Tweeted Thursday by veteran gay journalist Rex Wockner:
Weird NYT story about the Aaron Schock alleged outing doesn't name him and weirdly runs in "Fashion & Style" section http://t.co/98tsZIGmnh— Rex Wockner (@RexWockner) January 16, 2014
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?
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."