Live smoking

Where else in the world can one go on live television and smoke profusely during an interview? And where else but a totally lawless country do politicians smoke on live TV? This is a snapshot of former MP Najah Wakim, head of the People’s Movement, on Manar TV, which is one of the country’s most popular stations. He had at least 3 cigarettes during the interview, at one point engulfing the entire studio in a cloud of smoke. This was particularly distracting when several plumes obstructed the view of Imad Marmal (right), arguably the most charismatic host on Hezbollah-backed Al Manar. Interestingly–and this could be totally unrelated–he is also the only Manar personality to have gone against the Iranian current by routinely wearing neck ties. I guess this would make him a “moderate” Arab broadcaster.

  1. Again, excellent commentary on an uncommon (to most Americans) side of our world’s media. Thank you for the blog.

  2. Thanks for your support, and glad you enjoyed it. I don’t mean to single out Al Manar; Wakim will probably be lighting up in whatever studio he visits.

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