Journalist Outs a Gay Congressman

aaron schock[Blind Gossip] If you write a blind item that doesn’t name names, but does includes pictures, is it still a blind item?

A journalist named Itay Hod – who used to work for CBS News – went crazy on Facebook a couple of days ago, writing a blind item that called out a certain Republican Congressman for being gay:

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?

by the way… not sure why… but had a sudden urge to share this.

… and at the end of his post, Hod shared a link to an Americablog.com piece entitled “The 7 gayest Aaron Schock Instagram posts of 2013.”

Oh boy. What a mess.

According to AmericaBlog.com:

  • Schock voted against adding sexual orientation to the already-existing hate crimes law.
  • Schock opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • Schock opposes the repeal of DOMA.
  • Schock is against gay marriage; and
  • Schock is for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would add language to the US Constitution banning gay marriage and likely striking down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country.

By the way, Aaron Schock has always claimed that he is straight.

We don’t know which is more controversial: The questionable journalistic standards exhibited by Hod? Or the hypocrisy of a self-loathing gay politician who destroys all gay-related legislation that crosses his path?

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49 comments to Journalist Outs a Gay Congressman

  • stolidog

    “Republican” and “gay” just don’t belong in the same sentence. Talk about being a patsy, they don’t even like you, but you pretend to be like them just to be accepted. Sad really.
    That said, if you’re going to fake your life away to be accepted, you are going to have to vote the way your constituents voted for you to vote. It can’t be the most fullfilling of lives.
    But, really, if someone perceives that their livelyhood is dependant on keeping something a secret, I don’t think outside forces should reveal that secret.
    Now, whether someone’s livelyhood truly is dependant on keeping that secret is a topic for another day.

    • wendy hood

      Discussing people in terms of groups and in terms of individuals are completely different things. The entire groupthink SYSTEM is bunk. Oh, I can be this, but not feel this way about something because of my predetermined position, is complete bunk.

      To be clear, this life is about balance. The very world is about balance. Same sex relationships face LARGE imbalances from the get, which is why so many of them don’t shout out to the world that they have decided to mate with the same set of hormonal balances that he/she possesses. It is imbalanced from the get. That is where the imbalanced STD statistics come from, the transgender misery stems from the pain from being born the wrong sex, the females/males influenced to coexist within same sex relationships at young ages when they are actually straight.

      I know a gay immigrant Cuban who is infuriated by people that come to America and want to impress their culture or their sexuality in the country he got the privilege of entry into. It doesn’t matter much; 3rd generations of any culture that comes to America become lazy and complacent, unfortunately. I myself am a female with a mind of a white American male born into the 1920s, which is not an easy place to find oneself in. No support group, but whatevs.

      • NYCAccountant

        Thank you, Wendy. Demanding that Mr. Schock follow the Democratic platform because he could be gay is like demanding that all Blacks vote Democratic. That is a dictatorship and not democracy.

    • mugofmead111

      Re: “That said, if you’re going to fake your life away to be accepted, you are going to have to vote the way your constituents voted for you to vote. It can’t be the most fullfilling of lives.”

      That’s why I’m not really supporting the outing of this politician despite the fact that he votes against legislation that would benefit gay citizens. However, if he were support legislation that said that gays should be put to death, or involuntarily committed, or something else so outrageous that is a life-or-death situation, THEN I might say, “Out him!”

  • Cranny

    Who else could it be but Aaron Schock.

    Sad that Aaron Schock seems to go out of his way to slam down gay’s rights.

  • robirob052

    I fully support outing closet cases who go out of their way to hurt the Gay Community in any way or form. And I also fully support the outing of hypocrites who lecture other people how to live and think and then do the exact opposite in private and maybe even mock their very audience for being so gullible.

  • Ginger

    I think outing him is more controversial.

  • kelno19

    Both. Sounds like Hod has an axe to grind &, if true, Schock has a lot of questions to answer.

  • sassy702

    Hypocrisy at its finest! Its one thing to not feel comfortable in your own skin,(for whatever reasons), its quite another to publicly admonish people who are brave enough in their own skin. If you don’t think the GOP will support you and your views, switch sides! I guess its more acceptable to be gay than a democrat! lol

  • Coffee_Not_Tea

    Is is any different than outing Clinton as a carnivore when he claims to be vegan? Or chastising Al Gore for using a private plane?

    People who claim to be one thing, but are actually another deserve exposure as hypocrites.

    • haddasah4

      But is there actual hypocrisy here?

      He never said that being gay or same-sex relationships are wrong, sinful, punishable, etc… (if he did, THAT would be hypocritical)…Rather he doesn’t support/vote legislation for same-sex marriage.

      Let’s put it this way: Can I be a woman and not support a law for universal health care coverage for reproductive issues? Or any other policies that are in the “women’s interest”?

      For the record, I am 100% in support of gay marriage, and I think this guy is not being honest with himself… But I am just challenging here because I think being gay and politically supporting gay rights are not one-in-the same (despite a clear overlap).

      • CoCoJoe

        I agree, Haddasah4.

      • Coffee_Not_Tea

        Did you even read the blind? First of all, he straight up lied and said he was straight. Now whatever his reasons, when you are a public figure and you don’t tell the truth about yourself, you are setting yourself up for exposure as a hypocrite.

        Most importantly, his voting record hurting gays goes far beyond opposing gay marriage. He voted against equality in our military service and would support an amendment stripping gays od equal protection laws. THIS goes beyond simply lying about yourself. It’s as disgusting as Jesse Helms championing segregation but having a secret black family.

    • What Had Happened Was ...

      It is absolutely different. For example, neither Clinton nor Gore had records of opposing or obstructing legislation that would’ve benefited the vegan or environmental communities.

  • hideyourfires

    Outing someone when it puts them in harm’s way (a hostile family, or a culture which punishes homosexuality) is dangerous. Outing someone who spews anti-gay vitriol while being gay himself is just karma.

  • MikeInSanJose

    Aaron’s cock?

    I mean “SCHOCK”?

  • mostlylurker

    Im against outting however if a politician works against gay rights and is himself/herself gay, then I think its appropriate from a news standpoint to document that.

  • TeacherKat

    But Sassy, politics encompasses much more than specific social issues. I’m not going to judge the guy (I don’t know his set of circumstances), but outing people should not be done in my opinion (and this goes for everyone). It’s a personal choice that, despite all the good it can do for others, is a PERSONAL choice.

    • redstilettos

      Agree. Some people want to claim he hurt the gay agenda. Did he? I don’t keep up with him so I don’t know. Politics is not a lock-step system. There are people who lean conservative on social issues but lean liberal fiscally and visa versa.

    • sassy702

      I don’t think it is okay to out anyone. In any circumstance, each person’s journey is their own. That being said, I think it is appalling to limit the rights of people who mirror the same behaviors you do behind closed doors and stand for taking away their equality. In my school of thought you should stand for what you believe in, not just what’s popular, YES EVEN IN POLITICS. If you live a double life, be prepared to get caught because that is what will happen. People will lie to get their way, when you live your life as a lie you make it that much easier on them.

  • 2BEAUCOUP

    You only out murderers unless you’re a priest and you let them slide.
    Leave people alone about their core life.

  • Cat

    Who cares? This is so 1995. He likes guys, but doesn’t believe in changing the status quo. So what? Attacks against him are just another example of Lib-Nazis pushing their agenda. Either you agree with them or they hurt you. That is the way little children behave.

    • jonesing

      This isn’t one’s neighbor that goes to work in an office/factory and minds his/her own business. This is someone who pushes public policy to hurt the rights of over 10% of the population.

    • wendy hood

      That is the point. We are reduced to squabbling children.

    • chandler02

      Got some edits for you.
      “He likes guys, but doesn’t believe in changing the status quo” should be edited to read “He likes guys, but doesn’t believe in giving all Americans equal rights under the law. He doesn’t believe in civil rights” …

      And “Either you agree with them or they hurt you.” should read, “Either America continues to evolve to a more perfect union with equality for all …or people CONTINUE to be hurt by the current laws as they are.”

    • ImVioletsMama

      I agree with Cat. I don’t understand why people assume that gays MUST be on board with the gay rights movement. They have minds of their own and may just have reasons of their own for what they believe politically or socially. I also would never consider such thinking “self-loathing,” either. Social and political issues are almost never black and white. This one is just its own shade of gay gray.

  • scumby

    So what? Apparently he is voting the way the people who elected him wants him to.

  • LeahLynn28

    Wow,what an idiot…he’s a hipocrite.The republicans are weird…they are against gays,but some of them are closeted gays.I don’t know how they can be gays and attack gays at the same time.No wonder the republicans are always fighting with each other…
    They claim to be conservative,but they cheat on wives/husbands,are closeted gays and fake perfect lives to the public when they are actually lying.Go figure…

  • robirob052

    So, these so called Lib-Nazis are supposed to do what, stand still and take all the bullying from all those closeted hypocrites? African Americans dared to change the status quo and now have the right to marry white people and I do not believe these brave African Americans, like Rosa Parks, were childish for demanding equal rights. But hey, when gay people dare to speak up … oh boy!

    And regarding ‘status quo’. To me whenever I hear or read the term status quo I see it as a lifesaver for certain people’s need to remain superior over others.

    • 2BEAUCOUP

      the LIBs are the BULLIES
      think Alec Baldwin as the perfect example.

      • robirob052

        Alec Baldwin clearly has anger management issues. If you consider him a perfect example as a victim of bullying … oh boy!

      • chandler02

        I can’t believe Fox News peddles the idea that the libs are the whiners. Clearly they haven’t read comments like 2Beaucoup, to whom equality for all Americans is equal to some kind of personal insult or attack.

      • Samie

        Alec Baldwin is an actor, not a legislator. He has a vile temper, but he doesn’t have any power to control the fate of millions.

        His politics are utterly irrelevant to this conversation, as is he.

        When hypocrites have sought positions of power and then aren’t even discrete, they’re either deeply in denial and/or want to have their hypocrisy exposed to relieve their guilt by being forced to face what they’re doing.

        If this is Aaron Schock, the point is not to judge him as an inferior being nor condemn him for either his attraction to men nor even for his hypocrisy as a legislator.

        But his voters have the right to know to whom they’re giving their power. He’s a public figure who has chosen to conduct his sexual behavior in public, like at gay bars where TMZ cameras are recording. So a part of him really wants this fact about him to be known and on-record.

  • slantrhyme

    I wouldn’t out a private citizen in a public forum. But he’s not a private citizen; he’s an elected official. ALL elected officials should be called out for their hypocrisy, especially when (unlike, say, Clinton’s carnivorous habits) it hurts the very people they’ve been elected to serve.

  • NICKI LOVE

    lol his last name made me giggle

  • Columbus

    I don’t usually condone outing someone but I draw the line at hypocritical politicians who are themselves gay while continually voting to deny others their basic civil rights.

  • MademoiselleRose

    I am 100% against people being outed as gay, whether politicians or private people as I can’t get past it that I believe people have the right to keep that private. I don’t think anyone else, even if they are as close as family, has the right to make that choice for them. It is 100% their choice whether to or not.

    As far as a politician is concerned, I concede there are extra things to think about because they do represent the public, but I still believe they have the right to act in a manner that suits their conscience. No matter who the politician is, gay or straight, they bring their own life experience to their role and this is just another facet. I don’t think because you are a politician you have to “give up” your own private self in every aspect to the public.

  • channel orange

    The most shocking thing to me is the hideous grammar employed in that journalist’s post.

  • Lisa

    There is such a thing as Gay Conservatives, believe it or not. They are called Log Cabin Republicans.

  • ccrider

    Well let’s out Hillary, too and all of Hollywood. Talk about living lies…..

  • belaine

    Why do we have to constantly point differences out? That’s what makes the human experience! If we all stop caring about inconsequential stuff like someone’s skin color or sexual preference and enjoy each other as members of a community, we’d definitely be happier. I swear I’m not a hippy.

  • Stinkweed

    This is old news. A DC source made this news years ago. No one in politics or who follows them will find Hod’s statement that shocking.

    http://wonkette.com/446362/trusted-d-c-source-says-gop-congressman-aaron-schock-is-gay

  • newsjunkie

    mug, you made a great point about voting for what the people you represent want. However, as a gay man myself, I could never take any job where people would expect me to oppress my own people in my day to day duties-I have a conscience.Also, maybe he is voting this way to simply throw people off so that they don’t think he’s gay just to keep the powerful job that he has, and uses the people of Illinois as his excuse to vote the way he does?
    Outing someone just for the heck of it,like the BI here of the “politico that found a beard” proves or gains nothing, and I don’t support outing for the sport of it like that BI did. But someone being a hypocrite and oppressing their own people, I support it.

  • mizzavrid

    My basic opinion is that outing people is wrong. They should have the right to do that on their own terms. But in this case, NO! This Schock is a F–KER HYPOCRITE, and a public figure. Can’t stand that, no matter.

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