:
The controversial religion, after all, once went after his eldest son Lachlan—using Tom Cruise and Lachlan’s close pal James Packer to try and recruit the Murdoch scion to its cause.
In 1999 Lachlan and Packer–then partners in the doomed telecommunications company, One.Tel–became close with Cruise through Cruise’s then wife, Nicole Kidman. Cruise and Kidman spent that year in Australia to be close to her family and often hung out with the “Princes of Oz” (Lachlan and Packer) and their wives, Sarah O’Hare and Jodie Meares, as well as Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin, and actors John Polson and David Wenham.
But Cruise’s eyes were firmly set on Lachlan and Packer. The actor nurtured the pair with particular care and the three became close, with Cruise flying on private jets with Lachlan and using that time to spout the glories of Scientology.
Both Lachlan Murdoch and a press representative for Rupert Murdoch denied aspects of the story. Still, the connection between the Murdochs and Cruise's ex-wife, fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, are hard to ignore: She's godmother to Rupert's children with Wendi Deng Murdoch.
Meanwhile, the New York tabloids continue to go nuts on the Tomkat breakup, which Holmes reportedly set in motion due to Cruise's intense devotion to Scientology and the fear that he would indoctrinate their young daugher with its teachings. The story made the cover of both papers for a fourth day this morning.
In other news...
The New York Times is narrowing in on a public editor. [Poynter]
Prometheus Global Media, publisher of Adweek and The Hollywood Reporter, has installed a former Walmart executive to replace Richard Beckman as C.E.O. [New York Post]
The Wall Street Journal op-ed page goes long on "ObamaCare." [W.W.D.]
"Confessions of a Tabloid Terrorist." [Vice]
HBO's "The Newsroom" is getting a second season. [TV Newser]
Sports Illustrated, despite making editorial cuts, is launching a monthly TV show with NBC. [NYT/Media Decoder]
Huffington's Politico profile is now online. [The Huffington Post]
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