Fighting Words

So you think U.S. pundit-o-whirl political talk shows get nasty? Check out this visual from Jordanian TV:

According to WaPo’s Nicki Demarco, the set-wrecking (sort of a pundit version of rock-and-roll guitar-bashing back in the day) ensued from a discussion of Syria:

A debate on media freedom in Syria between two journalists on a Jordanian television network grew heated Wednesday, developing into a set-wrecking tug-of-war.

The fight erupted on the “Bayn Etijihayn” (Between Two Ways) show between Shaer Al-Johari, head of the Electronic Media Association in Jordan, and Mohammed Al-Jayousi, editor-in-chief of the news Web site al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi.

The heated conversation turned physical when Al-Jayousi accused Al-Johari of being a “deviant” who supports the Syrian revolution. Al-Johari responded by accusing Al-Jayousi of supporting the Syrian regime in exchange for money.

These were clearly “fighting words.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.