It’s difficult to fathom, but Alec Baldwin is in danger of losing his liberal stripes.

Writing at the Huffington Post in a piece entitled Why We Need the New York Times, the actor/activist (or is that the other way around?) mourns the coming demise of the print version of his newspaper-of-choice.

The natural evolution of media means that print newspapers have one foot in the grave and the other on Johannes Gutenberg’s banana peel, and may soon go the way of dinosaurs, 8-track tapes and the shampoo shop next door to Mickey Rourke’s house unless somebody can figure out a way to quickly un-invent the Internet—something that Al Gore, a big friend of the left, took the initiative in creating, by the way.

Have you ever heard any of the same people who are boarding a gas-guzzling private jet while dancing behind Pied Piper Al and his hybrid, low-emission pan flute blaming Gore for putting their beloved New York Times on life support?

The move from print to electronic media is the natural and inevitable next step. A rapidly diminishing number of people want to pay to have a hunk of paper thrown on their front porch containing the same news they read last night via five blogs and numerous Twitters. So what kind of “progressive” is opposed to progression? What kind of Darwinist opposes evolution? For that matter, what kind of environmentalist is lamenting the end of an industry that is one of the greatest murderers of trees since the Tunguska meteor?

Mr. Baldwin, I know you’d hate to see the Times and its legendary liberal spin go away, but is it really worth selling out so many valued principles in the process?

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