In a post that went live a short while ago, Eliot Higgins, aka Brown Moses, distances himself from the references to his work by Russia Today, the state-run English-language station that broadcasts material that reliably appears calibrated to be friendly to Kremlin views in formats that resemble news. The quarrel? In short, Russia Today misrepresented Mr. Higgins’ recent work to appear to make him and it appear to support the exact opposite of what his analysis said. And Mr. Higgins wishes to restate his position.
The sum of it all is this:
Early yesterday morning I received an email pointing me to three videos that had been posted on LiveLeak, claiming to show the Syrian opposition group launching the August 21st sarin attack. I posted the videos on my blog, and highlighted the dubious nature of the videos. Having spent the last two years examining videos from the Syria conflict on a daily basis, these videos appear suspicious for a number of reasons I detail on my blog post, and are totally unverifiable.
This has not stopped Russia Today using the credibility of my blog to give credence to this videos. This is a transcript of their 10am BST broadcast
Thabang Motsei - ……Meanwhile a prominent Syrian blogger known as Black Moses has posted footage allegedly showing chemical weapons being used by rebels. Let’s get the details from our correspondent Paul Scott here in the studio. “ Paul Scott - The blogger is a staunch critic of Damascus and a staunch critic of President Bashar al Assad’s regime and in the past he has monitored all sorts of news sources and claims and counter claims emerging from the Syrian Civil War to use it as a stick to beat the Assad Government with and implicate Assad in all sorts of atrocities. But it is interesting now that he has posted a video on this blog that suggests that it actually could be the Syrian Opposition that had been using these chemical weapons. It represent a slight shift in focus from what the narrative that the blog has been taking in recent weeks. Thabang Motsei - So this Brown Moses that we were talking about what are experts saying where the rebels could have obtained these chemicals from.
It is healthy to question and to argue, within the bounds of civility. Twisting someone’s words into the opposite of what they say is something else. Advantage, Brown Moses.