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Day 16: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi – 2 minutes, 7 seconds

During day 16 of NBC’s Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 2 minutes, 7 seconds of airtime to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law. 

TIME DEDICATED ON FRIDAY: 2 minutes, 7 seconds
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 1 hour, 51 minutes, 42 seconds 

NBC

XXII Winter Olympics
Bob Costas interviews Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski about their experiences in Sochi during the Games.        
1:19:54 AM – 1:21:23 AM EST – 1 minute, 17 seconds
Click here to watch the segment on NBCOlympics.com

XXII Winter Olympics
Bob Costas talks about “Putin’s games” and the political implications of that.
8:20:02 PM – 8:20:52 AM EST – 50 seconds
Transcript:
“While in many significant ways Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, theirs is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list. The Sochi Games are Vladimir Putin’s Games from their inception to their conclusion and all points in between. And if they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some quarters, it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal – hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is – can put out the fires in Kiev.” 

HRC will be monitoring NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the five official Olympics networks - NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and NBC Sports – and we will track reporting on the anti-LGBT situation in Russia. For the full 17 day run of the Sochi Games, HRC will track Olympic programming around the clock and provide daily reports on the time they devote to covering the host country’s recently-passed “propaganda” law. 

Check back tomorrow at HRC.org/Russia to see how much time NBC devotes to the issue.  We’ll continue tracking and updating as more data becomes available.  Think we’ve missed something?  Let us know in a comment below.

Methodology: Through media tracking software and a team of analysts, HRC will be monitoring NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the five official Olympics networks - NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and NBC Sports – and we will track reporting on the anti-LGBT situation in Russia. Because Olympic events will air sporadically throughout the 17 day run of the Sochi Games, HRC will track all programming 24 hours a day and provide daily reports on the time devoted to covering the host country’s recently-passed “propaganda” law and the current situation for LGBT Russians. If you think we’ve missed a piece of coverage, please let us know in the comments below.  For more information on Russia and learn what you can do, visit HRC.org/Russia.

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