U.S. embassy in Cairo restores their Twitter feed after Jon Stewart snafu with Egypt

posted at 5:21 pm on April 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Over the weekend, Egyptian political satirist and television host Bassem Youssef was interrogated by Egyptian authorities after he was charged with “disrupting public order” for riffing on President Mohammad Morsi and Islam. Egypt arrested. Morsi’s regime has been extra-sensitive about this type of media attention, and on Monday, Jon Stewart opened up his own show with a segment about the recent troubles of his Eyptian counterpart:

The U.S. embassy in Cairo has a reputation for being active on the Twitters, and tweeted out a link to Stewart’s segment — presumably because it was pretty funny and called Morsi out for his less-than-robust commitment to free speech.

The Egyptian president’s office didn’t take well to that at all.

Nor did the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm.

Wah, wah, wah. But, this morning, the Cairo embassy’s Twitter page suddenly wasn’t there anymore:

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A little after noon ET, the page was back up; Foreign Policy reports that the decision to temporarily delete it was made by U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson in order to give them time to “put new procedures in place,” and that the State Department quickly urged them “to put the page back up, lest it appear that the United States is caving to the online pressure,” …but the oh-so-offensive Jon Stewart tweet is gone.

Nuland said at Wednesday’s briefing that the Embassy viewed the tweet as a mistake but she defended the State Department’s criticism of the Egyptian government on the issue.

“We’ve had some glitches with the way the twitter feed has been managed. This is regrettably not the first time. Embassy Cairo is looking at how to manage these glitches,” she said. “They came to the conclusion that the decision to tweet it in the first place didn’t accord with post management of the site.”

Because we wouldn’t want to be controversial in defending our human-rights values, would we?

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the adults are in charge

rob verdi on April 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Smart power.

steebo77 on April 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM


is that between not optimal and bumps in the road?

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

What? Muslim extremists don’t have a sense of humor?

News to me…

Nethicus on April 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Wasn’t it the US Embassy in Cairo, which began the “we’re so sorry about the anti-muslim film” excuse first? You know, the one that our dear leader and his cohorts used as an excuse to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?

Hill60 on April 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM


Seven Percent Solution on April 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

The You Tube Benghazi videographer is unable to comment due to prison rules..

hillsoftx on April 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Because we wouldn’t want to be controversial in defending our human-rights values, would we?

Get with the progressive ideal no culture is better than another one so the entire idea of human rights is a sham.

chemman on April 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Blithering idiots.

They have no idea what they’re doing, and wind up doing the worst possible thing: Projecting both incompetence and weakness simultaneously.

novaculus on April 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

The MoBro are the REB’s people, you can’t mess with them.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I realize the purpose of The Daily Show, but it’s pretty clear that even behind the jokes, they simply don’t get it. But, of course, they likely all voted for Barack, so intelligence isn’t something I’d highlight as a strong point among the TDS viewership.

Or the US Embassy.

BKeyser on April 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

As gutless as Morsi. Obama’s grand Middle East strategy in action. What courage! What boldness! All this from that purported multi-dimensional chess player.

Pahhh, what a clueless, idiotic clown.

ss396 on April 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Seems to me that we have had an inordinate amount of “glitches” since, oh, around Jan 2009.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 4, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I appreciate Jon Stewart because while a liberal, he is true to his convictions. I don’t appreciate the U.S. Embassay in Egypt because they are cowards.

Illinidiva on April 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I realize the purpose of The Daily Show, but it’s pretty clear that even behind the jokes, they simply don’t get it.

BKeyser on April 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Agree. Note how the audience cheers as Jon Stewart’s graphics put a jail around the Fox-News building because they insulted the president.

Also, Stewart doesn’t realize that the Egyptian government is Islamist and it likely is an offence to criticize Islam. Doesn’t he follow the news at all?

virgo on April 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM