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General view of the Athletes village is seen on August 4, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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General view of the Athletes village is seen on August 4, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A reporter wrote about Olympic athletes approaching him on gay apps like Grindr and gave just enough details to ID them. But what are the media ethics of outing?

While Olympic athletes were going for gold in Rio, The Daily Beast was gay-baiting.

Last week, reporter Nico Hines wrote a story about how athletes hook up in the Olympic Village, but ended up focusing just on the gay athletes who contacted him on apps like Grindr.

Hines did not name names but gave just enough detail so their identities could be figured out.

The internet lashed out at the ethical lapse of The Daily Beast, which later retracted the story.

Take Two looks at the ethics of outing – and whether journalists should out anyone at all – with Ken Miguel, VP of broadcast at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

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