MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has given an extensive interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, talking about growing up, coming out, and working in cable news. She also says flatly that–for high profile cable news hosts like herself–“if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out.”
Maddow, who says she grew up in a “very conservative, nasty little town” in California and came out while a student at Stanford, concedes the idea of inspiring pride in the gay community “gives me joy.” The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman then asks about “an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out,” asking if Maddow feels frustration for this “presenter” who goes unnamed in the article:
For the first time, Maddow pauses: “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.
Explaining the difference between MSNBC and Fox, Maddow tells the Guardian:
Of Fox News, she says simply “When it starts to seem like you have popped into bed with a specific party, it makes it difficult for people to believe you are not doing someone else’s bidding for them.”
At MSNBC, on the other hand, “there are people here who are identified as liberals, but there is no political agenda”.
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