George Clooney may have strong opinions but don’t expect him to blog about them.
The actor, who won his first Academy Award this month, says he did not write a blog posted on Monday by columnist Arianna Huffington on her website, huffingtonpost.com.
Huffington was given permission to use a compilation of Clooney’s critiques of the Iraq war that he gave in interviews with Larry King and London newspaper The Guardian. But Clooney says that “Miss Huffington’s blog is purposefully misleading and I have asked her to clarify the facts.”
In the statement issued Wednesday, Clooney went on to say, “I stand by my statements but I did not write this blog.”
The blog called Democrats out for not speaking up against the Bush administration and the Iraq war.
Huffington says she has done nothing wrong. In a post on her website, she says that when she invited Clooney to blog, he wasn’t sure how a blog worked. So Huffington put together a sample blog based on previous interviews the actor had done and it was sent to his publicist for editing. She claims it was approved without any requests for changes.
“This was an honest misunderstanding,” she wrote. “But any misunderstanding that occurred, occurred between Clooney and the publicist. We based our decision to post on the unambiguous approval we received in writing.”
Not according to Clooney’s publicist Stan Rosenfield. “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.”
Last week, Clooney won a best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a CIA agent caught in the middle of a political conspiracy in “Syriana.”