August 21st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Libyan anchor waves gun on air, threatens to defend Gadhafi

An anchor giving the news this weekend on Libyan state television lifted a gun on air and warned rebels trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi that staffers at al-Libiyah would become martyrs if they had to.  

Hala Misrati grabbed a handgun from the top of the anchor desk as news reports said that rebels were advancing toward the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Al Jazeera English gave this translation: "With this weapon, I either kill or die today.

"You will not take al-Libiyah channel. You won't take Jamahiriyah channel, Shababiyah channel, Tripoli or all of Libya, and even those without a weapon are willing to be a shield in order to protect their colleagues at this channel. We are willing to become martyrs."

According to several reports, Misrati has been controversially outspoken about her support of Gadhafi. She previously reportedly referred to al Jazeera as "Swine Jazeera" and accused the news agency of killing its own employees and bombing its own offices.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    The way she is holding that gun she won't cause much harm.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |

    HIM great warrior. him needa smoke peace pipe.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    talk about job security.... i would hate to be the boos to fire that guy..
    he fred.. what?... he brought a gun on propertiy, that's the rules.. you need to fire him..

    August 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Really good move, anchor person. Now they know where to find you. Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

    in texas this is normal, alot of people i know bring guns to work.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hala Misrati (news reporter)

    the weather here is nice, expect a 10% chance of rain. and a 100% chance of lead pisoning if you try and take over my news studio.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |

    i bet you she is dynomite in bed...

    August 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom Posey

    I see that these damn, mindless Tea Partying trolls already took over this web page so that any of the rest of us who have something to say will be drowned out as usual. I wish that they'd take their stupidity elsewhere!

    August 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |

      @ tom p-ussey ... go drink some tea..

      August 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry Tom, I see that this dirty-minded Tea Partier finally got around to missusing your name above. As you can plainly see he already hijacked my name in the post above yours but the idiot who's moderating this web page blocked my earlier post protesting it. He'll probably block this message too!

      August 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bud Tree Jr.

      The comment posted above by RUFFNTT(3:04) is filthy and very uncalled for. It needs to be deleted from this web page but I guess that CNN won't do that! Why do they allow such crap here in the first place???

      August 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old Man Clark

      I agree with both you Bud TreeJr. and the true RUFFNUTT above. The troll RUFFNUTT(3:04) not only needs to have his comment above removed from this website but also needs to be blocked from posting any new comments here! I wonder if this isn't the same person who's been trolling a lot of different people here at the same time. It's a distinct possibility!!

      August 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Tom it sure must be difficult to be so politically correct. You haven't even had time to repeat the morning DNC talking points to prove how really smart u is.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    To quote Roseanne Roseannadanna,
    "It's ALWAYS sumptin!"


    August 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Hey! The Right-Wing Thus Troll stole another name!

    @Ruffie: LITERALLY, dynamite!

    August 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I'd *like* to drown the troll...

    August 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. One on One

    Tea won't do it, give him Mouth wash !

    August 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shiver Lay

    I like RUFFNUTT's 2:51 comment.
    He has a profound understanding of the meaning of life.

    August 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |

    duh... everyone knows crazy women are the best that way...

    August 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |

    i bet you she likes to be on-top and fires then gun off while doing it...
    she might even do it jihad style.. that's where when your almost there she stops and smacks you in the face...and starts all over again..

    August 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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