Itay Hod Responds To Criticism Over 'Outing' Allegedly Gay GOP Politician
Journalist Itay Hod is responding to criticism and praise over his alleged outing of a shockingly well dressed Republican Illinois congressman. (He never mentioned the congressman by name, but he didn't leave a question as to whom he was talking about.)
According to The New York Times:
Mr. Hod says he thinks there’s a Catch-22 — that editors essentially argue against outing without proof while at the same time denying reporters the time and resources necessary to prove it. “I’m not a D.C. reporter,” he said. “They should be asking those questions; that’s their job, and the fact that they’re not doing it is because this is still an icky taboo subject.”
And he doesn’t want anyone to read too much into his choice not to name the politician. “I made it very clear who I was talking about,” Mr. Hod said. “It was not a matter of being cautious.”
Is he now concerned that this posting will damage his own career as a journalist?
“If I don’t get a job because of the fact that I asked this question, it’s not a job I’m supposed to have,” said Mr. Hod, adding that it was worth it because “the conversation has started.”
How do you feel about Hod's reaction to the uproar and discussion he sparked?