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Shocking? New York Times runs column about alleged outing of congressman, doesn't ID politician

Tweeted Thursday by veteran gay journalist Rex Wockner:

Wockner makes a few interesting observations about the recent alleged outing of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on Facebook by former CBS/Logo journalist Itay Hod:

First, why didn't The New York Times identify the congressman at the heart of the story?

Second, why is the article online in the Fashion & Style section?

Apparently, that's where The Times has run previous gay "lifestyle" stories.

On Oct. 30, the newspaper ran another column about outing in the Fashion & Style section. This piece, however, freely identified FOX anchor Shepard Smith in the second paragraph (along with a photo) as the subject of an Oct. 22 Gawker gossip item, in which the journalist supposedly shouted at a Chelsea waitress while he was on a date with "a muscular 6-foot-2 30-something white male."

A prescient Times headline writer titled the earlier column, "How Outing Lost Its Power to Shock."


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