Earlier this week, BuzzFeed LGBT editor Saeed Jones fed the name of his boss, BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith, into a website called Gay or Straight and tweeted out the result:
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) December 31, 2013
The Daily Caller's Betsy Rothstein decided that this tweet was worth amplifying into an entire item about the question of whether Ben Smith (who is married to a woman and is the father of multiple children) is perceived to be gay:
The site muddies up its own results, saying, "The sexual orientation of Ben Smith is heterosexual/straight." Another sentence lumps in Smith with Hollywood celebrities: "However, the average gay-rating on gay-or-straight.com is 69%, which means Ben Smith is quite straight in comparison to other celebrities on this website."
Luckily, it's possible to compare Smith's results (at 61 percent gay as of this writing) to results for a figure who is not a Hollywood celebrity. How gay does Ben Smith seem to an arbitrary selection of voters on the Internet? Notably less gay than the Daily Caller's editor in chief, Tucker Carlson, who the site says "has been voted highly gay," at 74 percent.