The secret to any good journalism is getting a balanced view from both sides of the debate.
However, Lebanon’s OTV broadcaster could be thinking otherwise after it brought pro and anti-Assad commentators together for a live on-air panel to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Barely a minute into the discussion, Bilal Daqmaq, a prominent Lebanese cleric and critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad critic, and former Syrian MP Ahmad Shlash decided to dispense with the usual chit-chat and go the good old fisticuffs instead. Check out the debate below:
Apparently, the beardless Shlash’s cousin had recently been killed by ISIS fighters and when Daqmaq refused to offer his condolences things quickly turned ugly.
The two immediately began landing blows on each other, throwing a glass of water, knocking over a chair and damaging screens before floor staff run on to the set and try and separate the two.
Moments later, the moderator also gets a glass of water thrown over him for his trouble in trying to break up the fight.