Well, apparently MSNBC Rachel Maddow thinks so.
The "out" lesbian news anchor said in an interview with the Guardian that closeted gay anchors should come out. And, she said in a later interview that she's not referring to a certain CNN anchor.
"I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing, but I do think that if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out," she says carefully - Maddow is one of two openly gay anchors on MSNBC, along with Thomas Roberts, a daytime anchor.
I frankly do not agree with Maddow on this one. While I'm all about being "honest" with the public, I think this information is extremely private and shouldn't dabble in the world of journalism. My sexuality is not the story nor is it important to the story nor does it change my unbias view of the story; it is, frankly, irrelevant.
Although, Maddow blogged that she was not directly talking about Anderson Cooper:
"In that interview, I wasn't asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn't say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all -- even implicitly," she wrote. "I don't tend to be shy when I criticize -- you wouldn't have to read between the lines if that's what I was trying to do."
But, I'm not convinced. Anderson Cooper's sexuality has been rumored to be gay for quite some time; who else could she be talking about? I actually like the way Anderson Cooper is handling his sexuality with the media. He's blatantly keeping his personal life away from public because not only is it sacred but it would, ultimately, become apart of the story. One of the first rules in Journalism that I learned in college is that- you are not a part of the story. And, not all journalist live by that creed but that's how it should be.
Rachel Maddow, you've got this one wrong, lady!