Earlier this week, actor George Clooney penned an open letter to/about a report in The Daily Mail that he claims was an irresponsibly fabricated story about his future mother-in-law that suggested that his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother objected to the couple’s engagement for “religious reasons”. In response to Clooney’s letter, The Daily Mail issued a half-assed “apology” that wasn’t really an apology at all. Today, George has published a follow-up letter that makes very clear that he completely rejects the Mail’s so-called apology because he does not believe for one second that the publication is neither sorry for what they did nor has any intention to stop publishing similarly fabricated stories in the future. Click below to read the full text of George Clooney’s new response.
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.
Altho George Clooney doesn’t respond publicly to tabloid reports like this regularly, he is never one to mince words when he feels strongly about something in the media. Clearly it is very important for George to make his feelings crystal clear about this story and this publication in particular. He knows this story to be a lie, he knows that The Daily Mail knows the story is a lie and he wants to make sure that everyone else knows that the story is a complete lie. I know for a fact that The Daily Mail will not stop publishing these kinds of stories. They may back off of posting similarly fabricated stories about Clooney and his family for a short time but it won’t last. In the end, people will choose tabloid lies over the truth because they find it entertaining. It’s noble of George Clooney to try and make his point but ultimately, he’s fighting a losing battle.