Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the hosts of the popular cable show Fixer Upper but now they're in hot water because they refused to divulge to a probing reporter their personal beliefs on same-sex relationships. As a result, the "reporter" dug up old sermons delivered by their pastor and reported his views. This is a non story about a celebrity couple's non views. The danger here is when media flirt with gossip and report suspicions they lose credibility and subscribers. The media should reject becoming a conduit of malicious news. They should respect private political religious beliefs of celebrities. Neglecting these truths frays an already delicate political fabric of a free people—a freedom the media plays an important role in maintaining.