The “Egyptian Jon Stewart” on the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, and Censorship

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Bassem Youssef

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Bassem Youssef

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Bassem Youssef, "The Egyptian Jon Stewart", has a column in which he takes to task the unfolding Egyptian Revolution/Coup for engaging in some of the same modalities of oppression and censorship that they have critiqued in the Muslim Brotherhood. Youssef's note still marks the type of political maturity grounded in humanitarian outlook and self-critique that will eventually be part of what will deliver Egypt—and America—to the promised land of political equality.

  • Outside of the academic environment, a harsh and seemingly ever-growing debate has appeared, concerning how mass media distorts the political agenda. Few would argue with the notion that the institutions of the mass media are important to contemporary politics. In the transition to liberal democratic politics in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe the media was a key battleground. In the West, elections increasingly focus around television, with the emphasis on spin and marketing.

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