NPR to Alec Baldwin: Host a podcast for us, please

posted at 4:05 pm on October 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Woo hoo! I’m so pumped for this podcast. Know why? Because Jim Treacher is going to have a field day with it! His “Daily Words of Wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Twitter feed” is already one of my favorite features of TheDCMorning. Mostly, though, I just love all the accumulated evidence of NPR’s unassailably “fair and balanced” approach to the news.

Alec Baldwin: The epitome of objectivity. This is a guy who urged his Twitter followers to smear Michelle Malkin for jibing him about his opposition to Troy Davis’ execution. A guy who, while full of compliments for Bill O’Reilly, once wrote that Sean Hannity makes “political pornography” and called Mark Levin Sean Hannity’s “cabin boy.” (Not that either of them were intimidated — Levin hit back by calling him Alec “Brokeback” Baldwin and Hannity’s still poking fun at the actor.) Baldwin was calling conservatives “terrorists” before it was cool. But, no matter. As NewsBusters’ Tim Graham explains, NPR would rather harness the power of Baldwin’s considerable celebrity than preserve any kind of objective reputation:

WNYC’s selling this dabbling podcast as potentially surprising: “Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people such as comedian Chris Rock, political strategist Ed Rollins and Oscar winner Michael Douglas….Here’s the Thing: Listen to what happens when a man you think you know surprises you.” Baldwin claimed to Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times he wouldn’t have an agenda — including that possible political candidate thing?

Mr. Baldwin, who also hosts “The New York Philharmonic This Week” on WQXR and has been a guest host of “Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen,” said in a phone interview that his “number one” interest in creating the podcast “was to find a way where you could talk to people and you don’t feel like you have an agenda, and then they wind up saying everything you hoped they would say.” He added: “I don’t mean in a way to hang themselves or trip themselves up. Nothing embarrassing. I’m going to talk to Ed Rollins, and I’m going to say to him: ‘Convince me. Convince me that I should be voting for your candidates.’”

But, then again, maybe I’m being too cynical. As the saying goes, “A skeptic demands to be shown, while a cynic refuses to be shown.” I’d love to be surprised by a man I think I know — and if, with this podcast, Baldwin actually does what he purportedly plans to do, I’ll be the first to offer poetry-slam-style snaps. The truth is, just as Baldwin says of O’Reilly, Alec has talent in spades. And at least one actor has been known to make an astute politician, so I can’t say I wish entertainers would just excuse themselves from the political arena.

Baldwin’s podcast debuts Oct. 24. Preparing to be surprised …


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You’re being pretty generous with that pic, TK. Alec Baldwin’s got a lot older and fatter since that was taken(even factoring in the recent weight loss).

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I can’t wait to miss it.

Grunt on October 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Flattering 1988 picture of Baldwin.

carbon_footprint on October 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I would expect that they have a crowd of about 14 or so to listen in.

HomeoftheBrave on October 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

My favorite was when brave little precious said that former Rep. Henry Hyde “fat cow” should be taken out in the street and killed.

Sure funny how these entertainment pukes wait until they are famous and well known to spout off.

arnold ziffel on October 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

The guy has the face of a porpoise and he’s a child abuser in the bargain. Quite a catch, PBS.

Mason on October 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Nice pic. I remember when Alec was younger, thinner and hot. What the hell happened? He needs to avoid that chair at NPR, and hire a fitness trainer that’s gonna keep him sweating on a treadmill from dawn to dusk.

RepubChica on October 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

this guy is such a waste of time.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

And at least one actor has been known to make an astute politician,

While that is true, Ronald Reagan had integrity when was still an actor.

oldleprechaun on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Is this news or a warning? There’s no way in the world that I could possibly even accidentally listen to this.

And at least one actor has been known to make an astute politician, so I can’t say I wish entertainers would just excuse themselves from the political arena.

Are you serious? Really?

Akzed on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Will he be replaying his answering machine rants to his daughter??

Knucklehead on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I aims to please!

Although I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to listen to it. But if it’s either that or disappointing Tina, the choice is clear…

Jim Treacher on October 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Yes, please provide a public service with public tax dollars by hosting completely objective point of view like the rest of our programs do.

Cheers!

Opposite Day on October 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Sphincter says what…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Nice pic. I remember when Alec was younger, thinner and hot. What the hell happened? He needs to avoid that chair at NPR, and hire a fitness trainer that’s gonna keep him sweating on a treadmill from dawn to dusk.

RepubChica on October 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

He started really packing on the lbs around 10 years ago right around the time his marriage to Kim Basinger fell apart. And he’s lost some weight recently which he credits to the new lady in his life. So maybe he just needs a woman around to keep him on a strict diet.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

He looks a little schweddy.

peski on October 14, 2011 at 4:25 PM

My favorite part of the DC was when they used a sarcastic headline while passing along a convicted rapists’ womb-shifting rape fantasy about Sarah Palin and then Treacher blew his own credibility with Conservatives by getting all huffy about it on Twitter.

Oh wait, that wasn’t my favorite, just the last time I clicked on anything DC-related. Screw the DC, Treacher and the rest of the gutless weasels as that ankle-biting hypocrisy-mill – I’d rather listen to Alec Baldwin opine on NPR than give Carlson and the rest of his rats so much a one click.

elcapt on October 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Don’t be fooled by how reasonable and open-minded he sounds here. Anyone who follows his Twitter feed knows that the guy is a jerk.

Kensington on October 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

elcapt on October 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

So you’re pretty bummed SP decided not to run for president, huh?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Kensington on October 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Yep, he can be funny and even civilized sometimes, but his tweets are little windows into his soul it seems.

juliesa on October 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

alec’s put on about 100 pounds since that pic. he’s a nasty angry lib. and an abusive father. why is he relevant exactly?

sbvft contributor on October 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Everybody’s favorite actor.

Not mine. he’s a jerk.

IIRC, he’s one of those who threatened promised to leave the country if Bush was elected. That was over 10 years ago. I’m still waiting for him to leave.

UltimateBob on October 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Not in the least, but I won’t forget so-called conservatives outlets that took part in slandering and mocking her, the DC included. She did what was best for her family and herself, and I have no problem with that.

elcapt on October 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

RepubChica on October 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

He started really packing on the lbs around 10 years ago right around the time his marriage to Kim Basinger fell apart. And he’s lost some weight recently which he credits to the new lady in his life. So maybe he just needs a woman around to keep him on a strict diet.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I nominate RepubChica!

Just kidding, Chica. You know I want you all to myself. ;-)

UltimateBob on October 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I haven’t watched much TV lately. Is he still on Knotts Landing?

radjah shelduck on October 14, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Podcasts are for closers.

Christien on October 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I am confused again. How does this square with the ostensible reasons NPR put out for the firing of Juan Williams?

Blaise on October 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The only news about Alex Baldwin I have any interest in hearing would be his promised self-exile to Canada and his obituary.

Adjoran on October 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Shame on you, Adjoran. What do you have against Canada? The obituary part is understandable.

Mason on October 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

What? Charlie Sheen wasn’t available?

TXUS on October 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM

OMG, this is unbelievable… Sean Hannity is still around?!?

DaveS on October 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

My favorite part of the DC was when they used a sarcastic headline while passing along a convicted rapists’ womb-shifting rape fantasy about Sarah Palin and then Treacher blew his own credibility with Conservatives by getting all huffy about it on Twitter.

Oh wait, that wasn’t my favorite, just the last time I clicked on anything DC-related. Screw the DC, Treacher and the rest of the gutless weasels as that ankle-biting hypocrisy-mill – I’d rather listen to Alec Baldwin opine on NPR than give Carlson and the rest of his rats so much a one click.

elcapt on October 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

My goodness. Would you like a damp towel to sponge off after that?

Jim Treacher on October 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM

So you’re pretty bummed SP decided not to run for president, huh?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I know, right?

Jim Treacher on October 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I didn’t even recognize that picture, it’s so old.

That was him back when we thought he was still halfway human.

Alana on October 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Will he be replaying his answering machine rants to his daughter??

Knucklehead on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

This.

Cylor on October 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Hold the kumbaya. All of the listed guests are of the Left or acceptable RINO cocktail party magicians:

WNYC said that coming guests will include Ed Rollins, the political consultant; Chris Rock; Kathleen Turner; Erica Jong and her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast; Dick Cavett; and the reality-television personality Kris Kardashian Jenner.

Note how the closest Alec can bear to get to Michelle Bachmann is through her part-time political consultant who conspired to sink her chances by dissing Sarah Palin early and often, Ed Rollins.

Furthermore, old tax troubled Ed was called out by name after the Bloomberg debate interview by the Bloomberg Channel Titanic purser in the bow-tie. Something like, “I want to know where Ed Rollings will be taking you” around the state of NH campaigning next. Not to mention Ed got his long knives out early with a CYA over his fail in the National Review no less. Gee, this tiny Christian woman took out Gov Tim “The era of small government is over” Pawlenty and Gov Rick “What crony corruption or principled recognition of parental rights” Perry single handed for the Tea Party lovin’ Conservative base while having to fend off Ed’s bad advice and paying for it too boot. No Bachmann, no mention of repealing Obamacare. Notice? (And no, it can not be too repetitive for the sake of our liberty.)

In addition, Ed Rollings has so much pull in his base town of NYC that he couldn’t even get Tina Brown, a Brit who is not even considered of in terms of merit or class in her native society, to publish a decent cover photo instead of the “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann smear. No wonder Roger Ailes sniffed at bringing him along with Lou Dobbs.

Can’t you just wait for the yuks and laughs of reading between the lines and winks on how tax troubled Ed sells Bachmann to Alec Baldwin? What could go wrong? But not to worry kids, Alec may just be trying on political consultants for his often wistful run at Gracie Mansion, Mayor of NYC. Ed Rollins may buy you polite CNN coverage for a time, until they go dark on your existence. But you already have CNN eating out of their no salt/transfat/gluten free hands over you, Alec. Best take the Clinton Initiative global ambassadordoughnutship and leave Ed Rollins to the political back room primordial slim from whence he came.

FeFe on October 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

WNYC is SIDE STEPPING the issue of Alec interacting with listeners because the few times Alec has tried his hand at interacting with actual human beings in the genre of talk radio… he has failed.

His youngest brother however has achieved lasting and documented talk radio success. Stephen joins “Baldwin/McCullough *LIVE*” on closing in on 300 radio stations as of October 2011 and nearly 3 million listeners. (Roughly half the number of stations Limbaugh has, and certainly in the top 15 of most syndicated shows in the nation.)

Alec is fine in the world where he can chat with other “high profile” types and not have to dirty his hands with real people…

LIKE a listening audience…

Of course Stephen’s got him beat on “which Baldwin brother has appeared in the most number of multiple Oscar winning films” too.

Kevin McCullough on October 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM