The question I have posed for myself - Is this a case of media manipulation? - is complicated by the fact that we are dealing here with two huge institutional nexuses, Hollywood and the Roman Catholic Church, that both have a longstanding and, one might say, radical commitment to managing any and all news about themselves. This means that, in each case, it is far from easy to establish the truth of what they are up to in order to determine the extent of the possible manipulation. Or, more charitably, one might say that both institutional nexuses are dedicated to the proposition that the truths of art and the truths of faith, respectively, may not always be best served by disclosing the truths about the people and institutions responsible for serving them up.
"Gibson's Passion: A Case Study in Media Manipulation?,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss1/8