After British ‘newspaper’ the Daily Mailapologized to George Clooney for printing a completely fabricated story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Ramzi, George Clooney took to the pages of USA Today yet again to tell the gossip rag exactly what he thinks of them and their apology. His statement in full:
There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse.
In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none. In the apology, managing editor Charles Garside claims that the article was “not a fabrication,” but “based the story on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community.”
The problem is that none of that is true. The original story never cites that source, but instead goes out of its way to insist on four different occasions that “a family friend” spoke directly to the Mail. A ” family friend” was the source. So either they were lying originally or they’re lying now.
Furthermore, they knew ahead of time that they were lying. In an article dated April 28, 2014, reporter Richard Spillett writes in the Mail that “Ramzi, (Amal’s father), married outside the Druze faith,” and a family friend said that “Baria, (Amal’s mom), is not Druze.” The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway.
The Mail has a storied history of supporting Nazis, attacking transgendered people, and going after the poor, so it’s not exactly shocking they lied about Clooney’s fiancée, then lied again about lying about it. However, there should be frequent public reminders that the Daily Mail should never be confused with a real newspaper. So thanks George, for helping get the word out.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.