Republican Congressman Aaron Schock has allegedly been outed by a CBS anchor, according to a report last night by Queerty. Their report cites a lengthy Facebook post by CBS anchor Itay Hod in which the newscaster uses snark and hypotheticals to avoid outing the congressman directly, but his message is very clear. Rep. Aaron Schock has been the subject of gay rumors since his first run for office in southern Illinois and has since become one of the leading antigay politicians in Washington.
CBS anchor Itay Hod's unedited post on Facebook read, “people always say, no one has the right to out anyone. that coming out is a private matter. i disagree. as you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. but bear with me.
here's a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois, is gay... and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower... together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there's more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?
Are we still not allowed to out him?
let me ask another question... doesn't the media have an OBLIGATION to expose his hypocrisy? if he had done something so hypocritical and he wasn't gay, wouldn't we demand journalists do their job? but they can't... because we won't let them. you're not allowed to out ANYONE, we tell them.
we've created a situation where even though news organizations know this guy is gay, they can't report it because he hasn't said so on twitter.
if we keep saying that being gay is genetic; ergo, it's no different than having blue eyes or blonde hair... than why are not allowed to mention it? why do we need anyone's consent to talk about their sexuality? are we not allowed to say someone has blue eyes until they post a fb message telling us they are in fact blue?
we've been so effective at convincing everyone that outing people is a crime against humanity, that we've made it impossible for any network or news organization to talk about this "hypothetical" gay republican congressman and his hypocritical vote against gay rights. they won't touch it for fear of retribution from GLAAD or HRC. (in fact when my friend's network interviewed said hypothetical republican, he talked about wanting to find a nice woman to marry... and the network aired it... knowing it was a lie...
so, forgive me if I don't subscribe to the notion that you're not allowed to out anyone... in fact in some cases, i'd celebrate it. but I'm crazy that way.”
While most would agree it is wrong to out a private citizen it is hard to disagree with Itay Hod’s assessment that the private lives of public figures are fair game, especially if said public figure has made a career out of voting against his own people. Representative Schock comes from a very conservative district, but it is reprehensible that any gay man would vote against the repeal of DOMA, against hate crime inclusion for the gay community, against the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and be in favor of a constitutional amendment that would forever ban gay marriage and essentially obliterate gay rights. It is hard not to also agree with Itay Hod that it is wrong of news outlets to let such closeted politicians get away with blatantly lying about their private lives. A journalist’s job is to gather and report on relevant facts and if someone seeks to impose antigay laws upon our country it seems very relevant if they are secretly gay.
The Republican congressman has long been the subject of gay rumors. He is well known for his flashy manner of dressing and once did a homoerotic photo shoot for Men’s Health. Inagist analyzed Schock’s Instagram account last week and noticed that one of the only 75 people he follows is none other than gay icon Tom Daley, who himself recently came out as bisexual and in a gay relationship with filmmaker Dustin Lance Black.
As of the writing of this article GOP Rep. Aaron Shock has not commented on Itay Hod’s post and none of the mainstream media has picked up on the story.
[UPDATE 1/4/2014 4:58 PM CST] Hod has since confirmed to Gawker that he left CBS two years ago. Any reference to Hod being a CBS anchor/reporter should read "former." This article always maintained that this report was based on a private Facebook post by Hod and in no way constituted an approved story released by CBS News.