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Arianna’s Excuse

Arianna Huffington has posted a response to George Clooney’s accusation that she cobbled together a “blog entry” from scraps of interviews he had done with Larry King and the Guardian, put his byline on it and published it without his permission. Arianna’s excuse? She got his publicist’s permission. Sort of.
But does that excuse the fact that she did not inform her readers that they were not reading a post written by George Clooney for the Huffington Post? That, in other words, her product was not what it purported to be?
As a sidenote, is there anything more pathetic than the desperate way in which Arianna tried to schmooze a post out of Clooney? “Please George… you don’t even have to write it! We’ll just stitch it together out of old interviews — our idiot readers won’t know the difference!”
Let’s all appreciate this for a moment: The woman who perpetrated a scuzzy hit job on Tucker Carlson’s credibility as a journalist just got caught actually faking a post on her blog.

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