Baldwin, NPR and Important People – UPDATED

I was running an errand today and heard a reporter on NPR breathlessly relate that a new “petition” had appeared on the WH.gov site demanding that airlines stop ordering fliers to turn off their cell phones and electronic equipment. “Since yesterday there are already over 300 signatures!” she said.

And I thought, why is this news, and why is NPR reporting on it as though it is a major issue with an enormous groundswell of grassroot support?

Then, I read this and discovered a wonderful synchronicity! On December 04 the petition was started (it has over 900 signatures, now) and the very next day, this happened:

Hot-head Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight this afternoon in Los Angeles because he was playing a game on his phone apparently past the point when passengers are supposed to have turned off their devices.

On his Twitter account, Baldwin wrote: “Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”

Fellow passengers stuck on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport quickly tweeted about the incident moments after it took place. [. . .] Baldwin was aboard AA Flight 4, which was delayed an hour, when the “30 Rock” star was booted for not listening to the flight attendant. . . .A rep for Baldwin said, “Alec was asked to leave a flight for playing Words with Friends while parked at the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight.”

I bet Baldwin will be signing that petition, if he hasn’t already! After all, important party members who want to play video games are being inconvenienced!

Well, thank God NPR is on the case. I would hate to know that anyone would have to make the smallest sacrifice, ever, for the sake of a safety measure that might not be important enough to warrant the ending of a game.

I love 30 Rock, and I love the character of Jack Donaghy, whom Baldwin plays so brilliantly. But I am so tired of my spoiled, spoiled generation.

And by the way, since I’m talking NPR, how much money do they need? Do they manage it poorly? I mean, they’re subsidized by the government, and Mrs. Kroc left them a tidy sum. Why do they need to have incessant pledge drives? Seems like they’re always asking for more money.

Well, I have donated in the past, but not this year. This year there are much needier people and organizations out there, than National Public Radio.

UPDATE: Baldwin is acting like a 14-year old, on Twitter, where he is making remarking that the flight attendants at American are “retired Catholic school gym teachers”. A champion of the hard-working “little people” wherever he goes, our Alec.

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  • http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae..blogspot.com Leticia Velasquez

    We were at a Mass one summer day in East Hampton, LI where Baldwin lives, and he strolled in late, in shorts, waving to the congregation as if to say, “OK, you can begin now, I’m here.” To make matters worse, when the two celebrants were shaking hands after Mass, Baldwin stood at their side, shaking hands as well.
    He needs to learn his place in the world.

  • Will

    Not sure why NPR ranks up there with Alec Balwin and his tantrums.

  • Janet

    Alec Baldwin’s boorishness aside, do people actually know why we are asked to turn off the electronic devices on take-off and landing? It does have to do with the possibility that they may interfere with transmissions from the flight control tower. I know that the chance may be very small, but who wants to be the decision maker who says “go ahead and send that urgent message to your friend about where you will be eating tonight” prior to having that plane crash.

    I am old enough to remember a plane crash in New York in December of 1960 that may have been caused by a passenger’s use of what was the iPod of its time – a transistor radio.

    I think overkill is the way to go on this one.

  • Chris Lansdown

    On the other hand, I think that it’s a good point that if a cell phone could bring down the airplane, the same people who are worried about 3 ounces of shampoo wouldn’t let you bring cell phones onto the airplane. Seriously, if these things are that dangerous, they shouldn’t be allowed on the airplane or in checked luggage. Since they are, it’s pretty obvious that they’re not actually dangerous. Besides which, if the airplane is so badly designed (i.e. doesn’t use shielded electronics) that a cell phone can take it down, the airplane shouldn’t be allowed in the air in the first place.

    Alec Baldwin is hardly the only person for whom these idiotic rules breed contempt for the authority behind them, and rightly so. Respect for the jokers who publish idiotic rules like this, or alternatively take idiotic risks with peoples lives like this, is misplaced. I have no notion as to the state of Alec Baldwin’s soul, but “any stick is good enough to beat him with” is a bad approach.

  • bearing

    FWIW, the “incessant” pledge drives are likely calls for money that goes to your local public radio station, or perhaps a group of stations banded together in a regional group. The local radio station has to buy content from National Public Radio, which is a separate entity.

    Probably some public radio stations are financially managed better than others, but you’d have to look into it locally. The one I listen to isn’t connected to the one you listen to.

  • Mark

    Ever notice the type programs they show during their fund drives? Why don’t they have the fund drives featuring the left leaning garbage broadcast every day? Could it be that those who watch this left leaning garbage are not prone to donate? They are much more comfortable with taking tax money from others to fund their infomercials for the left.

  • kevin

    I loved him in Glengarry Glen Ross. “Put…that coffee…down!”

  • Douglas Johnson

    The thing is, all available evidence says the phones can’t do a thing to the aircraft electronics. I don’t really care that I have to turn off my phone, but I do hate it when I’m unnecessarily made to go things by my government.


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