Note that, of those media analyzed, the most US critical media in all Europe were Germany’s two largest, state-sponsored television news broadcasts. Unfortunately, many Germans view these same state media as impartial and unbiased because they are (supposedly) independent of commercial interests.
Is it just me or is Europe starting to give off that old Soviet Union vibe?
Back in the ’70s the Soviet state-controlled press gave the people of the USSR a delusional view about quality of life in the US and the rest of the free world. I see the same kind of beliefs from contemporary Europeans.
For example, in many internet conversations I have had, it seems that many Europeans honestly believe that the lack of universal socialized medicine in the US means that we just leave hordes of poor people to die in the gutter. They seem utterly unaware that the poor and elderly are covered by socialized medicine even if no one else is. Where did they get such a distorted view of America from?
I think we are seeing a milder version of the same dynamic that occurred with the Soviet Union. First, we have socialist states which cannot compete economically with the freer markets of the US. Second, we have an elitist ruling caste which must engender fear of change in order to maintain power. Third, we have a high degree of state control of the media and education. All these factors combine to create both the motive and the methods for fostering irrational anti-Americanism.
If Europe is heading off down the old Soviet path, even a much, much milder version of it, it will not end well for them.