It all started in England, where the Guardian published a short profile of news hipster Rachel Maddow. In it, the paper asked, "Does she feel frustration towards an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out?" She replied diplomatically:
"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 also confides that "the thought that she inspires pride in the gay community 'gives me joy.'" All this inspired Business Insider to run a rather combative news item with the headline "Maddow to Cooper: 'You Have An Obligation To Come Out' Of The Closet." But while it's clear that the paper had Anderson Cooper in mind as the well-known news anchor widely assumed to be gay, Maddow never explicitly said anything about Cooper leaving his black-t-shirt-filled closet, and she took to her blog to make that clear:
In that interview, I wasn't asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn't say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all — even implicitly. … Media-about-media today notwithstanding, I did not in my interview with the Guardian say anything about or to Mr. Cooper, nor would I. Although criticism of Mr. Cooper was intimated by The Guardian and picked up everywhere — I did not make that criticism in the interview, nor did I imply it, nor is it what I believe.
So there you have it — Rachel Maddow will not be blamed for outing Anderson Cooper, no matter how hard you try.