Outing and “Outrage”

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

There’s considerable debate among mainstream news orgs over how to write about Kirby Dick’s documentary “Outrage,” which identifies hypocrisy among politicos who vote against gay rights issues even though they themselves are closeted (or are allegedly closeted).

NPR trimmed its review of the movie because it mentioned the political figures in the movie, forcing the critic, Nathan Lee, to remove his name from the article. The news org says that it’s a policy not to out people. But on the Advocate.com, Michelle Garcia writes that there is a double standard, given that NPR has outed Queen Latifah even though mentions of her sexual orientation was limited to gossip sites.

Dick’s argument is that this is a matter of hypocrisy, not outing, as the politicos mentioned in the doc have a history of voting for things such as a ban on gay adoption and state ballot measures that restrict same-sex marriage.

San Francisco’s CBS 5 posted video on its debate over how to talk about those mentioned in the movie.

At the Daily Beast, Jason Bellini does a report on how the media have covered the documentary, and whether it gets it right.


More to come.

“NewsHour” Makeover: Jim Lehrer’s PBS staple will get a new format come fall.

No Go: White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Wanda Sykes’ joke about Rush Limbaugh and 9/11 was out of bounds, despite laughter in the room at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.

What Gibbs said: “I’ll give you my full answer if you’ll give me one second to do it. I don’t know how guests get booked. That’s a White House Correspondents Association thing. I think the President — I haven’t talked specifically with him, but my guess is, Jeff, that I think there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy. I think there’s no doubt that 9/11 is part of that.”

Time has a gem of a picture on its photo blog: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Ashton Kutcher.

Torture Talk: What does the new “Star Trek” say about torture?

On “Larry King Live,” former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he was waterboarded and that it was torture. “I’ll put it to you this way:  You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.”

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