I found an interesting little article on al-Jazeera (ugh) on Michael Moore (double ugh) and his European book tour for
Mein Bushkampf err… Dude, Where’s My Country (massive ugh, followed by urge to vomit).
Before I continue, I feel obligated to mention Spinsanity’s devastating takedown of the numerous lies and fabrications in the book. They have even written a companion piece to the review listing some of the misinformation they found in the book.
Here’s the money quote from one German:
Another fan said he gave legitimacy to negative images of the United States and an outlet for frustration with Washington’s policies.
“He reinforces all the stereotypes we have of America,” said Stefan Baumann. “We can point to him and say, see, even Americans are saying that about themselves.”
Now this is exactly what is wrong with the European view of America. The European media is almost entirely anti-American. The European press gives a view of a America that would be almost entirely unrecognizable to anyone who actually lives in this country. A review of the movie Legally Blonde 2 in a German newspaper treated the movie as though it were a scathing indictment of the US government rather than a mindless piece of pop-culture fluff. Michael Moore’s tired rants are held up as being the gospel truth and not one of his ridiculous assertions are challenged. The editorial cartoons in Le Monde display a level of simplistic and reactionary anti-Americanism that they border on hate speech. With the exception of some parts of the UK media, finding anything that has even the slightest pretense of objectivity when it comes to the US is nigh-on impossible in Europe.
Herr Baumann has exactly the right point – the reason why one sees this in Europe (and one saw this even before Bush was President) is that it reinforces the stereotypes of Americans as greedy warmongers who have been hoodwinked by a sinister cabal of Jewish "neoconservatives". That view is rarely challenged, and the pages of Le Monde, Die Zeit, and The Guardian all parrot that line reliably.
Unfortunately that means that the European people are being sold a biased and skewed vision of America. As Europe continues to decline economically and demographically, the cognitive dissonance between the Euromedia’s view of the world and the truth will only continue to grow.