Alec Baldwin Sings Tenor in NY Times’ Swan Song

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?

Bill O’Reilly on 14th Century British iPodophobia

Barack Obama giving the Queen an iPod for a gift really did stir up some controversy (though, seriously, loading “Send in the Clowns” on the thing was just inviting mockery).

Bill O’Reilly even went as far as to say that giving British royalty an iPod as a gift would have gotten you beheaded in the days of Henry the 8th. Of course it would have — since they’d never seen one, you’d most assuredly either get beheaded for being a sorcerer, or simply because the King got insulted that you were unable to contain yourself and loaded the song “I am Henry the 8th I am” on the thing before giving it to him.

It wouldn’t be just British iPodophobia that would have gotten you beheaded though. I assume if you gave 14th Century royalty the gift of a television, radio, paintball gun, model rocket or cigar lighter for that matter, you’d have been convicted of wizardry, stripped of your powdered wig and chained inside the Tower of London for the rest of your life.

As a matter of fact, I heard that the real reason Marie Antoinette was beheaded was because she tried to give King George III a Sony Walkman during a summit meeting.

Gadget gurus used to be put to death — nowadays they just annoy us on morning news programs.

Here’s O’Reilly on why Obama should thank his lucky stars he wasn’t elected President of the United States 500 years ago: