MAYOR BALD­WIN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Yes, there’s truth in all the breath­less chat­ter that Alec Bald­win could run for New York City mayor. Fans al­ready are bandy­ing about cam­paign slo­gans gleaned from the ac­tor’s most fa­mous movies. Mr. Bald­win, who says he’ll re­tire from NBC’s “30 Rock” next year, is strik­ing a few po­lit­i­cal poses. He has deemed that Mitt Rom­ney has “the best chance” of tri­umph­ing in the Repub­li­can field of can­di­dates for pres­i­dent. He has weighed in on the econ­omy and Wein­er­gate. So. Does the ultimate role of “hiz­zoner” beckon?

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” the ac­tor’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik tells In­side the Belt­way.

“It’s a long way till Novem­ber 2013,” Mr. Bald­win notes in a tweet. More than 80,000 peo­ple al­ready have sub­scribed to the new un­der­tak­ing, which show­cased a “launch we­b­cast” on June 8.

The net­work goes fully op­er­a­tional in Septem­ber with a daily two-hour “Glenn Beck Show,” a six-cam­era simul­cast of his three-hour ra­dio show, and Beck Univer­sity — “be­cause we can no longer rely on text­books hi­jacked by pro­gres­sives,” Mr. Beck ex­plains.

“GBTV is the fu­ture. The con­fines of tra­di­tional me­dia no longer ap­ply,” he con­tin­ues. “GBTV is about get­ting ac­tive in the com­mu­nity, par­tic­i­pat­ing in sto­ries and find­ing new ways to de­liver news, in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment di­rectly to the au­di­ence.”

Among Mr. Beck’s reg­u­lar tal­ent lineup: S.E. Cupp, Brian Sack, Pat Gray and Stu Bur­guiere. The “hy­brid busi­ness model” is over­seen by for­mer Fox News ex­ec­u­tive Joel Cheat­wood and thriller au­thor Brad Thor, a self-de­scribed “strong sup­porter” of the Her­itage Foun­da­tion. See the launch and sub­scrip­tion in­for­ma­tion at www.GBTV.com.

FIRE DEPART­MENT OF NEW YORK

New York City’s fire depart­ment asked for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush to write the in­tro­duc­tion to its book mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sar y of the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ists at­tacks.

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