While we’re on the subject of gay rumors and politicians, Condoleezza Rice’s alleged lesbianism made the front page of the National Enquirer. The Secretary of State’s head floats amidst the headline, “Who’s Gay and Who’s Not?”.
While such rumors are nothing new, UK’s The Times seems to think the Rice rumors are more divisive than Jerusalem. This excerpt’s best read with a mournful British accent:
It should have been Condoleezza Riceâ€™s finest hour as US secretary of state: at last President George W Bush was hosting a Middle East peace conference that she had been struggling to organize for months.
Yet when Riceâ€™s photograph appeared on the front page of Americaâ€™s bestselling weekly newspaper last week, it had nothing to do with her peacemaking efforts. She had been dragged into a National Enquirer article headlined â€œWhoâ€™s Gay and Whoâ€™s Notâ€.
The article revived long-standing Washington gossip about Riceâ€™s sexuality and sparked off the usual flurry of internet chatter about her high-profile role in a Republican administration widely regarded as hostile to gays.
It also underlined the increasing friction in American politics between a high-minded media establishment disdainful of bedroom gossip and the no-holds-barred, consumer-driven world of instant internet scandal. A Google search of the words â€œCondoleezzaâ€ and â€œlesbianâ€ last week yielded 146,000 hits.
Whoa, people are really into what Rice does with her vagina, huh?
Journalist Tony Allen-Mills then jumps into a brief analysis of what some call the US’ “corrupted journalistic standards”. He lingers a bit on Rudy Giuliani’s adulterous past and another alleged lesbian, Hillary Clinton, before swooping back in on Rice and her rumored relationship with Randy Bean. Bean’s no doubt quite offended.
Sure, covering the sex lives of our statesmen and women may not be the highest form of journalism, but if it gives occasion to use a picture like this one – well, it’s all worth it.