George Clooney Rejects 'Daily Mail's Apology In a Huge #SorryNotSorry Moment
Sorry not sorry, Daily Mail. George Clooney slammed the tabloid in USA Today for writing a fabricated story that his future mother-in-law opposed to his marriage to Amal Alamuddin on religious grounds and it appears that the bad blood between Clooney and the Daily Mail isn't about to settle any time soon. Although the Daily Mail issued an apology that was as lackluster as it was hypocritical, Clooney was not having it. In his latest USA Today piece, Clooney rejected the Daily Mail 's apology on the grounds that it was just as offensive as the original story.
"There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse," said Clooney in his second op-ed. "What separates this from all of the ridiculous things the Mail makes up is that now, by their own admission, it can be proved to be a lie... So I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they've exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid."
Clooney's response is completely fair considering the Daily Mail's apology pretty much consisted of saying that they're sorry he got all upset about the story rather than apologizing for printing a false story based on faulty sources. A well-written and concise op-ed piece is really the lesser of the many, many more damaging ways Clooney could have chosen to respond to the tabloid the first time or the second time. But in their apology, the Daily Mail also asked for the opportunity to do what they could to make this up to Clooney. At this point, is there anything they can do?
Let George Clooney write his own articles.
If there's one thing his op-ed pieces in USA Today are teaching us, it's that George Clooney has some journalistic skill. The best way to be 100 percent sure that your story about George Clooney is completely factual is if they're all written by the man himself. Plus, that way, Clooney could control what the Daily Mail does and doesn't write about him and his family.
Stop writing articles about George Clooney entirely.
Another way they might appease Clooney is to put an embargo on articles about him for a while — at least until the wedding. It would just be cruel to ask any tabloid or publication to avoid writing about something as big as a celebrity wedding, but leaving the Clooney family and family-to-be alone for the time leading up to it might be a start.
This is something they should have done the first time around, but the Daily Mail could always try issuing an actual apology for the false story and not one that just expresses sorrow for Clooney's hurt feelings. It would have to be a seriously good apology to make up for the story and for their first apology, but at the very least they could get points for effort.
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