Leveson’s global celeb appeal

28 November 2012

Tomorrow’s Spectator Life cover interview is with Alec Baldwin, who as any American will know, does not hold his tongue on matters political. He even has a view about Westminster:

‘The thing I follow most closely there is the Leveson inquiry, anything about Rebekah Brooks and Murdoch.’ Baldwin makes it clear he would like a Leveson inquiry in the US. ‘If they were doing that over there, you have every reason to believe they were doing that here as well. There is no market that is bigger for media outlets in terms of the tabloids and generating trash than the US. It’s a reasonable question to ask if they were doing that here and to look into it. But I’m sure during that time there were people out there shredding documents, deleting the emails and doing things behind the scenes.’

Like our own vocal celebrities, he doesn’t have much time for the press, especially the ‘cryptofascist’ Rupert Murdoch. Outrageously, he doesn’t like diarists much either it seems:

‘The New York Daily News always had a gossip column but they were genteel compared to the Post. Now the Daily News has hired someone from London who worked for Murdoch [Colin Myler]. Editors are competing with each other on that level and they’re getting the Brits to do it.’


One wonders whether Lord Justice Leveson shares Baldwin’s forthright sentiments about the British press. Tomorrow’s shenanigans will reveal all.

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  • Elaine Decoulos

    After months of reading US libel law, which means endless case law, I can tell you that the First Amendment is not a right to publish defamatory & libellous stories. The non-public figure in the US, i.e. one not holding public office or a celebrity, has better rights under the law of libel in the U.S. than in the UK. A fact little known and appreciated.

    And last night on The Charlie Rose Show, Justice Scalia of The Supreme Court expressed his regret on the precendent setting Supreme Court libel decision of NYT vs Sullivan.

  • Jules

    Fortunately for Americans they have the First Amendment to protect their right to free speech and a free press. If only we in Britain had such protection.

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