I wrote yesterday about the Russian Propaganda Channel "Russia Today", and made reference to their British presenters who to me seem willing to peddle any story or tale the Russian government wants put to the world without offering any balance or insight in to the whole picture.
So who is Leah Ferguson ? Well she is one of Russia Today's senior reporters. She is also British, and she seems to me to be willing to turn a blind eye to news in order to tell a tale that the political masters in the Kremlin must be absolutely loving.
Yesterday the implication of her reports on Russia Today was that the Georgians were still on the attack in South Ossetia and that the "genocide" as Russia Today likes to call it was all the fault of Georgia. Russia today made great efforts to stress the honourable way in which Russia had handled its response to Georgia.
So will we see Leah Ferguson reporting on South Ossetian forces in Georgia and South Ossetia operating a scorched earth policy by burning Georgian houses, stealing cars and food at gunpoint from Georgians, all with the "honourable" Russian Army watching and encouraging ? What do you think.
So why the reference to Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) ? I guess there are some similarities in why they are used in the roles both these "reporters" play. Joyce was used because of his voice, English accent and British passport whilst Ferguson, it appears to me, is also used in the same way. Are we to believe Russia today employ Ferguson (and other British journalists too) for the simple reason that they are the very best in the world or because they know that having a British voice gives credibility to the Russian version of the news in a way that having just Russian voices would never do.
Did some people believe Lord Haw Haw because he wasn't German ? I am sure some did. Will some believe Russia Today's one sided half news because it is being given by a British journalist ?
Update : Russia Today just described Russian troops actions in the Georgian town of Gori (where people are being robbed, houses are being burnt and Georgian proprty is being destroyed) as a "humanitarian mission". How on earth can the many British journalists who work for RT sleep at night ?