Reporter booted from Russian TV for protesting anti-LGBT laws

“You have 24 hours a day to lie about America,” Jamie Kirchick said. “I am going to tell the truth with my two minutes." 

 

Audra Schroeder

Tech

Published Aug 21, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 8:34 am CDT

Reporter and columnist Jamie Kirchick was invited on Internet news channel RT this morning to discuss the then-pending sentencing of Bradley Manning. RT is the Russian-funded English-language video channel, and he was appearing live via satellite from Stockholm.

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Instead, Kirchick took his allotted two minutes of airtime and denounced Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. He sported “gay pride” suspenders and took the network to task for not talking about President Vladimir Putin’s “horrific anti-gay legislation,” which has essentially become government-sponsored homophobia.

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As the newscasters attempted to lasso him back into the Manning discussion, he said, “RT has been Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden 24-7. I haven’t seen anything on your network about the anti-gay laws that have been passed in Russia.

“You have 24 hours a day to lie about America,” he added. “I am going to tell the truth with my two minutes.”

He then disappeared from the split screen.

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His tweet before his appearance was telling. After his appearance, it looks like RT tried sending its own message:

True fact: @RT_com just called taxi company that took me to studio to drop me off on the side of the highway on way to Stockholm airport

— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) August 21, 2013

Screengrab via Washington Free Beacon/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2013, 2:08 pm CDT