Media-hater Alec Baldwin to play member of media in "Law & Order: SVU"

The actor, who recently "quit public life," attempts to throw another punch at the media world

By Prachi Gupta

Published February 25, 2014 11:13PM (EST)

In another troll edition of "Law & Order: SVU," NBC has confirmed that controversial actor and hater-of-the media Alec Baldwin will guest star as Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial member of the media.

Baldwin, who recently "quit public life" and insulted pretty much everyone in media in a self-involved essay in New York Magazine, will play a combative newspaper columnist who "questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case," according to the press release.

Making the episode even more LOL-worthy is the addition of television personality Katie Couric, who plays herself and grills Baldwin on her talk show.

"New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” said Executive Producer Warren Leight. “In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial."

Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson, will direct the episode--her first for the long-running series. "We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut," said Leight, who called their on-screen chemistry "palpable.”

You can watch Baldwin stick it to the media one more time on Wednesday, March 19.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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