News Outlets Falsely Report Buttigieg would be First Openly Gay Cabinet Member
President-elect Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he is nominating former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for Secretary of Transportation, leading media outlets to immediately begin falsely reporting that if confirmed, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor would be the first openly gay cabinet member.
In February, Trump named Richard Grenell acting director of national intelligence, a Cabinet position. This was the first time in American history that an openly gay person led the intelligence community.
It was reported in February by Queerty, an online magazine and newspaper covering LGBTQ news, that Grenell was the “first openly gay cabinet member in history.”
On Wednesday, Queerty reported Buttigieg as the first “out” Cabinet member.
Queerty is being called out online for the hypocrisy.
Pink News, a UK based LGBTQ-focused news outlet, is also being criticized for similar reporting.