[Marxism] Washington Babylon Podcast- Episode 14: Gareth Porter

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 09:55:08 MDT 2019

> On Jul 4, 2019, at 9:56 AM, Andrew Stewart via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> https://www.blubrry.com/washdcbabylonpodcast/45284951/episode-14-gareth-porter/ <https://www.blubrry.com/washdcbabylonpodcast/45284951/episode-14-gareth-porter/>

A new low for Washington Babylon and Ken Silverstein: giving a platform to Assad-apologist Gareth Porter. Elliott Higgins has dealt with Porter’s crimes against journalism here:

"Gareth Porter’s article relies heavily on ignoring the tests by the OPCW that detected Sarin in samples from both the impact site, and the indications of Sarin use from biological samples taken from victims. Porter relies on the usual chemical weapon truther claims that these results were from samples being tampered with in someway, without presenting any actual evidence it took place. Porter does not address a key piece of evidence, that chemical tests by the OPCW show that not only Sarin was used, but it had marker chemicals that linked it to the chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian government. It also ignores that objects recovered from the Khan Sheikhoun craters matched filling caps from Syrian airdropped chemical bombs:

"'According to information obtained by the Mechanism, the filler cap, with two closure plugs, is uniquely consistent with Syrian chemical aerial bombs. The Mechanism was provided with an assessment of the filler cap and with chemical analysis showing sarin and a reaction product of sarin with hexamine that can only be formed under very high heat. Information was also received that additional metal fragments collected from the crater may possibly correspond to parts of Syrian aerial chemical munitions.'

"Neither Porter nor Wilkie addresses these issues, which clearly debunks those claims of Porter’s that Wilkie cites."


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