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Targets in Alec Baldwin's article offer little reaction

Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in Manhattan after

Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in Manhattan after testifying that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who is accused of stalking him on Nov. 12, 2013. Credit: AP

Actor Alec Baldwin's nearly 6,000-word cover story in the new issue of New York magazine -- which lambasted several colleagues and the media -- drew muted reaction Monday from his targets.

"I have never met Mr. Baldwin, either on-camera or off-camera. I wish him all the best," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow told Newsday in a statement. Baldwin called her "talented," but "a phony who doesn't have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air."

Fellow network personalities Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of "Morning Joe," whom Baldwin had disdained, did not comment. Although a seemingly sympathetic Scarborough tweeted a line from the article: "In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day."

Baldwin briefly hosted a talk show at MSNBC last year. It was canceled after he uttered an anti-gay slur at a photographer.

CNN and Anderson Cooper, whom Baldwin called "the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture" -- a reference to the longtime Motion Picture Association of America president who launched and shepherded the industry's film-ratings system -- had no comment.

A representative for Shia LaBeouf, who Baldwin said was fired from their Broadway play "Orphans" for his highhanded behavior, did not respond to a request for comment.

Baldwin, 55, also wrote that he "probably" needs to move out of New York and is considering Los Angeles, living in a gated community with his wife and their child.

Baldwin's representative had no comment.


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