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May 08, 2014 12:57 PM Fighting Words

By Ed Kilgore

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 is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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