The blog post that wasn’t: Clooney vs. Huffington

Remember a couple days ago when George Clooney so selflessly and courageously proclaimed his liberal orientation in a Huffington Post blog-post? Well, he turns out he didn’t write the post, and he’s angry. From the LAT:

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 pro-active 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.”

You’d think Larry King and the Guardian might take issue with this as well, since nothing in the post atrributed either source.

I guess for Arianna, blogging means never having to say you’re sorry! FishbowlLA would like to apologize for making fun of Clooney’s post, which we assumed really was his post. George, call us!