JOURNAMALISM  2:55 pm March 16, 2012

George Clooney Arrest Thoroughly Befuddles CNN Anchor (VIDEO)

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson


And now we will interrupt your Friday with this killer lead-in from CNN: “We got something weird happening in Washington, D.C.” News you can use! What is it, confused CNN anchor? “George Clooney is standing in the middle of a group of people.” Woah, that is, like, so weird! GO ON? Let’s see, the police appear to be arresting some people, yeah? “I don’t know if it was because of George Clooney or they’re on private property or if, you know, it’s a security risk or they were protesting too much.” Hm. Let’s go with, “because of George Clooney.” The Descendants was kind of annoying, right? What else can you tell us, CNN? “This must be an embassy. Do we know what this building is? We don’t know what this building is, but I would suspect they were protesting in front of some embassy dealing with Sudan.” Can the chyron that has been sitting on the bottom of the video this whole time confirm this guess?

Sigh.

Now here is some of that fancy “actual information” stuff, from MSNBC:

Actor George Clooney, long a political activist, was arrested and handcuffed outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington for protesting the country’s blockage of food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains area of the country, as well as its treatment of its people.

Clooney’s father, journalist Nick Clooney, 78, was with him and was also arrested, as were Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.). The group was handcuffed with plastic handcuffs and were taken away by police.
Speaking before the large crowd that gathered to watch the protest, Clooney said “we need immediate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”

He went on to say that the group wanted “the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them.”

Sounds reasonable, which probably means the police are waterboarding George Clooney with pepper spray up the nose in a secret torture chamber right this minute. [CNN via TPMTV/ MSBNC]

 
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Barb March 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Bad George! Go to my room!

SorosBot March 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Already getting dirty again, while still in recovery? Good for you Barb!

Barb March 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Just trying to keep up with you.

Callyson March 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Send him to me when you're done.

WIDTAP March 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Now Call, you don't want Barb's sleepy seconds.

x111e7thst March 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Obviously we need to bomb Iran. Thank you George for your courage in making that clear.

Extemporanus March 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

He is a man of constant sorrow.

Lascauxcaveman March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

As is anyone paying attention to this shit going on.

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Sudan needs moar sluts.

Extemporanus March 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh brother, right art thou.

coolhandnuke March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Now a Foggy Bottom Boy.

Crank_Tango March 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

and a Dapper Dan's man to boot!

GOPCrusher March 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

And he stays out of the Woolworth's.

Antispandex March 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Arrested for playing with Stacey Keiblers elf in public?

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I wish I was that short, if you know what I mean.

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This just in to CNN: Million Moms March on DC, Demand Free Clooney, Some Other Stuff.

Hera Sent Me March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

CNN would report the start of World War III by saying, "Unusual mushroom-shaped clouds have been seen over a number of American cities. Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider is in our studio to discuss possible causes."

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

"Well, Rick, it all began with a blinding flash and a loud boom, so I'm predicting thunderstorms for the entire nation. Better button up your overcoats, folks!"

Jerri March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Then they'd put her in some kind of virtual reality hologram to report on what it might be like inside the cloud.

Antispandex March 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

"Several people have reported some nasty burns, so don't you forget your sun screen today!"

FNMA March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

A friend of mine said, "Wish I looked that good last time I got arrested."

fuflans March 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

hahahaha they get dennis miller and victoria jackson.

we get clooney.

really, if there were no other reason to be a libtard….

OneYieldRegular March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Good to see that a trusted news organization like CNN is right on top of the story, since I read this morning at 5:30 a.m. right here on the Internets that George Clooney would be joining a protest today in front of the Sudanese embassy.

finallyhappy March 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

yup, it was in the Post this morning which must print at 1 or 2 am in the morning

LesBontemps March 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Killing? Rape? Starvation? In Sudan? Get off my teevee, there's March Madness on!

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

really! We haven't even finished mourning UConn!

FlownOver March 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

CNN – the worldwide leader in inexplicable confusion.

This, itself, however, is not news.

bumfug March 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

When did it become news that something befuddled a CNN reporter?

CivicHoliday March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

It's news to CNN when CNN is confused. Oh, and BTW your avatar and my avatar should escape from the zoo and flick off some Australian tourists sometime.

FlownOver March 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Sudan to Clooney:

"I like rape!"

slowhansolo March 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

No, really, the ascendency of Fox was all about the ideology.

Jerri March 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

He's in a tight spot.

HarryButtle March 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Ulysses Everett McGill libel!

MissTaken March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

CNN would've figured it all out if Clooney just hologramed himself to the embassy.

NorthStarSpanx March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Oh come on, we all know the real hero on Sudan is Sarah Palin. One of her many liberties during her VP 'debate' was to highlight her divestment of State funds against those atrocious war mongers. . .what? Wait.

"When I and others in the legislature found out that we had some millions of dollars [of Permanent Fund investments] in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars," Palin said.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5948944&am

fuflans March 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

wow i didn't remember that.

is there anything grifter hasn't tainted / twisted / lied about?

i mean really?

SorosBot March 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Fox probably opened with "George Clooney, the liberal star of The Facts of Life and Batman and Robin…"

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Yea, mine is 35, and I have bad knees.

Extemporanus March 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I hear ya, Stretch — mine's 37", and both my knees and my back hate my fucking guts.

Fortunately, I'm really good at doing handstands…

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Damn! I missed that class…

WiscDad March 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Ben Jealous? Is he a hip-hop star?

Blueb4sunrise March 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

this is beautiful, KBJ

News you can use!
What is it, confused

Gleem McShineys March 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

There seems to be this window, like any other window on my computer, but this one has some kind words in it, with a few pictures. There is a cat on the side near the words, and some disembodied women's glasses up near the top? Here is a box. We will report the information as it comes in, right here in this text box. Stay tuned.

neiltheblaze March 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I have to say, it must be kind of cool to get busted protesting an embassy with your Dad.

DetectiveGrey March 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

In the very least, you won't get in trouble with your parents. Well, you will be getting in trouble *with* your parents, but you get the idea.

finallyhappy March 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

We didn't get arrested(because I don't want to) but my daughter and I have protested together- living in DC gives you a wide range of options- the war, contraceptive rights, any number of evil dictatorships- the choices are limitless.

Doktor StrangeZoom March 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

George Clooney objects to obscene human rights violations against women.

Rush Limbaugh obscenely objects to contraception used by women.

I think I know who wins this comparison.

AnAmericanInTO March 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

In ALL ways, Clooney wins in comparison to El Douche-bo.

Chillatte March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

"Sounds reasonable, which probably means the police are waterboarding George Clooney with pepper spray up the nose in a secret torture chamber right this minute."

I'm sure that Syriana training will come in handy.

MissTaken March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Stop raping them, and stop starving them

That sounds awfully commie Agenda 21-ish.

Biel_ze_Bubba March 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Sounds very anti-Republican, don't it?

ManchuCandidate March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

To be fair, there's a lot that CNN is confused about… like facts, crazy shit as opinion, that Ewick Ewick's son has a face for TV and mind like a steel trap and why people laugh when someone yells at John King "Help me Obi-wan, you're our only hope."

Goonemeritus March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Good for George It’s nice to see this kind of activism making a comeback. I plan to celebrate my retirement one day by getting arrested on regular basis.

GOPCrusher March 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

But drunk and disorderly isn't as cool as protesting civil rights violations.

finallyhappy March 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hey, are you me? i thought i would get arrested after retiring(because getting arrested even for civil disobedience where I worked could have gotten me fired) but I have not done so(retired- not been arrested). I still protest but my husband asks that I please not get arrested as I would not like even a short time in DC jail.

Maman March 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

George Clooney is dreamy….

MissTaken March 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hey Rush! I bet Clooney has never needed to buy expensive dinners and diamonds to get laid.

SorosBot March 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hell, that smile makes me feel excited and I'm straight as they come.

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

And yet I bet he's wanted to.

Native_of_SL_UT March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Also, I'm pretty sure Mrs. SL_UT would clean out our savings account to buy diamonds and fancy dinners for one night with George.

CessnaDriver March 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

All Mr. Clooney has to do is stick his head out his front door and say, "next!".

BlueStateLibel March 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

How do people "protest too much?"

Doktor StrangeZoom March 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

By being Queen Gertrude.

(EDIT:

Prince Hamlet thought Uncle a traitor
For having it off with his Mater.
Revenge Dad or not?
That's the gist of the plot.
And he does, nine soliloquies later
)

ingloriousbytch March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This is what democracy looks like!

Fap…fap…fap…

MissTaken March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

He's already released and looking for some post-jail time release if you catch my drift, and I know you do.

One reporter asked how Clooney's girlfriend, actress and former pro wrestler Stacy Keibler, would react to the arrest. "She's probably thrilled," Clooney deadpanned.
http://todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com/_ne

actor212 March 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

"My name is George Clooney, and I just got out of prison and I'm looking for some trim."

jjdaddyo March 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I am looking forward to him recreating the prison visit scene from Midnight Express with Stacy Keibler.

SockBunny March 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I've tried and I've tried but it's impossible not to succumb to Clooney-love. Eff you to hell, you frighteningly handsome, righteous babe of a man.

Veritas78 March 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I listened to his Senate testimony on the Sudan. He should be on the other side of that big wooden thingy, asking the questions, and I suspect that soon, he will be.

We could do a lot worse. Imagine a colloquy between him and say, Inhofe?

For one thing, only one of them would be drunk. And only one would be hot.

GOPCrusher March 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I don't think he would take the pay cut.

Veritas78 March 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I hear he has some savings.

pinkocommi March 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

George Clooney arrested? It's gotta be illegal to look that good.

Callyson March 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

"I love when I'm right"
More quality news reporting from CNN…JFC…

Chet Kincaid March 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

"Bail is set at an eye-twinkle and a head-waggle, you handsome, handsome devil!!" (gavel)

SeanMEnright March 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

"This guy" is the president of the NAACP, you fucktard. This is shoddy even for the clowns at CNN. This country sucks.

Wonderthing March 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

If you look closely you can see that the plastic handcuffs were really loosely put on him. So he could sign autographs and shit.

fuflans March 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

huh. i don't think that was the point.

but maybe it's just me.

fuflans March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

i love this man. mr fuflans has a man crush on clooney, but don't tell him i told you so.

snoopyfan2010 March 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

You know what this issue needs? A Phony Kony. Then it will be okay.

snoopyfan2010 March 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Well if you can get their own people to force them off of the land, why bother with imperialism?

Manhattan123 March 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Who was the CNN anchor? It sounds like something the Wolfman would babble.

ttommyunger March 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

My 75 year-old sister gets moist at the sound of his fucking name….His and Frank Sinatra's.

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