Gates has been caught up in a number of 'issues' shall we say over the last two years. Getting shouted at by a newsdesk journalist at The Sun over the phone earlier this year isn't a comfortable experience no doubt. Nor the fact that The Sun refused to publish a denial of a hot topic: the dating status of Daniel Radcliffe. On this occasion, not talked about in The Sun as we can see, is a statement excplicit denial of dating the richest child actor in Britain.
Apparently even TVHits has a sloggy attitude to the truth. They aren't ignorant of the matter either. For those who haven't read it, here is the text of the statement that had > to be dug up in Cosmopolitan: "One of my British friends told me recently how she read in a UK Entertainment magazine about some silly rumour about the actor Daniel Radcliffe and I are supposedly dating.
I feel I must make this clear before it reaches the mainstream press: Dan and I are not dating! It would be quite difficult to anyway considering the fact I live in Melbourne and Dan lives way up in London and is all over the world most of the time. My recent talk with the senior staff of the Music Council of Australia (MCA) dinner last week meant I was asked about this once again. The matter has already reached the internet, such as Yahoo Answers, and I feel it is innapropriate for people to speak about such things without announcement and in a time of our choosing." Dealing with Euan Blair's alleged plagerism is the least of Gates' worries it looks like. What you write and then used is not the only issue we face sometimes, but what isn't published by tabloids because of the implications is another.
George Clooney didn't like what was and wasn't published by The Sun last November, and we know why. The same reasons no doubt Rhoderick Gates is probably disturbed: facts are irrelevant, for as Robert Murdoch once put it in excuse for the fake Hitler Diaries: "We're in the entertainment business."
Anthony Ergyle, Culture Now