Countown-Lowdown-Clooney-HuffPo Smackdown

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Lloyd Grove took time between rounds in the Countdown-Lowdown-Smackdown to stick his head in on the George ClooneyArianna Huffington undercard (or, rather, the main event):

Clooney told me: “Nobody has ever written an op-ed piece for me. If I say I’ve written something, I’ve written it. When I go to the Oscars, I write everything I say…I stand by what I do, but I’m very cautious not to take giant steps onto soapboxes because I think they’re polarizing.”

Huffington, meanwhile, remained an “unrepentant evangelist” despite the dustup — though she did revise her policy of relying on publicists’ approval when recruiting Oscar winners:

So while this is definitely the last time I’ll rely on an okay-to-publish from a publicist, it most assuredly won’t be the last time I’ll recruit for the blogosphere and try to get the uninitiated to blog.

The Medium Isn’t the Message — The Message Is the Message [HuffPo]
Clooney & Huffington’s Blog of War [Lowdown]

Countdown-Lowdown-Smackdown: Grove Calls Olbermann ‘Deranged’ [FishbowlNY]
Countdown: Gloves Come Off in Olbermann-Grove Showdown [FishbowlNY]