- The Washington Times - Friday, June 27, 2014

A panel on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” sat in stunned silence Friday when a co-host seemingly “outed” Apple CEO Tim Cook as gay.

“Oh, dear, was that an error?” said Simon Hobbs after seeing fellow panelists cringe at his previous contribution to the discussion: “Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact he’s gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?”

At the time of the incident, New York Times columnist James R. Stewart was discussing the difficulty he had for an upcoming piece on John Browne, the former CEO of BP, Mediaite reported. Mr. Stewart solicited many gay CEOs for the piece but said “not one would allow to be named at all.”

In response to the slip by Mr. Hobbs, Mr. Stewart shook his head, saying, “I don’t want to comment about anybody who might or might not be. I’m not going to out anybody.”



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