10:53 am Jun. 20, 20121
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Alec Baldwin may have figured the best way not to have his picture taken would be to deck the guy with the camera.
As it turns out, Baldwin's outburst yesterday outside the city Marriage License Bureau, where he had just picked up some paperwork with yoga-beauty fiancée Hilaria Thomas, had the opposite effect.
Not only did it lead to Baldwin having his picture taken—it landed him on the cover of the Daily News, in which the volatile "30 Rock" star, alternately referred to on the wood as "Brawlwin" and "Angry Alec," is seen violently shoving Marcus Santos, a photojournalist for the tabloid. (Baldwin also reportedly roughed up another News photog who was at the scene.)
The News really went nuts with the story, which broke on its website yesterday morning. In today's edition, editors gave it a two-page spread that includes the requisite psychologist guest-column and a timeline of Baldwin's "anger issues."
The paper was even able to advance its own exclusive by leading with the news that Baldwin, who has attacked members of the media in the past, is "now the focus of a criminal investigation" since Santos has filed an assault complaint against him.
"He lunged at me like a raging bull," Santos said in a brief video interview embedded in the Daily News article.
The episode also led to a condemnation from the National Press Photographers Association.
"Whether you like it or not, you are a public figure involved in a newsworthy event. And as you well know from your lifetime of celebrity public life, there is no expectation of privacy on a public street," wrote the organization's general counsel, Mickey H. Osterreicher, in an open letter to Baldwin that was posted online.
"For someone who is politically active and who routinely calls for holding the government accountable, which is one of the central roles of the press, it is more than a little disappointing to watch you literally attack the media as you did today. I hope you pause to reflect on your criminal actions."
In other news...
How the New York Times-BuzzFeed collab came about. [The New York Observer]
Hugo Lindgren confirms that The New York Times Magazine gave Mark Leibovich a full-time writing gig to make sure he wouldn't flee to The New Republic. [W.W.D.]
Mitt Romney is terrible for traffic. [BuzzFeed]
Atlantic Media's Quartz, the "biggest" investment the company has ever made, will launch in September. [The Independent]
The harsh reality for Reality Weekly. [New York Post]
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