June 28, 2013

BuzzFeed | The Guardian | Mail Online

After Mail Online reported Thursday that Alec Baldwin “and his heavily pregnant wife Hilaria took to Twitter during James Gandolfini’s service,” Baldwin took to Twitter to tell reporter George Stark “I’m gonna tweet at your funeral,” urged his followers to “straighten out” Stark, promised to introduce a part of Stark’s anatomy to his foot and called him a “toxic little queen.”

Mail Online is the Web home of the Daily Mail, which once posted an entirely fictitious story about Amanda Knox’s trial, incorrectly reported a man “offered a safe house in France to British Al Qaeda terrorists” and couldn’t explain how a hoax report ended up under one of its reporter’s bylines. (Not to mention describing a woman as “heavily pregnant” in a piece about a funeral.)

And! The Mail has already retreated, sort of, from Stark’s claims, noting in one photo caption “Hilaria’s tweets may have been posted by an assistant, but the timing still seems rather inappropriate.” Hilaria Baldwin said, “I don’t believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and I never would.”

But! Baldwin — who the Guardian reports has since deleted the tweets and his account — has a rich history of spirited interactions with members of the press, including a purported shoving match with a photographer and supposedly telling a reporter “I want to choke you to death.”

Still, he apparently enjoys reading newspapers.

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City…
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