The Studio Desk is a Blunt Instrument to Beat Your Opponent With …

… only if you don't have a gun within grabbing distance that is, but even then the furniture tends to give up the ghost. Maximum entertainment on Jordanian TV seems to be guaranteed when the topic of debate is Syria. Apparently it has a tendency to inflame the passions of the debaters beyond all bounds.

We also know now that they use rather cheap furniture on Jordanian TV that breaks at the slightest provocation. Here is an example from yesterday, with two pundits getting into a fight on air that ends with the complete wrecking of the set:


There goes the furniture!


The background to this enthusiastic balsa-wood fight according to the Washington Post:


“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.”


We're not sure if Al-Johari or Al-Jaousi was right about the other, or if perhaps both of them were right, resp. wrong, but clearly they meant business.

A similar, but slightly more exciting incident occurred on Jordanian TV two years earlier, once again involving a debate about Syria. Member of parliament Mohammed Shawabka was debating political activist Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad during a live broadcast on Jordanian Jo Sat TV. After Shawabka accused Murad of promoting the Syrian regime's agenda and getting paid by it for doing so, Murad in turn accused Shawabka of being a Mossad agent. Shawabka thereupon decided to throw one of his shoes at Murad, a sign of utter contempt in Arab lands. Then the cheap furniture was destroyed by Murad, in an attempt to advance on the perfidious shoe-thrower, who promptly pulled out a gun. To his credit, Murad appeared not in the least intimidated:


There goes the furniture again!


Maybe next time, one of the debaters will say something like “Stop insulting me, or the furniture gets it!”



Be careful when discussing Syria on Jordanian TV.


628x471Still from the Al-Johari vs. Al-Jaousi furniture fight. Getting the bulk of the desk on the opponent's side means you win.

(Photo source unknown)


Jordanian-MP-Mohammad-Shawabka-threw-one-of-his-shoes-at-political-opponent-Mansour-Sayf-al-Din-Murad-during-a-television-debate-before-pulling-a-gun-on-himThe decisive moment: Murad has just destroyed the studio desk, and Shawabka pulls his gun.

(Photo source unknown)




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