By Keir Liddle
Rhys Morgan, plucky 17 year old skeptivist, has been getting a lot of attention of late but not all of it has been positive a YouTube channel recently appeared entitled “SKEPTICSExposed” which concentrates solely on Rhys and his efforts in debunking the activities of the Burzynski clinic.
One video is a master class in utterly irrelevant “whataboutery” which links Rhys exposing the Miracle Mineral Solution as harmful bleach with the fact that ethanol, which is as I’m sure we all know the principle component of alcohol can be used as a fuel. Far asides from the fact that drinking alcohol can be harmful doesn’t mean that drinking bleach somehow becomes safe or that Rhys claims are invalid. But the reason that alcohol was brought up in the first place? Was this the work of a master rhetorician?
Well no it appears this has been brought up because a photo Rhys posed for in the Guardian had some visible alcohol in the background. A link so specious and spurious it’s ridiculous and laughable that someone thought it even resembled anything approaching a cogent or logical argument.
Other videos attack Rhys, and Andy Lewis of Quackometer, for mentioning campaigns of those seeking treatment at Burzynskis clinic and calls this appalling and disgusting. Assertions made with little or no evidence provided to back them up.
However what really interests me is this video and the “evidence” presented therein… It makes reference to the fact that Marc Stephens sent Rhys a map of his home by showing that Rhys had added a location to his tweets (which shows how Stephens may have accessed the information but in no way justifies his misuse of this info). It also claims that Rhys has been coached in how to “defame” by the JREF by linking the award Rhys received from James Randi to the JREF’s educational programs to promote critical thinking and reason. Missing that none of these programs have, to date, taken place in the UK.
The video then goes on to try and link Rhys to the identity fraud of James Randis longtime partner in exactly the same way that Marc Stephens did in emails to Popehat and even using the same images. Which does make me wonder if SKEPTICSExposed might be down to the infamous Marc Stephens. Particularly as, like the red arrow letter before, these videos don’t attempt to address any of the arguments made by Rhys and others.
Rather they attempt to points us in a completely different direction, spin us around, pin a tail on us and try to convince us the author doesn’t think we are all an ass.