- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2013

Hollywood actor and MSNBC television host Alec Baldwin — who has a contentious past with members of the media — nonetheless laid down the law this week, and broke out his newfound Rules for My New Journalism Career.

His notable pledge, as reported by The Huffington Post on Friday: No longer will Mr. Baldwin donate any money to political candidates, so long as his employment as MSNBC’s talk show host of “Up Late” stands firm. Mr. Baldwin’s spokesman said his boss is not kidding.

The policy actually comes from the news company. MSNBC once suspended two other hosts, liberal Keith Olberman and not-as-liberal Joe Scarborough, for donating to candidates while serving in their news-related capacities.

The new rule for Mr. Baldwin may prove tough to weather. The actor’s a generous contributor to liberal and progressive campaigns. Still, spokespeople for MSNBC say the rule is zero-tolerance, and Mr. Baldwin’s people insist he’s serious about keeping his talk show position, Mediate reported.

Mr. Baldwin has been involved in several high-profile tiffs with members of the paparazzi over photographs of his family, and reports that his wife tweeted during a funeral service.

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