USA Today Reporter Outs Himself As...a Democrat

In his weekly "The Final Word" column for USA Today, "Out of the closet...well, almost," features reporter Craig Wilson recalled in Wednesday's newspaper: "I once knew a gay youth who was bullied. Me." He soon, however, pivoted to "when I came out to my parents, they were not surprised." But, "the real trouble came when I told my mother I had become a Democrat."

Wilson recounted in his November 10 "Life" section column:

My dad was still alive and sitting in the living room.

She just stared at me for a moment. "Please don't tell your father this," she said. "It'll kill him."

And so I lived the life of a closeted Democrat and Dad lived for several more years.

He never asked, and I never told.

- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.