This is what happens when you get people with humungous egos and no sense of the blogosphere, trying to blog--you have them giving inappropriate advice to friends and then screwing with their words when they won't follow your dictate. Making up The Rules as she goes along:
Though she sought Clooney's approval, "I didn't need permission because his statements are in the public domain." Nor did she think she needed to credit the source of the statements.
Very similar to this other group of dopes.
Amazing how she didn't think there'd be a problem quoting someone out of context (another point missed from journalism 101) When you're blogging, you're in a different game than journalism, and, more than ever, you need to be careful, ask permission, not slice-and-dice someone's words to fit a preconceived agenda, etc.
Out here in the blogosphere, it's not about your ego. If you aren't a bona fide jouno, which is how bloggers (celebrity or not) are viewed, you've got to be very, very careful. Scrupulously careful. Your own opinion is one thing--monkeying with the words of another person to shore up what you think they should say is something totally different.
When Huffington tried to blow it off as a "misunderstanding," Clooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield called it like it is:
"It's not a misunderstanding, it's misrepresentation," he said. "She knows what she was doing. She was saying to people that she had George Clooney's blog and was printing it. George Clooney does not make statements. He answers questions."(from here)
And that, my dears, is the crux of the matter.
So, I now love George Clooney more than I did before--good looks and some good sense!
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