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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The End of Radar

Posted by on January 24 at 13:41 PM

I knew it was coming, but it still made me sad to read it.


Speaking of the sure-to-be-missed brilliance of Radar magazine, I heard a completely unsubstantiated rumor that the magazine’s financial failure was due in large part to the amazing article on Scientology the mag ran in its next-to-last issue. It’s no secret that Scientology is the most litigious religion in the history of the world, rumored to be able to set smaller organizations on the road to bankruptcy with just the threat of litigation. Still, Radar had plenty of financial trouble even before they decided to aggressively bust the Scientologists—which, it must be said, is a fate-taunting maneuver on par with wearing a SUGE KNIGHT SUCKED MY DICK T-shirt to the Source awards—and I wouldn’t put it past the Scientologists to have birthed this we-killed-Radar rumor themselves, preying on an already hobbled beast to send a message to everyone else: Don’t fuck with us.

I expect a threatening letter from the Scientologists regarding the Slog entry. I’ll keep you posted.