(VARIETY) — Larry Lessig, the Harvard Law School professor who is waging a bid for the Democratic nomination, is asking NBC stations for equal time after Hillary Clinton’s Oct. 3 appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
An attorney for Lessig’s campaign, Adam Bonin, sent a letter on Oct. 10 to 47 affiliates asking them for comparable time to that given to Clinton — three minutes and 12 seconds. That was the length of time that she appeared on “SNL,” when she appeared as Val, a bartender, trying to console Kate McKinnon, playing Hillary Clinton.
“‘Saturday Night Live’ is many things, but it is not a bona fide newscast, news interview, news documentary, or on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events such that it would be exempt from your equal time obligations under the law,” Bonin wrote.
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