Ignorant Lebanese “Journalism”

When I was about thirteen, the talk of the nation was about satanism. People used to go on televisions to tell us how these people desecrate the Holy Communion, have sex in graveyards and whatnot. And at thirteen, I believed all the stories. Education at school also geared us towards fearing such cults. They instilled fear in us. They warned us about the dangers of the music they use, which might infiltrate our minds with the subtle messages interspersed between their notes. So I never got into any form of metal music – because metal equaled satanism. And that’s what I was told.

Things today are very different, to me at least. I barely watch any Lebanese TV because I believe it’s absolutely pointless to do so and I fail to see any rewarding experience coming out of it, except to get me more exasperated at the state of decadence we’ve reached as a nation.

Joe Maalouf, MTV’s prodigy “journalist”, has found his name synonymous with controversy in recent months. It started with homophobic reporting about homosexuality. Some Lebanese responded. MTV responded back. The responses died. Joe Maalouf stayed… and he’s at it again.

In a November 6th episode, Maalouf went back to the same subject that was being discussed when I was thirteen, almost ten years years ago, to say how all metal bands are cult-worshippers, teaching our children and teenagers the arts of satanism. Here’s a link for the episode if you’re interested.

Absolutely stupid? You bet. But Joe Maalouf isn’t the only one. Every weekly episode of Malek Maktabi’s show: Ahmar bl Khatt el 3arid is a reminder that cheap journalism is popular journalism. Maktabi gets guests that are as taken out of society as you could get and imposes them upon his viewers as fact. His attitude as he presents one ridiculous topic after the other is that of a know-it-all who’s taking himself way too seriously.

The result of both Maalouf and Maktabi’s approaches, which are very similar, is a broad viewership that is taking in what they’re saying as scripture, which is even worse when you know that both TV shows are some of the most watched on their corresponding channels, data that I obtained from a TV private source a few weeks back. Yes, those metal bands are all satanist. Those people from Akkar are all demented. Those women who like to sing are all whores. And the list goes on and on.

The viewer is not to be blamed for the monstrosities committed against him. You can’t just say it’s the fault of the person who has nothing else to do than watch TV for believing what TV station is throwing at them. It’s the fault of TV stations and platforms that allow such content to be broadcast from their airways without vetting it.

No, I’m not talking about censorship. I’m talking about monitoring of quality. Maalouf & Maktabi should not be allowed to present absolutely ridiculous information as facts to viewers and be able to call upon equally unqualified “testimonies” in order to prove a moot point that is not valid in any way. They should not be allowed to tell viewers how “many more unspeakable things happen behind closed doors.” What closed doors are they taking about? What things are they referring to?

The sad thing is it’s not only Maalouf and Maktabi. Ignorant Lebanese journalism goes to political talk shows which rehash the same arguments at people over and over again, most of them unfounded, in the hope that one sticks. Ignorance is also in news reports, such as the HIV in Pepsi incidence recently, which people also believe because, I mean, how could the news be wrong? How could anything that makes it to TV, for that matter, be wrong?

I am not a journalist and I don’t intend to be one. But, as a viewer and possible audience of such TV shows, I know what I’m getting is ridiculous. I know that my TV stations should offer us something more mentally stimulating than the mental vomit they keep hurling at us with a lot of people taking it in. I know that what’s happening on our airwaves daily is not right. And I know that Malek Maktabi, Joe Maalouf and countless other self-proclaimed journalists are a bunch of ignorants whose words should never be taken to more than what they are: utter crap. Maalouf and Maktabi are a disgrace that graces our TV screens in a weekly manner to bestow upon us their eternally craptastic wisdom.

The problem is the collective of the Lebanese society thinks their crap is gold. They think Maalouf and Maktabi and others like them are absolutely right, every single time, and the cycle of willful ignorance of the Lebanese community continues because ignorance is truly bliss and dismissing entire demographics, entire discographies, entire mentalities because of the psychological complexes of a TV anchor is much easier than going on a limb to see that the presumed golden TV we get is crap at its best.

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13 thoughts on “Ignorant Lebanese “Journalism”

  1. Gullible ppl exist everywhere. I’ve met countless adults where I live (metro-Detroit) who believe mermaids are real and aliens built the egyption pyramids because they saw it on the Discovery or History channel.

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  2. Maalouf and Maktabi understand that the easiest way to fame is to rise scandals and talk about unfamiliar subjects. The taboos of our society are plenty, people like to hear about the unfamiliar no matter how absurd the discussion is. 

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    • Yes exactly. The problem though is that we don’t have a sane alternative where the debate happens with a level of intellect that’s actually acceptable to be on airwaves.

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  3. I wonder about the education of the whole team that prepare such episodes, none of them noticed how absurd those topics? i think the golden goal of Maktabi is to proof there’s aliens on earth, while Maalouf is sticking to make people see issues from a retard point of vue.

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  4. Umm, well you are absolutely right, but I must 1st point to the fact that i am what people like to call “Metalhead”. When i wan even younger than thirteen, metal was always related to satanism, it had a counter-effect though, my curiosity led me to become a fan of many thrash, death, neo and progressive metal bands (unlike what happened to you) and I’m far from being the only one.

    I must also point to the fact that the realization of the 6th November episode was ridiculously stupid. I mean, they showed metal bands and inserted a very popular soft-rock song to make it sound like they are worshiping some red beast to it.
    Second, what the crowd was doing was called a mosh-pit, for the ones who don’t know what it is, it’s a brotherly wrestling where people tend to push each other as they got more and more excited by the music. YES I SAID BROTHERLY, no bloodshed, no wounds, no broken arms, you just come in and push a random stranger for fun. Considering that Satan worshiping is plain stupid.
    Oh and the event shown didn’t happen in a monastery, it was in a completely abandoned building and the event was called massacore, check the Blaakyum response for more information.

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    • I am not familiar with all of this. I know some metal bands and songs but I don’t call myself a die-hard fan. I’m more into country :p
      However, I think that when it comes to metal music, there’s a stigma that’s still present in society regarding it. And it’s ignorant. And people like Joe Maalouf ride that for ratings.

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  5. Hey i’m just wondering why there is no re-action to the last episode of inta horr. Isn’t pathetic how he ignored what’s been said online about him and the show instead of admitting that he offended a group of beautiful young music lovers who don’t give a damn about politics , they just want to enjoy life as they see it. Now the whole show has lost its credibility to me, even the other topics that he discusses are controversial. This guy is pretty much full of shit, light brown shit!
    It would be fun to keep annoying him until he admits and acknowledge that he’s made the most stupid mistake of his life but messing with the lebanese modern youth. Spread the word amigos!

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