Thu June 7, 2012
Think Our Cable Chat Shows Are Raucous? In Greece They Slap Each Other
Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:17 pm
We're not recommending that CNN, Fox, MSNBC or Talk of the Nation follow this format, though it might generate some big ratings:
Correspondent Joanna Kakissis tips us off from Athens, Greece, about what happened during a live debate on Greek TV when a spokesman for the far-right Golden Dawn movement got fed up with what he was hearing from a leftist member of parliament.
First, Golden Dawn's Ilias Kasidiaris threw water at the woman. Then, all Helena broke loose (pun intended). Kasidiaris threw three slaps at a woman from the Communist Party, after she came to the leftist's defense.
There's video of the melee. Fast forward to about the 1:10 mark if you're only interested in the fireworks.
Now, Joanna tells us, there's a warrant out for Kasidiaris' arrest.
We'll say it again: Don't go there, Neal Conan.
Update at 7:17 p.m. ET. Joanna Kakissis has filed a story for All Things Considered on the incident.