Rooney went on to ask: "Is it ethically or morally wrong and abnormal behavior? It seems so to me, but I can't say why, and if a person can't say what he thinks, he probably doesn't have a thought. So I'll settle for thinking it's merely bad taste."
The bad taste is his.
The year-end special and letter to The Advocate are merely the latest public displays of homophobia on the part of the 70-year-old Rooney, who some years ago made absurd and inflammatory comments about gays before a gathering of the nation's television critics in Los Angeles. Those comments made headlines, too.
The point is that whatever Rooney's opinions on any topic, he is not the sort of person who hides what he thinks.
For the sake of argument, let's assume the worst-case scenario, that Rooney is indeed a rabid racist and gay basher. In more than three decades at CBS, including a dozen years with "60 Minutes," he would not have conveyed such evil biases to his colleagues and bosses? An off-color crack at the water cooler, a passing comment at lunch? Trading taco and watermelon jokes with Wallace?