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March 15, 2006

George Clooney: I Do Not Admit To Being A Blogger

And it seems he isn't. Arianna displayed her usual amount of dishonesty and self-promotion here:

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 valiant 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."

I thought those comments seemed stale. I've read most of that stuff before. I thought Clooney was just repeating his old schtick. But no, Arianna was trying to make it appear as if a real celebrity -- Alec Baldwin doesn't count, unless we've gone back in time to 1992 -- was posting on her site.

Update: Arianna claims it was all honest misunderstanding.

"Honest" in the sense that she believed she had the go-ahead from Clooney to do something dishonest -- knit together some of his previous rantings and put it in the form of a "blog post," claiming he had "written" the "post."

It's still dishonest. She's just claiming Clooney was complicit in the dishonesty.

Let's just admit they were both assholes and be done with it.

Thanks to Allah.


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