Two things immediately bother me about this article…
“I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter
It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed, or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”
I appreciate and agree with Anderson Cooper’s first statement. People should have the right to keep their personal life personal and the public should be able to respect that. It is interesting though that if Mr.Cooper is so concerned about omitted information about his personal life causing people to assume he is uncomfortable or ashamed, why is his sexual orientation the only personal information subject to exposure? Isn’t it as easy to make the same assumptions about religion and politics (the other examples he mentioned)? And yet there seems to be no urgent need to relieve the public of their assumptions regarding those two issues.
The second thing is more annoying to me than bothersome, it just strikes me as odd that if this were a women we were talking about it, you would run the risk of being considered sexist for mentioning how hot she is as much as her actual ability/talent in her given field.
Frankly, if it were me I wouldn’t appreciate having my looks and sexual preference out-shine my abilities as a journalist.