How Ed Koch Handles Journalists Asking That Question


On last night’s Wise Guys segment on Inside City Hall, the subject was the personal lives of politicians. Former mayor Ed Koch told NY1’s Dominic Carter that when reporters ask him personal questions, he asks them if they have ever committed a ”certain sexual act.” Because it is a family show, Koch declined to mention the act. Perhaps his interview with Time Out New York’s Alison Rosen last August offers a clue as to his methodology:

TONY: Are you gay?

Koch: When was the last time you performed oral sex on your boyfriend?

TONY: Well I’m single now so it was a long time ago.

Koch: See, I don’t think you should answer that question. It’s an improper question, and so is yours. My sexual orientation is none of your business and whether or not you performed oral sex on your boyfriend is none of my business.

Also on the program, Air America President Mark Green, reacting to Newsday columnist Raymond J. Keating’s column about the public’s right to know about the private lives of their politicians, argued that maybe his readers have a right to know about his private life. ”Mr. Keating probably has more influence than a Councilman in Long Island where Newsday dominates.”

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