With the UK seemingly still in the grip of huge waves of anti-American feeling, (even now after all this time, watching any stand-up comedy program on BBC 1-4, you just have to wait for the first mention of the word "America" or "Bush" and watch the audience fall over themselves with utterly unabashed and completely baseless, ill-informed mirth ), it really looks as we here on this tiny isle may be amongst the last to realise that this hugely unfunny joke is actually wearing thin.
Even in countries where the US is characterized as the Great Satan, things are changing quickly. A poll reproduced in the LA Times describes how the US star is rising again in places such as the Lebanon, Jordan and Indonesia.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, we have to put up with this sort of appalling journalism from the BBC. E-mail correspondent Michael Mason, points out that "what the article doesn't mention is that the filibuster in question was Robert Byrd's attempt to defeat the Civil Rights Bill. Yes, THAT Civil Rights Bill--Martin Luther King and all that. And Robert Byrd was at one time a Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan, so not quite the loveable character suggested in the article.
"The BBC often seems to prefer a simple picture of US politics in which the Republicans are always the bad guys and the Democrats are always the good guys, so they don't tend to emphasise anything that messes that simple picture up. In reality, the Civil Rights Act was supported by the Republicans and the northern Democrats, and opposed by the southern Democrats: this doesn't fit with the perception of the Republican party as racist ultra-conservatives and the Democrat party as supporters of equality-for-all".
Thanks for that Michael.