The New York Post, long a thorn in actor Alec Baldwin's side, is expressing some sympathy for the "30 Rock" star after police gave him a ticket for bicycling the wrong way on New York City's famed Fifth Avenue.
The same paper that calls Baldwin "the Bloviator" writes on its editorial page Wednesday:
"We never thought we'd say so, but Alec Baldwin has a point."
"Not about mouthing off to the cops who pulled him over for riding his bicycle the wrong way up lower Fifth Avenue. For that, the foul-mouthed actor fully deserves the summons for disorderly conduct the police slapped him with.
"But Baldwin is right to resent what he called the "mismanaged carnival of stupidity" that is New York — at least with regard to the selective enforcement of traffic laws on cyclists," the editorial says.
"The only reason Baldwin got ticketed is that the NYPD was in the midst of a two-day crackdown on traffic infractions," the Post observes.
"Whether it is because of a lack of will or a lack of manpower, the fact is cyclists daily show their contempt for the city's traffic laws — with little fear of consequences.
"We hold no brief for Alec Baldwin. But he has a case that he's been singled out. If the NYPD is going to ticket him for riding his bike the wrong way down a street, the cops should be writing hundreds of tickets every day for all those self-entitled New Yorkers who behave as a law unto themselves once they get atop their bicycle seats."
The Post and Baldwin have long been at odds. Consider:
- The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force in Feb. 2013 launched an investigation after the actor was accused by a black Post photographer — who happens to be a retired city detective — of calling him a "coon," "crack head" and "drug dealer." In the same blowup, Baldwin also allegedly told a female Post reporter, "I want you to choke to death."
- Baldwin was fired by MSNBC and his talk show canceled after denying allegations he used an anti-gay slur against another Post photographer.
- In Dec. 2011, The Post reported that Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight after becoming "violent" and "aggressive" when told to shut down his smart phone.
- Baldwin railed against the media, gays who accused him of homophobia, MSNBC for booting him, and how "hateful" America has become in a New York magazine cover piece headlined, "I Give Up" in February. He threatened to leave New York. The Post urged him to do so. Columnist Michelle Malkin labeled him a "drama queen."
As if to emphasize that the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid is not going soft on Baldwin, columnist Andrea Peyser — whom the Long Island-born Baldwin often criticizes — needled him
with sarcastic sympathy:
"One minute you're riding your bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street, just like any true New Yorker — hey, traffic laws are for sissies, girls and the gay men that you loathe, aren't they, Alec? Dear, sweet Alec," she wrote.
"But the next thing we know, you're a cursing, gelatinous mess decked out in two pairs of handcuffs and a snarl. The indignity!
"The cops had the gall to treat you just like anyone else. I know you're not just anybody. You're Alec Baldwin!"
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