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Kirchick’s Stand on Russian Television

Jim Burroway

August 22nd, 2013

RT (Russia Today), a Kremlin-funded television “news” channel designed to sell Russia to the rest of the world, invited Jamie Kirchick to speak about the Bradley Manning sentencing. But noting that RT has already been talking non-stop about Bradley Maning for the 24 hours, Kirchick said it was time to change the subject for two minutes: “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 spoke to RT from a studio in Stockholm. The drama continued even after the camera switched off:

He has since said the taxi driver in the car he was in on his way to the airport in Sweden when the taxi driver received a phone call instructing him to drop Kirchick off at the side of the road.

“So about halfway down the highway on the way to the airport, my driver gets a phone call from his boss saying that the car ride has been cancelled and that he’ll have to drop me off on the side of the road,” he said.

“And I told him that I would pick up the tab. But at the end, actually, at the airport, he said that the ride was free, so maybe we have some anti-Putin activists in the Swedish taxi company.”



August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

OMG, that vid kicks ass. With the Russian News Anchor also coming out in Russia at the center of the controversy, the backlash is amazing.

Seems Putin is raising awareness to the children in Russia exponentially rather than his goal to hide it. Maybe at the end of the day, his move will be to our favor when the Russian people develop a heart for the pain inflicted on gay people. It may have taken an ice pick like this to get the ice block melting quicker. Could it be Putin had this planned all along for a positive result for gays? Hmmmm ……. yeh stretching, I know.


I have a smart phone and when I try to publish a comment, your site says “error posting your comment, your message may be too short” and it won’t complete, which means I can only comment from my desk top. Your sight is the only site that does this when using my phone’s Internet, though it didn’t do it a month ago. Are you getting any other comments about this? Thought you’d like to know. As always, love your site and the things you post.

Jim Burroway
August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

I had the same problem. I hope a new version of the mobile plugin addresses the problem. I really don’t know how to fix it otherwise.

Patricia Kayden
August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

Great cab driver. Didn’t know that RT was Kremlin-run.

August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

Be careful saying anything bad about RT. For some reason, liberals seem to love it and just ignore that it’s the Russian government’s mouthpiece.

August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

RT is very biased and at the same time they nail the head on many issues that American media ignores. They have A HUGE black eye with their anti-gay reporting on the “propaganda” law. After seeing the propaganda “news” from RT, I now listen more carefully to their news coverage to make sure I am not mislead. At the same time, I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. They are one of the only sources that rallies against global warming and the hypocrisy of big money.

Priya Lynn
August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

“Be careful saying anything bad about RT. For some reason, liberals seem to love it and just ignore that it’s the Russian government’s mouthpiece.”.


Priya Lynn
August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

Tony [Perkins?]
I don’t think it is the “liberals” that are in love with all things Russian these days. Do you even read this site?

August 22nd, 2013 | LINK

How in the world did rational thinking ever get tagged with the label “liberal”. Good fkng Lord.


It’s Tony Bezerkins. I mean, HELLO! ;)

August 23rd, 2013 | LINK


Perhaps it happened when many conservatives took the view that gay people are pedophiles, climate change doesn’t exist, and racism is dead in america.

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