Howell: WP should have mentioned that war hero was gay

Washington Post
Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. decided there was no proof that Army Maj. Alan G. Rogers was gay and no clear indication that, if he was, he wanted the information made public. “The Post was right to be cautious [in its story about Rogers' death in Baghdad], but there was enough evidence — particularly of Rogers’ feelings about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ — to warrant quoting his friends and adding that dimension to the story of his life,” writes Deborah Howell. “The story would have been richer for it.” || Related Washington Blade story and Andrew Sullivan comment. || More editor/ombud columns:
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