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Gay Reporter Stuns Kremlin-Funded Network

He dons rainbow suspenders, blasts anti-gay laws

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 22, 2013 3:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An American reporter brought onto the state-funded Russia Today network to discuss Bradley Manning decided the chance to blast Russia's repressive anti-gay laws was too good to pass up. As cameras rolled, James Kirchick donned rainbow suspenders and said, "Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific, anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law," the Washington Free Beacon reports.

As hosts in the Stockholm studio tried to cut him off, he told them "RT has been Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden twenty-four-seven. I haven't seen anything on your network about the anti-gay laws that have been passed in Russia and the increasing climate of violence and hostility towards gay people. Where is the coverage of that?" Unsurprisingly, he soon disappeared from the broadcast. He later tweeted that the network had called the taxi company that took him to the studio and ordered it to dump him by the side of the highway on the way to the airport.

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