Wed, 4 Mar 98 23:48:33 EST
I'm convinced that this is a direct result of US's
being the world superpower and its inherent arrogance.
News broadcasts in the US are filled predominately with
local (US) news. It is a rarity for a foreign country
to be mentioned in the US news media -- and almost never
France. US affairs, however, are a major topic of discussion
in Europe. When I visited my parents in Italy, I swear
Clinton was better known than the Italian president of the time
(which I guess is not surprising, considering their premiers
change every couple of months). My parents tell me that during
its height, the OJ trial overshadowed local Italian news. I
can imagine what shape the Monica affair has taken in foreign
eyes. How can we boast about our country, when the world knows
about every embarassing issue that hit the US papers? I find
this one-way information flow very unfortunate.