First, a note: I've had some great conversations with friends since first publishing this on my blog at InterstateQ.com. I'm glad Columbia's mainstream press is covering this. So often, Mike Rogers' reporting goes unnoticed by traditional news outlets. This time, that isn't so. Any coverage is better than no coverage, yes, but cowardly journalism deserves to be called out. -M.C.
On Monday, Washington, D.C.-based blogger and activist Mike Rogers outed as gay South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. With a 100 percent rack record outing anti-gay, closeted politicians, Rogers' reporting can't be ignored.
Try telling that to NBC affiliate WIS 10 in Columbia, the Palmetto State's capital.
In a report by Jack Kuenzie (pictured right), Rogers' track record is ignored. His past reporting is absent from Kuenzie's account.
In the report, various websites reporting Rogers' claims were quickly flashed across the screen, including Rogers' BlogActive, Advocate, Towleroad, Huffington Post, On Top Magazine and Q-Notes [my employer] but failed to mention Rogers' site by name or the blogger himself.
Who got the precious airtime, you ask? Bauer aides and political activists aligned with him (and one, perhaps unbiased public policy professor, Dr. Robert Oldendick, from the University of South Carolina). At the end of his report, Kuenzie says a party activist told him the outing claims "are not bound by the truth" and should be "ignored by voters" and "ignored by the mainstream media."
Maybe if Kuenzie dealt more in matters of truth, and if his reporting were accurate and complete, Columbia's local NBC affiliate couldn't be accused of covering for its state's second-highest-ranking executive?
Just in case you'd like to politely ask Jack Kuenzie to file a more accurate and complete follow-up story, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross-posted at InterstateQ.com.