Jon Stewart’s riff about the Cairo arrest of his Egyptian counterpart Bassem Youssef has led to a diplomatic incident – worthy of another satire.
Turns out, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted a video link to Stewart’s satirical slam at Egyptian President Morsi over the arrest, and the Egyptian president’s office got all huffy as did the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement whose party got him elected. The embassy then scrubbed the link to the Stewart segment, leading one Egyptian blogger to quip: “Forcing @USEmbassyCairo to delete a tweet. That is the only successful thing the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] did since they reached power.”.
Tune in tomorrow for the next chapter in the U.S.-Egyptian twitter wars.