Syrian Civil War Discussion Turns Into Awkward TV Studio Brawl (Video)

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 8 2014 2:24 PM

Syrian Civil War Discussion Turns Into Awkward TV Studio Brawl

Above: a discussion between two journalists in Jordan—Shaker al-Johari and Mohammad al-Jayousi—who were appearing on a program for the Seven Stars Television network, ostensibly to talk about the Syrian civil war.

Things seemed to be going reasonably well—no more toxic than your average Crossfire faux-confrontration—right up until, per the AP, al-Jayousi called out al-Johari for his support of the Syrian rebels. Al-Johari then accused al-Jayousi of taking money from the Assad regime.

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A table was pushed. And pushed back. And pushed back again. Said table broke into multiple pieces. A tug of war over the table top ensued. A blind kick was thrown. It was the geopolitical Jordanian equivalent of Jim Rome vs. Jim Everett. And all with the setting of the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (a.k.a. the ancient city of Petra) as a backdrop.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate video blogger.

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