"The announcement on Monday makes him the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television."What about Rachel Maddow at MSNBC? I guess The New York Times thinks one or more of the following:
(1) MSNBC does not count as American television.
(2) Anderson Cooper is more prominent than Rachel Maddow.
(3) Rachel Maddow is not a journalist.
CNN, however, has the more international outlook than the more parochial MSNBC, so (1) can be eliminated. And Rachel Maddow has been getting better ratings at 9pm than Anderson has at 8pm, so (2) can be eliminated. That leaves (3).