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April 06, 2013 12:53 PM The Power of Honorable Media

By Ryan Cooper

A couple days ago Jon Stewart did a sincere segment in defense of Bassem Yousef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” who was facing legal sanction for criticizing President Morsi. (This resulted in an addition to the rapidly-expanding category of tweet-inspired international incidents.)

Today, he apparently got results:

A Cairo court turned down on Saturday a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist’s TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.

Great news. And this is why I was so hard on Stewart over that platinum coin thing. He has the kind of power that only a handful of media figures possess—the power of hard-earned credibility. Good on him for using it to do good for someone in a tight spot.

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • c u n d gulag on April 06, 2013 4:19 PM:

    Stewart has more pull on a comedy news show, than the network "newsmen/women."

    And sometimes, I get pissed at him, too.

    Like when he ended up, after years of mocking the Conservatives, taking the position of the sensible voice on the middle, right after he and Colbert had their little 'Moderate Woodstock.'
    He started equivocating, which is what he mocked.