10 Completely Fabricated Stories Published By The Daily Mail
It’s all too easy to mistake the British tabloid Daily Mail for a reputable news source. After all, their newspapers enjoy wide circulation and their website is flashy and professional. But pick up a copy and thumb through it for a few moments and you’ll realize it has about as much credibility as The Weekly World News.
It’s no wonder, then, that the paper is frequently embroiled in controversy. Whether the blame lies in poor journalistic ethics, questionable sources, a heavy ideological slant to the right, or their love of embellishment – the Daily Mail routinely publishes half-true, misleading, or flat-out fabricated stories. Here are ten examples of stories published by the Daily Mail that just don’t align with the facts.
George Clooney’s Disapproving Mother-in-Law
In 2014, veteran actor George Clooney popped the question to his then-girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer. All was going well – no controversy, no drama, just two people in love.
But that wasn’t quite juicy enough for the Daily Mail. Citing unnamed “friends”, the tabloid claimed Alamuddin’s mother was deeply and actively opposed to the marriage on religious grounds, and feared her daughter might be “cast out of the community” were she to go through with it.
Making the bizarre and completely unfounded claim that Alamuddin’s mother was a member of the ethnoreligious minority group known as the Druze, the Daily Mail told their readers she had “half of Beirut” hoping the engagement fell apart.
Clooney was furious with the paper, slamming them in an editorial for USA Today.
“None of the story is true.” He said. “Amal’s mother is not Druse. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage.” He went on to call the Daily Mail “the worst kind of tabloid“.
The Gay N***** Association, or GNAA for short, is a professional internet trolling organization. They’re dedicated to that most ubiquitous of online activities – getting a rise out of some unsuspecting person, then making them look like a fool when they angrily rant at people who don’t actually exist.
After Hurricane Sandy, the GNAA posted a series of satirical images online, depicting African-Americans looting progressively more ridiculous items. The pictures were accompanied by over-the-top captions like “N**** I JUS STOLE A CAT OUTTA SUM1S HOUSE GET ON MY LEVEL“.
Despite the obvious absurdity of the posts, the Daily Mail ran with the story, claiming the fictitious ‘Sandy Loot Crew’ were terrorizing New York City in the aftermath of Sandy.
GNAA president Leon Kaiser laughed the incident off, saying “Anyone who takes ‘N**** I JUST STOLE A CAT OUTTA SUM1S HOUSE GET ON MY LEVEL’ at face value probably shouldn’t be working in the news industry.“