Mike Rinder: The Wife Beater
Alex Gibney and HBO cynically repackaged admitted liar, suborner of perjury, deadbeat, wife abuser and professional bigot Mike Rinder into the poster boy for their new propaganda film. They fly Rinder around the country in five-star luxury to shill for their religious hatred, never mentioning that Rinder was expelled from his former religion for gross malfeasance. They hide that Mike Rinder can’t hold a job and his only source of income is payment for attacking Scientology. Gibney knew all this baggage. Rinder’s family was eager to provide him details. But relevant facts would have popped the phony bubble of legitimacy Gibney created around his “star.” Because Gibney covered up Rinder’s history, what you see here is Mike Rinder, Exhibit A: The wife beater who treats his family like dirt. It’s not the story Gibney wants you to believe about a warm fuzzy “hero”, but one that shows the real Mike Rinder complete with an explosive, violent attack that left his wife of 36 years and mother of his two children physically damaged for life.