Alec Baldwin has had his share of ups and down with the media, especially the New York Post. Recently, he was accused of hurling a racial epithet at a photographer for the newspaper and the paper was thinking of charging him with a hate crime.
When Alec stopped by this morning to promote the new Woody Allen movie "Blue Jasmine," his relationship with the paper was one of the many topics he spoke candidly about.
Baldwin was called down to the Manhattan District Attorney's office and he asked for the tape of his supposed racial outburst to be played. It turns out there was nothing racist said, and the photographer reported something like "I think he called me something, but I don't know. I think he might've called me a coon, but I don't know."
Alec alleged that nothing reported by Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, which owns the New York Post among many other media outlets, is true. Come to think of it, he decided, nothing in media is true.
Alec had never run into Rupert Murdoch himself, but he met his wife once at Carnegie Hall. Alec was surprised that Mrs. Murdoch wasn't afraid to be photographed with Alec, despite was he saw as her husband's vendetta against him. "I knew the marriage was over," he said, "when his wife was nice to me at Carnegie Hall.
At the end of the interview, Alec thanked Howard and this show for being the one place he can come to say what he wants to say and not be misquoted or rushed onto the next thing.
ALEC'S COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP WITH TWITTER
You'd think that a guy with such distaste for the major media outlets would have an easy time with Twitter, where he can speak directly to the public.
Unfortunately, that's not the case. He has deleted and reactivated his account several times.
Recently, after tweeting about his new wife, Hilaria, supposedly using Twitter during James Gandolfini's funeral, Baldwin admittedly lashed out in a very aggressive way.
Some, including CNN reporter Anderson Cooper, suggested that Alec had used a homophobic slur by calling the offending Twitterer a "toxic little queen."
Alec called Anderson's comments "the most shocking thing of all," saying:
"He has a job to do. That job he has to do is to try to reinforce his credibility in the gay community after the fact that you couldn't get him out of the closet for ten years with a canister of tear gas. He wanted a mainstream career and he stayed in that closet for ten years. And they couldn't get him out with a bazooka."
For the record, Alec claims that he doesn't consider the term "Queen" to be specifically related to the gay community; he would use it equally amongst men and women.
Now, Alec's Twitter account is active (he claims he'd lose the name id he deactivated it) but he doesn't Tweet any thoughts himself, he just retweets other people