Remember that Thomas Friedman called Hariri (Mustaqbal) TV, "progressive." On the ostensible comedy show, La Yumal: the ostensible joke today was a man who has to beat his wife unconscious every night because it was good for her insomnia. That was supposed to be funny.
PS The following skit was homophoebic. (I misspelled the last word, I am told. I like Arabic books from the last century: they would almost always have this note on the last page; they would say: "And this book contains many errors and mistakes but they will not be missed by the smart and alert reader." I need to add this on my site).