Full disclosure: I think Alec Baldwin is America's best actor. Hands down, he's the best. He's an amazing leading man, he's a great character actor and he's a tremendous comedic talent, as well, which is no easy task. Watch '30 Rock' Thursday nights on NBC. Baldwin is genius.
Of course, I've long detested his hard Left politics, but I respect his opinion. Yes, he's a blowhard. Yes, his ego has long been way out of control. Yes, he's the poster boy for the intolerant Liberal hater I'm constantly railing against here in this very space.
But, like I said, full disclosure. So I get up this morning after one of those horrible tossing and turning, sleepless nights. I woke up around 3.30am and I was well aware of the arrival time of the newspapers, somewhere around 4.45. When the alarm went off at 7, I hit the snooze button.
Ten minutes later, I got up, I had a big gulp of Starbucks' Kenya blend and I was jolted awake by THE VOICE MAIL MESSAGE
, courtesy of Laura Ingraham.
(1) I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
(2) I found it offensive.
(3) I found it hilariously funny.
The part about his daughter being a 'thoughtless pig' was a bit harsh at first blush. But what were you like a age 11 or 12? I was pretty thoughtless. 'Brains,' or 'decency'? Not much was going on between my ears back then. 'I'm gonna straighten you out --' 'I'm gonna get ON A PLANE,' shit, I'm laughing my ass off right now as I type this.
What I find most disturbing about this is how Mr. Holier Than Everybody Else, Sean Hannity, has seized on this non-story. Of course, Hannity and Baldwin have a feud going. But c'mon. Hannity's radio show was embarrassing today and the Fox News Channel, already tabloid city since well before the Anna Nicole death, has just completely gone off the cliff. So much so, I don't even watch anymore.
Also disturbing to me is that Kim Basinger leaked this answering machine message to the press through her attorney. Undermining the father is never healthy or good for the child. Shame on her -- and pity for the daughter, who more than likely really is a 'thoughtless pig' -- for this pointless media frenzy.