(By Ray D.)Dale Hurd put together an outstanding two part report (see text version here) on anti-Americanism in European media that readers can view below. This is must-watch material for anyone interested in anti-Americanism in European media:
Part 1 (above)
Part 2 (above)
"Polls clearly show that Europeans have turned against America in increasing numbers. You can blame Iraq or George Bush. But it's also true that Europeans have been fed a steady diet of media distortions about America for years.
And if you repeat a distortion long enough, it can become reality.
If you got your news about the United States only from the European media, chances are good you wouldn't like the United States either. There are a lot of reasons for the anti-American coverage in the media here, but you can start with the journalists themselves. They're mostly liberal and they're on a mission.
America gets a journalistic thumping just about every day in Europe. It's a one-way media war that our government has shown little or no interest in fighting seriously, even though it has severely damaged America's image and influence."
Perhaps the most striking statement on German media was made by Andrei Markovits, who related that a German journalist openly admitted to him that the editors back home were pushing him to provide negative material - because it sells so well. That is something we have known for years - but his statement is just further evidence. Jeff Gedmin - who possesses his own category on this site - was stellar as always. (Hoya Saxa Jeff!) Karin Quade of the German blog anti-anti-Americanism pointed to the painful reality that it is difficult to avoid negative attitudes towards the US - even in everyday conversation. Richard Miniter, another accomplished blogger I have had the pleasure to meet, discusses his time with The Wall Street Journal in Brussels.
UPDATE: Dale Hurd has also posted extensive excerpts of his interview with Andrei Markovits on his blog along with links to his report. Markovits is focused and brilliant. Watch below and check out his book "Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America"...
Special thanks to Dale Hurd. Just appearing on a program with interviewees of such high caliber was a deep honor. I must, however, mention one complaint about the presentation: In his preliminary comments, Pat Robertson implied that "most" Europeans believed Americans walked around with M16s. Very different from my observation that (some) Germans asked me if all Americans walked around with M16s - (probably after watching Bowling for Columbine.) The fact that anyone would ask such a thing is more than enough to make a strong point - and there is no evidence and no need to claim that "most" Europeans believe it.
Additionally, as someone who considers himself "secular" - I am a skeptic of Mr. Robertson and the religious right in general. I am, however, deeply grateful to CBN for taking on this subject in a highly professional manner. It is also beyond argument that individuals of faith in the United States have been unfairly vilified and targeted in European media. To conclude, let's hope that the larger mainstream media picks up on the subject of anti-Americanism in foreign media as well. Considering the general political attitude of the American mainstream media, however, (one of sympathy and empathy for the America-bashers) it is relatively unlikely that this will happen.
For those interested in the BBC report featuring Davids Medienkritik: It is on the emergence of new media. I was interviewed about blogs last year. It is a good watch.
Endnote: Now to address my decision to use my full name. Although I initially used my full name on this site for several months in 2003 and 2004, I have used my first name and last initial for quite a while now. I did this primarily because, as a graduate student, I was looking into work in the media field and I thought that my work as a blogger might work against me - though I made no secret of my blogging at my university or around those I know. Now that I have my degree (a Masters from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service) and a job (not in the media field) - and considering the fact that I have twice appeared on major media in the past year - I see little point in obscuring my full name.