Egypt TV host mistakes video game footage for Russian strikes on Syria
Footage originated from video game 'Apache: Air Assault' which had American-accented voice actors commenting during simulated assaults
Egyptian television host Ahmed Moussa has confused footage from a video game for what he thought were Russian air strikes against ISIS extremists in Syria.
During one of his recent shows, Moussa praises Russia for its “precise” approach in Syria, while comparing the “United States' inaffectiveness.”
“Look, look at how a major power like Russia goes after the terrorists while the U.S. supports them,” Moussa said while commenting on the footage.
The footage is believed to originate from the video game "Apache: Air Assault" which clearly had American-accented voice actors commenting during the simulated assaults.
“Americans were too soft on ISIS. They’ve been there for a year and a half now and we haven’t seen a bullet from them,” Moussa said during his commentary.
The Egyptian television host’s error in using the footage went viral overnight, with a number of online users using his clip on social media to criticize the state of Egyptian media.
Ahmed Moussa has yet to show us important footage of ground operations pic.twitter.com/wa9V4dzzUL— Basil El-Dabh الضبع (@basildabh) October 12, 2015
Moussa has apologized for his show's blunder on Monday, saying: "I'm human and my producers are human. Mistakes like these can happen."
But Moussa also said that the viral reaction to the mistake was overblown by "U.S. agents because I love Russia... and I hate the U.S. administration."