Stewart: How the Heck Is Wisconsin Like Egypt?
In Egypt, you could get shot; here, you could get pulled into a drum circle
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 6:30 AM CST
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(Newser) – Jon Stewart is not happy with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip unions of their collective bargaining rights (that would be like “telling Craigslist no adult services,” he reasoned. “It really defeats the purpose.”) But nor is he happy with the media’s attempts to compare the Wisconsin protests to those going on in the Middle East. “This is the same as people in the Middle East overthrowing years of dictatorship? Or is that just the last story you saw on the news?” he wondered on last night’s Daily Show.

“The Egyptian protesters risk being shot, the Wisconsin protesters risk being caught in a drum circle,” he continued. So what is the appropriate comparison, then? To find the answer, he noted the completely opposite responses to Wisconsin coming out of Fox News (the protesters are spewing “vitriol and violent rhetoric.”) vs. MSNBC (the protesters are “real American people who want a future.”) Of course, if you think back to another group of Americans taking to the streets—the Tea Partiers—the reaction is flipped: Fox called them “God-fearing, freedom-loving patriots;” MSNBC called them “wackos.” The only logical conclusion? The Wisconsin protest, Stewart declared, “is the bizarro Tea Party.”

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bewilderbeast
Feb 23, 2011 8:51 AM CST
Hey Jon Stewart: Here's another Egypt (Libya) comparison to Wisconsin: Indiana Official tweets: "Use Live Ammunition" Against Wisconsin Protesters. This from a deputy Attorney General! - http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/indiana-official-jeff-cox-live-ammunition-against-wisconsin-protesters
bewilderbeast
Feb 23, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Sorry, Jon, for once I disagree with you. Here's how a journo in South Africa reported "Wisconsin": A small group of government supporters faced off against a far larger force of pro-reform demonstrators, and things got a little tense as slogans were hurled back-and-forth. Was this Egypt? Was it Libya? No – it was - in Boston, where unions demonstrated in solidarity with state employees in Wisconsin, who are facing a crackdown on unions by conservative governor Scott Walker. Also: Are you forgetting this, Jon?: "Of course we'll use weapons against them, says Wisconsin law enforcer"? Anywhere that armed militia obey the rich elite cartel and fire on their own citizens HAS to remind yo of Egypt. BTW: I hope you're right and I'm wrong, but I don't see the "uncaught Madoffs" giving up their ill-gotten gains (or the laws that "legalise" them) easily.
BobbyRicigliano
Feb 22, 2011 11:10 AM CST
This country is going down the shitter unless John Stewart is elected president.