Egyptian Television Satirist Bassem Youssef in Trouble With Islamists

The World
There's no love lost between the Islamist government of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and his critics in the media. The latest proof of that is an official investigation launched this week against a popular Egyptian television satirist. Bassem Youssef allegedly insulted President Morsi on his TV show, "Al Bernameg." The program is modeled after Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. And Youssef was actually a guest on The Daily Show last June. But Youssef could be in serious trouble with the Egyptian government at this point. On his program, Youssef was seen sweet-talking and hugging a red furry pillow carrying President Morsi's image, while mocking his speech style. An Islamist lawyer claims Youssef has insulted the president and undermined his authority by mocking him in such a public way. Correspondent Noel King is in Cairo and has been following the story. King said this is another example of the cultural stalemate that has been going on for a couple of months between outspoken media personalities and supporters of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Watch a segment of Bassem Youssef's show starring himself (with captions).