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CNN Says Tom Cruise Bio is an "Air Sandwich”

CruiseEntertainment weekly writer Mark Harris certainly got it right this time, on this article I found on CNN.

The recently-release Tom Cruise “bio” by Andrew Morton is an unqualified disaster, actually worse — an unqualified piece of nothingness.

I guess that’s what you get when you’re doing an “unauthorized biography” — tons of meaningless trivia and false information, because the author himself couldn’t verify his facts with the person he’s doing a bio on. 

Honestly, it’s the same as any other attempt to generate “controversy” when speaking of a genuinely, honest-to-god, good person.   It’s the history of L. Ron Hubbard, who has had just about every vested-interest, hatchet-job writer from the last 50 years attempt to sully his reputation, utterly failing each time because the hatchet jobs are based on lies.  It’s the same with Mr. David Miscavige, or Tom Cruise. 

I was blogging the same thing a few months ago when another “viral” round of hatchet-job posts were going around concerning the school in Oregon that Tom Cruise send his kids to. It’s trying to make a story out of nothing, so as to either (a) make a lame attempt at a swipe at Scientology, or (b) just gain a few more hits to spike your AdSense revenue.

Pretty lame in my book, which is the slot this bio falls into as well.

Reference: Review: New Cruise biography comes up empty –

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7 comments on “CNN Says Tom Cruise Bio is an "Air Sandwich”

  1. whatstrikesmyfancy
    January 10, 2008

    I agree. Utter piece of nonsense about a guy who gives a damn.

  2. Grahame
    January 10, 2008

    When I heard that the biography author hadn’t interviewed Tom Cruise, any of his family, any of his business associates or any of his friends, I thought “what sort of biography is this going to be?’ Well I guess the CNN article tells it like it is: empty, devoid of facts and so libelous that they can’t publish it in the UK (where the libel laws have some teeth, unlike in the US).

    I guess the author was so desperate to get some attention for his poorly written and researched book and to make some sales that he had to do something extreme.

  3. John Davis
    January 12, 2008

    Well, Mr Morton is probably an “expert” on Tom Cruise. Knowing ALL about him, he doesn’t feel it necessary to actually speak to him or communicate with him.

    There was a news clip on the Internet that I saw recently with a guy who was an “expert” on Scientology. According to this guy, Scientology is a cult, it’s this and that and he didn’t have a good word to say about it anywhere. Yet this person was an “expert” on Scientology.

    I’ve seen psychiatrists presented as “experts” on the human mind. Yet they can’t actually do much more for a person that drug him. Guys, the patient isn’t cured. He’s just STONED! Take him of his meds and see what happens!

    It’s about time we saw experts in the media who really are experts. Who are in communication with the thing they are “experting” about, who really know what they are talking about and can demonstrate it.

    Yours sincerely,

    John Davis

  4. Milla
    January 12, 2008

    It is so funny to see what are this Morton guy products, what does he “create”: Money-for-himself trough synthetic scandals that can potentially ruin some lives. So he is basically creating money through covert destroy.

    On the other hand TC, being a great actor, is a creator by definition. And he gives away tremendous amounts of money to help causes that helps millions of people, all over the world: helps the education, helps the NYC firemen and rescue guys, helps the fight against drugs and against human rights abuse…. you name it!

    And still, most people don’t have a clue and don’t know who should they trust!

  5. Ton Ramaker
    January 13, 2008

    January 13, 2008

    Concerning smearing publication on Tom Cruise

    This is yet another example of someone publishing, obviously without having, or (I am beginning to suspect) even wilfully neglecting, the true data. This annoys me no end.
    Although I live far away from Tom, I have seen and heard enough to know that I consider him my friend. His purposes, as seen from his deeds, to help his fellow man and mankind, agree with mine. And he has achieved quite a lot! Look e.g. to what he did for the New York firemen, suffering from toxins after 9-11.
    So for someone to put this kind of slander forward – would either be totally ignorant, stupid, or have intentions NOT favourable to our fellow man or mankind. This is the way I see it. As this someone appears to be able to get his stuff published, I think I can rule out the “ignorant” alternative.
    Consequently, I skip addressing this “someone” here; handling his intentions is beyond me in this letter.
    But all other readers not familiar, I would invite to acquaint themselves with the fantastic things Tom has done and no doubt still is doing. And thus be able to know and decide for themselves! Even if you would just read the book ’Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health’, you would get an inkling of what a person by himself can achieve in helping his fellow! And Tom is doing it.
    Finally, to Tom I wish to say: “Know your good work is noticed.”. And “Keep it up!”, though I think you will do that anyway!

    Ton Ramaker, Netherlands

  6. Angie
    January 14, 2008

    Thanks for the forum for this.

    I’m getting really frustrated with the seeminly intentional dismantling of artists. Saw a mag cover while in line at the grocery store of Britney Spears restrained to a gurney–on the cover! Flipping through channels, I saw TV footage of an artist trying to walk down the street, having to move slow because of a 3-deep layer of paparazzi completely surrounding her. There must have been 50 of them, all non-stop flashing their cameras.

    Like this book on Cruise, it’s all just so completely pointless. If photogs’ and publishers’ only defense is “it’s what sells magazines”, then we should launch some kind of boycott. Or a petition for an artists’ bill of rights law. Or help George Clooney’s work of inserting false locations into the celeb locator. Any biographers out there want to do an unauthorized bio on Andrew Morton? Or cameramen who want to follow the most annoying paparazzo around?

    PS: An earlier post mentioned Cruise’s work for the rescue workers, but didn’t include a link. Here it is:

  7. Daphne Soglowek
    January 16, 2008

    This bloke, Andrew Morton- he should have a biography written about himself, including his own infidelitiy stories.
    check it out.. I bet this is only the tip of the iceberg.

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