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04/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rachel Maddow: I Cover Don't Ask Don't Tell, But Not Because I'm Gay

In Monday's Washington Post, Howard Kurtz examines Rachel Maddow's coverage of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the fine line between activist and cable news host.

Maddow, one of the only openly gay news anchors on TV, told Kurtz that while she can't help but share her opinion on the subject (she opposes the program), she doesn't see it as her role to call people to action against it.

"I was an activist before I went into the media," she said. "It is useful for me to tell my opinion on some things I cover. But I'm not trying to get people to march in the streets or call their congressmen. I don't believe that's my role."

She added, "For me it's a question of whether you're doing advocacy journalism or not. It's not activism -- you see a lot of that at Fox, using news coverage to inspire political participation."

A Fox News spokesperson shot back, telling Kurtz, "These feelings that she experienced about Fox News didn't stop her from applying for a job here."

Maddow and executive producer Bill Wolff also said that she doesn't cover Don't Ask, Don't Tell because she herself is gay but rather because it is "a great story."

"I don't think it's personal so much because she is gay and it's an issue of gay rights, but because it's an issue of military efficiency," Wolff said.

"We don't really treat gay issues differently than other issues," Maddow said. "I can't do the show as a non-gay person. I don't have that option."

Read the full article here.

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