WATCH: Reporter hijacks Russian TV panel, slams Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws

James Kirchick was booked on a Russia Today panel to talk about Bradley Manning, but the 30 year-old reporter and columnist had other plans, immediately hijacking the discussion to talk about Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws.

When the RT host turned to Kirchick for his commentary, he began to pull up a pair of rainbow suspenders and then launched into a ferocious critique of the “Kremlin-funded propaganda network” and the “horrific anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law,” which was passed unanimously by the Russian legislature.

After realizing that their guest had gone rogue, the host tried to bring Kirchick back on topic. “I’m not really interested in talking about Bradley Manning. I’m interested in talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in Russia right now,” Kirchick replied.

“We’re not going to be silent in the face of this horrific repression that is perpetrated by your Russian pay masters — by Vladimir Putin,” he added.

Russia Today has been widely criticized in certain circles for being nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Putin government. Coverage from the network regarding the conflict in Syria has been overwhelmingly pro-Assad, along with their other foreign affairs reporting consistently bolstering Russia’s foreign policy positions.

In addition, their reporting on the developments surrounding Russia’s “anti-gay propaganda” laws, along with the controversy about gays competing in the Sochi Olympics, have been slammed by critics for presenting a false image that glosses over the dangers that gays face in Russia.

Watch James Kirchick’s segment on Russia Today in the video below.

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  1. matt higgins

    August 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Don’t the russian networks have a simple device called a mute button?

  2. Bob Cull

    August 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Ed Snowden, are you watching? This is the way you do it when you are actually standing on principle and not just PO’d because the guy in the White House isn’t white.

  3. Jim S

    August 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This guy better watch his back! I know he had a speech to make and he was right to be indignant about the repugnant law but he showed incredible disrespect for the people on the show trying to do their jobs. They were very patient with him.

    I don’t care for radical or rude positions on either side of an issue. He could have been more civil and achieved a better result. I’m sure those that support the heinous anti gay laws feel justified because he was such a jerk!

  4. Jim S

    August 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Totally agree with your comment to Snowden! Snowden is a traitor and suck up to the radical right. He needs to be back here and on trial for Treason! Manning got off easy but he didn’t do near the harm that Snowden has done. At one time, traitors were shot or hung….!! Maybe that’s why we havent had that many of them throughout our history. Maybe it’s time to set the example again!

  5. Linda Warren

    August 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Since Russia is and always has been communist-Putin is using the gays to divert attention from his dictatorship-the poor economy & etc-He has an agenda & since there’s few minorities he’s made gays his target

  6. Bob Cull

    August 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Russia is and always has been a totalitarian state, Linda. Several nations have claimed to be Communist but no one has ever instituted a truly Communist state, including the old Soviet Union. Simply putting a label on anything is not sufficient to make it what you have labeled it.

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