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Day 3: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi – 13 minutes, 52 seconds

During day 3 of NBC’s Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 13 minutes, 52 seconds of airtime on Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.

TIME DEDICATED ON SATURDAY:  13 minutes, 52 seconds
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 58 minutes, 6 seconds

MSNBC

Melissa Harris-Perry
Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel talk about how Russia won the games, the geopolitical significance of Sochi and protests of Russia’s anti-gay policies.
Air Time: 10:30:00amEST to 10:38:30am EST – 8 minutes, 30 seconds
Click here to watch the segment on the MSNBC website.

Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel talk about how America is sending a message through sending people like Brian Boitano to Sochi.
Air Time: 10:40:26amEST – 10:45:48amEST – 5 minutes, 22 seconds
Click here to watch the segment on the MSNBC website.

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 content originally aired that is 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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