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Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was agitated. Two days earlier, Mail Online, then the name of the online arm of London's tabloid newspaper, had issued a rare public apology, admitting it had published a bogus article about actor George Clooney's now mother-in-law, Baria Alamuddin.
The story had claimed that Alamuddin, who is Lebanese, was telling "half of Beirut" that she opposed Clooney's then-upcoming marriage to her daughter for religious reasons. "The lying bastard." (Poole says he can recollect having a brief discussion about the Clooney complaint with someone else in an elevator, but denies speaking with me and says he never called Clooney a "lying bastard.") And then he added: "Don't tell anyone I said that."—has been widely hailed as a blueprint for the future of online journalism.
I was originally hired, after a brief writing test, in a probationary "freelance" capacity—a status nearly all new hires at the Mail go through before being offered a staff job or being kicked to the curb.
"We always strive to attribute." After this article was first published, a spokesperson followed up: "We always strive to make the story better, whether through a new angle, new photographs, or additional information and quotes.") Often enough, the only original information the Mail would contribute to the story would be an error or some sensationalized misrepresentation of facts.In January of last year, one of the site's editors, Lucy Cockcroft, assigned me a link to a reporter had been with the woman and her family through the weeks leading up to her death and had written a moving narrative about how the woman spent her final days.My job was to repackage the story in such a way as to cash in on any emotional interest the story, the Mail needed an image that was supposedly of the deceased woman.We tried to dissuade her using the image, but she ran it anyway.A few days later, the Mail received an email from the woman in the photo, who assured the publication that she was not transmitting messages from beyond the grave, as she was very much alive. The Mail made no attempt to publicly acknowledge that it had published the wrong person's photo.