Gisele Khoury, right-wing propogandist and chat show host on Al-Arabiyah, has criticised the demonstrators in Beirut.
She says it’s an invasion of the peasants (Southerners) – and a triumph of backwardness over moderity. (March 14th/Hariri apparently represents modernity).
In a wide-ranging attack, she mocked Hizbollah’s liberation of the south of Lebanon in 2000 – saying that Hizbollah brought the war to Beirut this summer. Words that wouldn’t sound out of place in Tel Aviv.
And – most astonishingly – she disputed that the Shia in Lebanon are the country’s largest group. There are more Sunnis than Shia, she said, quoting a survey published in An-Nahar. Maybe she should have read the survey first – it showed that there are more Sunni Lebanese WORLDWIDE. In Lebanon, though, few would dispute that the Shia are the biggest group. Few, apart from the Phonecians that is.
The tirade came after a screening of the Al-Hurra TV documentary ‘Samir Qasir: What Are You Writing?’ by filmmaker Ephrem Kossaify, a sycophantic tribute to Khoury’s journalist husband Samir Qasir. A member of the audience – who introduced himself as an investigative journalist – asked Kossaify how he came to the conclusion that Syria was behind Qasir’s murder. His response – well, everyone knows Syria did it.
That passes for journalism in Lebanon (or at least on Al-Hurra).