Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Who is the Most Prominent Openly Gay Journalist on American Television?

CNN's Anderson Cooper has come out, although it was so widely known that he was gay that the only closet left was in his own mind. The New York Times put it in perspective:
"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).

1 comment:

Mortimer Ichabod Marker said...

It is important to remember two things:
1- Anderson Cooper does appear on 60 Minutes occasionally, which increases his prominence over Maddow.
2- They said "most prominent" not "best" or "smartest"