Daily Mail isn’t known for being the most reliable news source in the world, and many of us know they routinely just make up stories and gossip out of thin air. George does not like being lied about. Earlier this week they published a story about his fiancee’s mom not approving of their upcoming nuptials due to religious reasons, and Georgey boy is pissed off.
“There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse,” Clooney, 52, wrote in his column. “In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none.”
“The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist,” managing editor Charles Garside said. “She based her story on conversations with a long standing contact who has strong connections with senior members of the Lebanese community in the U.K. and the Druze in Beirut.”
Clooney’s op-ed says “none of that is true,” however. “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,” he wrote. “So either they were lying originally or they’re lying now.”
(I am going to say, probably both)
“Furthermore, they knew ahead of time that they were lying,” he continued. “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.”
“What separates this from all the ridiculous things the Mail makes up is that now, by their own admission, it can be proved to be a lie. In fact, a premeditated lie,” Clooney wrote.
“So I thank the Mail for its apology,” he continued. “Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”
SO! George hates them and totally called them out on their bullshit. It’s probably not going to do much good though, they’ll just keep making things up. It’s the business.