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March 17, 2006

The Huffington Post

Err, really?

A posting appeared under Clooney's byline and picture on Monday, entitled "I am a Liberal. There, I said it!" In it the Oscar-winning actor attacked the Democratic party for passivity in the face of Republican warmongering. "It drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, 'We were misled'," he wrote. "It makes me want to shout, 'Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic.'" His words were reported by several national and international media outlets.

In fact, the posting had been assembled by Ms Huffington from two interviews Mr Clooney gave recently - one to the Guardian's film and music section and one to CNN's Larry King.

So, some of the posts at Huffington are in fact cobbled together by the staff? Are not actually written by those with the byline?

Ms Huffington said more than 99% of her bloggers posted their writing directly to the site but she believed she had a role to play encouraging new voices to enter the "blogosphere". She sent a sample posting to Clooney's representatives, she said, and was surprised when it was sent back with no changes. "Obviously I've learnt something from this. This was the first time approval came from a publicist instead of my being in direct communication with a principal."

There’s what, a couple of hundred bloggers there? If it’s 99% post directly, well then, who are the two who don’t? Time to come clean perhaps? All of the names, this time, please. How many of the posts are not directly written by who they say?

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It was probably more coherent than anything Miss Clooney could have come up with

Posted by: beautifulatrocities | Mar 17, 2006 12:41:23 PM