MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has called out critics who attacked her because she is gay.

The openly lesbian host of The Rachel Maddow Show was unhappy about's assertion that she did not report the facts in a recent story about the Wisconsin crisis on labor unions.

The media watchdog claimed that Maddow had told viewers that Wisconsin was not facing a deficit and called her reporting “false,” a claim she has denied. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

On the Internet the story attracted an anti-gay nuance.

Rachel Maddow is wrong and she looks like a man,” one message said on Twitter.

Rachel Maddow is wrong and also gay,” another tweet said.

You know just because you don't like the way it sounds when I say it or you don't like my haircut or you don't like that I'm gay, it does not mean that what we say is not true,” Maddow told her audience.

If you squint a little bit, it is true I do sometimes look like a dude, and I am definitely gay,” she added.