Adam Polaski

Gotcha Journalism Criminalizes Teacher's Gay Porn Past

Filed By Adam Polaski | November 30, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media
Tags: gay porn, Just Gone Gay, morality, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, schools

kevinhogan.jpgA Boston affiliate of Fox is working this week to villify a new English teacher at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in the Boston area. The teacher, Kevin Hogan, was hired earlier this year as the chair of the English department, and he works as the coach of the crew team. This week, Fox discovered that Hogan has performed in a number of gay adult films, including Just Gone Gay and Fetish World, under the name "Hytch Cawke." In a news cast from last night, they stirred up trouble for the teacher by questioning the school. Hogan is now on paid leave from the school while they deal with the fallout from the exposé.

The segment is one of the least responsible attempts at journalism I've seen in a while. In a single TV spot, the Fox reporter manages to catch Hogan off guard, pressure and embarrass him with leading questions, demonstrate that the positive academic reputation of the charter school is tainted by the gay porn revelation, and imply that school teachers really shouldn't be having sex.

This is "gotcha" journalism at its worst. Check out some of his questions for Hogan, who the reporter ambushed in a parking lot with photo stills from the films:

  • "I want to talk to you about your film career? You've starred in some pretty interesting movies."
  • "Does the school know that you're a porn star? Do the sudents know you've been in these movies? Come on, this is you. You know what we're talking about."
  • "Hytch Cawke - that's an interesting name, where'd you come up with that?"
  • "Do you really think it's appropriate to be working with kids?"

Later in the segment, he visit the school itself, and it looks like he just went toward the end of school and interviewed parents waiting to pick up their kids. One woman looks like she was interrupted for an interview during the middle of a phone call. "As a parent, does it bother you, that this guy's doing this?," the reporter asked of the adults.

The parents were significantly less outraged than this reporter, who, like so many other closed-minded people with significant, conservative hang-ups about sex, is trying to police morality. That's messed up.

Hogan didn't film these movies while he was employed by the school, he's been called a great teacher, has excellent references, and has enjoyed good reviews from students. That should be what matters, and his private life or private history should not be involved. I'm pissed that Fox stirred up this story and potentially ruined this man's career. Having sex, filming sex, or starring in porn is not illegal.

See for yourself how disgusting this reporter is and how much he treats Hogan like a criminal, in the segment below:

Public high school teacher starred in porno movies released last year:

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