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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Huffington Post Fabricates Celeb Blogs

Just a few days ago I was giving George Clooney a hard time over an asinine blog he wrote for the HuffPo. Now it turns out that George didnt even write it. It was all FABRICATED by the HuffPo. As Dan Rather would say, "even though the story was fabricated, we believe the essence of the story to be true".

Welcome to The Lefts new journalistic standards. Jayson Blair, take a bow.

Arianna explains today that she asked George to write a blog for the HuffPo, and he replied, "Whats a blog?". So Arianna and friends took it upon themselves to write the blog for him based on interviews he had given to various media outlets. I guess George wasnt happy because Arianna is doing a little dance over at the HuffPo today, throwing the blame at Clooney's publicist. You need to apologize, Arianna, not cast the blame elsewhere. You INTENTIONALLY published a blog that you KNEW Clooney didnt write. How do you explain that? Even if one of his publicists did give approval, dont you think you should have included a byline that stated you wrote it and Clooney approved it?

The fact remains, the HuffPo ran a blog with Clooneys picture and a byline stating 'By, George Clooney" and he didnt even know about it.

Exactly which of your celebrity blogs are written by celebrities? There should be a full investigation (LOL) and the HuffPo should come clean and let its readers know which other celebrity blogs are also fabrications.

Now, some people would say "She made a mistake" or "She had bad intelligence working for her", but others (like any left wing rag) would say SHE LIED. SHE LIED. SHE LIED.

Cant have it both ways, Arianna. Good Night and Good Luck.
Here's a link to her 'explanation'.

And here is Clooney's side of the story:

Clooney to Arianna: I Did Not Blog

George Clooney

Oscar winner George Clooney may make politically provocative films like "Syriana." But he doesn't write politically provocative blogs.

So imagine his ire when Arianna Huffington used some of his recent answers to political questions in a way that makes it look as if he wrote one for her Huffington Post blog site.

"He doesn't object to the quotes," says Stan Rosenfield, Clooney's rep. "He said those things and those are his views. Arianna asked for permission to use the quotes and he gave it to her. What he didn't give permission for was the use of his quotes without source attributions to make it appear that he wrote a blog for her site. Which he did not. When he saw the posting Monday, we called and asked her to make the change, to simply attribute the quotes and make it clear that he did not write a blog. But she refused. And it's now Wednesday."

Rather than keep waiting, Clooney got proactive and issued this statement:

"Miss Huffington's blog is purposefully misleading and I have asked her to clarify the facts. I stand by my statements but I did not write this blog. With my permission Miss Huffington compiled it from interviews with Larry King and The Guardian. What she most certainly did not get my permission to do is to combine only my answers in a blog that misleads the reader into thinking that I wrote this piece. These are not my writings — they are answers to questions and there is a huge difference."

In the pulled-from-interviews quotes, Clooney criticizes the Democrats' failure to speak out about the Iraq invasion for fear of being criticized for being unpatriotic.

And the "Good Night, and Good Luck" writer-director-star also invokes Edward R. Murrow: “When you hear Murrow say, ‘We mustn’t confuse dissent with disloyalty’ ... it’s like he’s commenting on today’s headlines.”

Or today's blogs.

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