On a serious news program, a caller asks how President Donald Trump could be removed from office. Among the legal and procedural answers, one of the panelists suggest a “murder in the White House.”
In contrast, look at the kerfuffle after a German comedian joked about Turkey's president Erdogan, a true autocratic tyrant.
If a German comic who jokes about a foreign despot faces five years in prison, what should the penalty be for a news panelist who proposes murdering the U.S. president?
To the credit of the German government, there is a strong chance that its law on criminal prosecution for insults to a foreign head of state may be repealed, so comedian Jan Böhmermann may not face prosecution after all.
But does the example in the video above qualify as an insult?
Or as a suggestion?