The Power of Honorable Media

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

Ryan Cooper, a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, is currently the Washington correspondent for The Week.