Alec Baldwin Says Nothing on Fox News Is True, But O'Reilly Is 'Rabid,' Yet 'Talented'

Jim Romenesko reports actor Alec Baldwin appeared on the Howard Stern satellite-radio show  on Tuesday and trashed a female New York Post reporter who follows him around town. He added: “Very quickly I realized nothing that’s handled by News Corp. is true — nothing on Fox — and now I extend that to all media. I think the New York Times is — well, obviously — heads and above [other media] but still they have an agenda, they have a bias as well.”

Baldwin thinks Fox is all lies, and thinks Sean Hannity is a hack, but he's a reluctant fan of Bill O'Reilly, despite his "rabid" show:

Baldwin says he doesn’t watch Fox News (“Oh God, no!”), but “some places you’ll go into and they’ll have it on and you can’t avoid it. You’re forced to watch it. So I’ll watch [Bill] O’Reilly. I watch O’Reilly because I think O’Reilly’s talented. I agree with him about nothing, but he’s talented.

"But, like [Sean] Hannity is, is — he’s just untalented. I’ve always said, he’s like, uh — like, one day a real broadcaster had a heart attack and they like handed the microphone to a gym teacher from a Catholic high school, and that’s Hannity. I admire O’Reilly. O’Reilly is someone who, if it weren’t for the rabid and politically skewed content [of his program], he’d probably win a Peabody."

Speaking of rabid content, here's what Baldwin doesn't like seeing in The New York Post:

The “30 Rock’’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death,” Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.

He then called G.N. Miller — a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post — a “coon, a drug dealer,’’ Miller’s police statement said.

At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he’s a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as “fake.”

Cops were called, and Miller, 56, and Baldwin, 54, both filed harassment claims against each other.

Earlier: Media love for Alec Baldwin

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