We told you yesterday morning exclusively about George Clooney’s Haiti telethon.

It’s almost laughable then how so many blogs simply lifted the story without credit. Chief among them was Sharon Waxman’s The Wrap. The blog loves to take stories that don’t belong to them.

This is a weird new form of non-journalism. After all, it was Clooney who told this reporter directly about the telethon at the “Up in the Air” dinner in New York. Waxman (and those who followed her lead) just ignored this.

Clooney, of course, I can also tell you (read this carefully Sharon) is getting all his “Oceans Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen” pals to join him starting with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Expect Wyclef Jean, who’s doing amazing work down in Haiti right now, to return for the telethon with his band including cousin Jerry Duplessis who’s with him in Port au Prince trying to help survivors.

Wyclef once had a bit hit called “Somebody Call 911.” Indeed. Now it’s “Text 501501″ with the word YELE. It will save lives.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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