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Alexander  ·  2908 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shutdown coverage fails Americans | Al Jazeera America

I am actually British, so perhaps I'm not qualified to argue this point. At least over here, the BBC's North American editor stated clearly that "The Republican leadership looks and feels trapped - they made demands that they knew wouldn't be met rather than be accused of weakness and betrayal by their own hardliners” and The Independent were reporting on discomfort within the Republican Party about what they are doing.

Are the two examples that Froomkin uses really representative of how the situation is being reported in America?

humanodon  ·  2908 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I am actually British, so perhaps I'm not qualified to argue this point.

I don't know. We could ask the government, but . . . you know :)

That's really interesting. No, I haven't read anything to that effect. Mostly I've seen the kind of minimizing that the article spoke of, that bland nothing that merely restates the obvious. Personally though, that doesn't surprise me. There are republicans who are more moderate and who most likely did not agree with the decision to create this situation. If you ever find yourself in the U.S., take a look at the news coverage and compare it with your own experience of the news in the UK. I think you'd be surprised at how uninformative the major news outlets can be.