Alec Baldwin: “Why We Need the New York Times.” Or – even a broken clock is right twice a day.


Alec Baldwin: “Why We Need the New York Times.” Or – even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Alec Baldwin makes a pitch for the broken clock that is the NY Times. Full story at the Huffington Post here.

He starts out with his past devotion to the Times:

I picked up the paper every day, back when many places ran out of the Times, and rather quickly, by late morning. I carried it with me everywhere, as so many other New Yorkers seemed to. In New York, someone else is usually doing the driving. In a cab or on the train, the Times and the time to read it were mine.

Television news had become less relevant in my life. I was rarely near a TV at 6pm to watch the classic network broadcast. CNN was good for breaking news and convention coverage. But salacious crimes and court cases seemed to predominate more than I could bear.

But then tragedy strikes in the form of Jayson Blair:

When the Jayson Blair story erupted, I realized that if the Times couldn’t even properly and effectively assess their own, how could they be relied upon to assess public officials and figures? It was then that I stopped buying the paper. A lot of people did. In Manhattan, copies of the New York Times often pile up everywhere.

Not to fret comrades as now he’s back on the bandwagon:

Some friends of mine in the media business say the newspaper model as we know it is in its death throes. Papers will fold or go digital. The Times will survive only online. I hope that is not true. I hope that one does not need to own a computer and a high speed connection in order to stay connected with the world of news and opinion. The Times, like many other important journals, is not perfect. Sometimes its writing and its priorities are downright awful. But that is rare.

I still think people should read a newspaper every day and that children should be taught the importance of doing so in school. Television news can be good. It just isn’t as good as the New York Times. And now more than ever.

So the NY Times has writing and priorities that are “awful” but we should all be good comrades and buy the paper anyway.

As for me I’ll take a pass on paying money for a broken clock. I haven’t read or heard about the NY Post taking out $250 million in emergency loans or taking their building down to the pawn shop just to keep the doors open. But I guess the thought of subscribing to the NY Post is far too low brow for an American Apparatchik like Baldwin.

But like the man said:

As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize’s a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired. You get the picture?

It looks to me like the NY Times is getting fired.