American Reporter Hijacks Russian Television in Gay Rights Protest

The first rule of cable news is that the most interesting thing is always the unexpected thing.

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The first rule of cable news is that the most interesting thing is always the unexpected thing.

This is why for a decade the most captivating cable host has been Shepard Smith, who often takes just about any report on any topic in a surprising and often delightful direction. (If you want to get a sense of his genius, just take a look at the index of “Daily Shep” that Politico has compiled.) It is why the most interesting moment two weeks ago on MSNBC was when New Republic reporter Julia Ioffe refused to back down in the face of Lawrence O’Donnell’s outrage on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show. (Her written piece explaining the experience was pretty good too.) It is why the best cable moment of the year so far was Chris Hayes straight-faced takedown of conservative outrage over black violence about a month ago.

But on Wednesday, Hayes got competition for his crown. American reporter and pundit Jamie Kirchick did the cable news medium proud by ambushing a conversation about Bradley Manning on RT, the cable channel funded by the Russian government, to attack Russian President Vladamir Putin over his government’s anti-gay policies. Truly. Great. Cable. Television.

“Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m gonna wear my gay pride suspenders, and I’m gonna speak out against the horrific anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law, that was passed by the Russian Duma, that criminalizes homosexual propaganda [and] that effectively makes it illegal to talk about homosexuality in public,” he said, among other things.

After the appearance, Kirchick tweeted that RT tried to get a taxi company to drop him off on the side of a highway in Sweden. “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,” he wrote.

RT’s own Twitter feed had no comment on the Kirchick protest.

(H/T to the Washington Free Beacon for uploading the video.)

15 comments
StarJonestown
StarJonestown

Re "Truly. Great. Cable. Television."  ...  While it was moderately fun, the hyperbole here is out of control.  He was rude to them.  They were flummoxed.  

Smug scolding doesn't do much, and he was thousands of miles away.  This was like a political version of Captain Jenks.  

I support his views, but this post about it is a giant exaggeration.  

united_we_stand
united_we_stand

Good to see our own msm has an eye on russia today. Unlike our own media RT is not afraid to tell the truth. Who cares that they were ambushed to promote western propaganda? Is this a chest beating moment for the imperialists who demand to design the education systems of all countries?

NicoleBonnet1
NicoleBonnet1

Why on earth are the first two paragraphs of this "article" about Shepard Smith??? Do they not teach journalism anymore? No J schools left in the US?


Iarnsaxa
Iarnsaxa

He's only pouring gasoline on the fire. When idiots pull things like this, it is very difficult to convince people that an LGBT movement isn't just hysterical conspiracy from the West. It's this sort of senselessness on behalf of "helpful" foreigners that can bulldoze the tireless work of Russian civic organizations. I can just hear the reactions of Russian-speaking viewers :-(

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

While we're all being honest here:

1) That reporter will never, ever be allowed to speak on a Russian media station again.

2) If that reporter ever grows the balls to actually go to Russia, he will be 'detained,' and thrown in the gulag with other dissidents.

3) The network that employees that reporter will be banned from the Russian airwaves and airspace.

4) Putin does not give two sh*its about what some pansy-boy American reporter has to say about gay rights.

5) Putin would kick that reporter's ass in under a minute.

6) That reporter's statement will have zero effect on Russia's staunch position against gays.

CocoPazzo
CocoPazzo

 Who does Kirchick write for?  The article only identifies him as "American reporter and pundit."   And where was he?  Looked like he was in the tropics!

   As for RT, I am very surprised someone in the control room didn't turn off his microphone when it was clear he was simply railing against Putin and Russia's policies towards gays.

lacoliseumcto
lacoliseumcto

funny if you watch RT they are pretty liberal about most topics.  I don't think this guy watches to much RT. I would have been impressed if he went on a station broadcast in Russia.  

TheDisclosure
TheDisclosure

RT is my primary news source...

except for what's going on in Russia

SpikeLee
SpikeLee

It's a shame that Jamie Kirchick allows his racism, sexism, and warmongering to affect his punditry.  Like Michael Grunwald, he only speaks truth to power when it helps him.  It's a shame because he's good at it, both in support of homosexual rights and running down Ron and Rand Paul.

tommyudo
tommyudo

Kudos to Mr. Kirchick. "Speaking truth to power" - clearly an alien concept to the "both sides do it " stenographers at TIME and the rest of the feckless MSM.

JacobHopkins
JacobHopkins

@NicoleBonnet1 It's SEO rank building, and a terrible job of it at that. Any time there's seemingly arbitrary text with links in it, the goal is to improve search ranking for both the page hosting the links and the pages the links go to. This kind of seemingly logical cross-linking makes search engines think these pages are more relevant and thus ranks them higher.

JacobHopkins
JacobHopkins

@mrbomb13 Thank goodness there's always someone like you try the will of better people. None of these things matter in the face of what is right and just.

SpikeLee
SpikeLee

@lacoliseumcto If Michael Scherer were an actual journalist, he would have pointed out that RT is an international cable channel, and not a Russian domestic cable channel.  This is about as courageous as calling out the NSA on CNN International from a broadcast based in Iceland.


Then again, what do I expect from a guy who trusts information from Politico and the Free Beacon?  What, didn't the John Birch Society have an opinion on this piece?