Sometimes stories about the media leave you feeling grubby, and none more than the nasty tale behind this piece in the Sunday Herald Sun last Sunday, in which Channel Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener outed himself as gay.

It was a strange and oddly stilted piece – mainly a soft profile hung on Hitchener’s tenth anniversary as weeknight news presenter, with the “outing” contained three quarters from the top. There was a news page pointer that focussed on the one paragraph gay revelation. Why would Hitchener choose this moment? What could have motivated the paper, not known for its discretion, to do it in this way? Andrew Bolt congratulated the editor and reporter on their sensitivity.