TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 22 Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 902 times:
Sometimes it seems we're the 51st state! Unfortunately, the opposite isn't the case. How often do you read anything about Australia or Australians in the daily press over there? (OK - forget Russell and Nicole at the moment). I know that when I'm in the USA, there is hardy ever any Australian news - quite the reverse to over here, where we get a big US (and UK) coverage.
Maybe we don't do anything significant...and sometimes maybe that's good!
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 889 times:
Our cable access used to run editions of Russian daily news broadcasts. They did report on major events in the US and in sports they even regularly reported NHL scores. I thought that was interesting. Of course I couldn't understand what they were saying, but I concluded this based on the footage they were showing.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 20848 posts, RR: 55 Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 887 times:
It´s rare that a german news magazine or major newspaper wouldn´t have at least one US topic. More frequently, even, than stories regarding each of our neighbouring countries (but not if you´d combine all those).
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 22 Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 873 times:
I can understand the Olympics (which would have been reported even if they were in Lichtenstein), and the fires, but we get a big dose of US stories every day, including (today), a 2-car crash, basketball highlights, stock market reports, the number of seats in the Kodak Theatre, and you can generally throw in a weather story, something cute from a zoo somewhere, George W, or Hillary doing something, and the ubiquitous Britney. That's on top of the TV offerings of Oprah, Judge Judy, Springer, Letterman, Ricki and so on. Plus most of our chat and info shows are carbon copies of the US originals. (Not complaining necessarily, just commenting.) Obviously, a country with the size and population of the USA has a lot more news than we do, and much of it is truly significant..but there's a lot that isn't, and I don't necessarily understand why we need to know it all.
In short, I guess we know a lot more about you guys than you do about us. Sometimes I think that's a pity.
At least that's one of the advantages of this forum - we can share a lot more.
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 839 times:
U.S. news gets decent coverage in Canada. Canadian TV newscasts and newspapers routinely carry major items, and the five networks and several specialty channels (CNN, Headline News, CNBC) are available on cable.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1938 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 816 times:
It gets discussed to death here.
In The Straits Times, there's this section called "Fight against terrorism". It has been there since Sept 11. And I am very VERY sick of it.
American politics and hollywood gets discussed quite a bit. And being Singapore's second largest trading partner, the state of the American economy is crucial to our economy so that gets discussed quite a bit too. Any decision by the Fed to cut or raise interest rates gets front page news here, even in the trashiest tabloid. (i.e. it won't be the cover story but it'll be mentioned somewhere on the front page) Enron is discussed nearly everyday and even the sex scandals involving US priests made it to the news here at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks. (some of which were written by THe Straits Times' very own US correspondent)
Being a tropical country, things like ice skating, skiing and other winter sports are of zero interest to us so the winter olympics almost never got any coverage here. (to the dismay of some Americans who bitched about that in the newspapers here. Do the Brits bitch when they can't watch Manchester United play Chelsea live on the telly in Utah?)
As for sport, no one here cares for American sport. No one cares about the Super Bowl and neither does anyone give two hoots about ice hockey and The World Series. European football(which Americans call soccer) generates a lot of interest here, especially the English Premier League which a large percentage of the population follows.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 23 Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 801 times:
You bet there is!!!
The UK is the most americanized country outside the US (thats a good thing ). Every day before and after 9/11, there would be something about the US in the newspapers, TV. Be it politics, entertainment, or anything really. Plus most of the UK homes have CNN, so we get a good dose of USA all the time.
But after 9/11, the news headlines and newspaper headlines are 90% dominated by the war on terror. We even get to see every White House, Pentagon briefing/press conference live on BBC or Sky news.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1938 posts, RR: 3 Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 737 times:
In today's Straits Times: (Sat March 23)
US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement could create 50 000 jobs (OK I know no one there cares about it but people here do so does it count as US news?)
EU to hit Bush where it hurts-US steel, textiles and citrus goods are among things EU may target for tarrifs
Fatal Dog Mauling Case-Couple found guilty. Jurors in a trial that had transfixed San Francisco convicted of murder and manslaughter
Jane Swift, the first American woman to give birth while governor, has withdrawn from the MA gubernatorial race
US Treasury Secretary Paul O Neil has named May 20 the day he will leave for Africa with Rock Group U2's lead singer, Bono
Rosie O'Donnell wants her name and voice removed from an Oscar-nominated documentary, saying the film makers are linked to a "homophobic cult"
Early blooms at the White House-Tourists visiting the White House on THursday were greeted by the colourful sight of blossoming magnolia trees, which came several weeks earlier this year because of mild weather
23 on trial for fake WTC deaths
Bus accident in Florida kills 3 tourists
US steps up pressure on Arafat-Bush is dissapointed with Arafat's bid to stem violence and places a group linked to him on a terror list
US looks to Israelis with military training-their experience and expertise in handling security problems are prized highly by US corporations and govt agencies
Bush calls for an extra $49billion to fight terror
US Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo to head US forces in the Pacific
US Church leaders act to contain sex-scandal damage-taking their cue from the Pope, leading archbishops will disucss the sexual misconduct of priests in their Palm Sunday sermons
Quarter of US housemaids in US are illegals
Online gambling goes mainstream in the US-the industry is growing fast with Internet casinos advertising on Yahoo! as two million Americans place bets on websites
'Conceirge' doctors accussed of being elitist-Critics say their high annual fees for same-day appointments and 24-hour access may undermine public health care (report from Boston)
Only one big article worthy of mention: (Basketball) Spurs starting to look the part of title contenders.
Most of the sports section is devoted to European football
US seeks fuller access to Singapore's service sector (also something only people at this side of the world would care about)
There usually is more US-economy related news but not today, it seems.
As you can see, most of the US news is related to US foreign policy and international trade.
As for TV news, no one beats the BBC! It beats CNN anytime. And yes I do get CNBC but it's CNBC Singapore not CNBC USA. And most of the anchors are Singaporean anyway.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1938 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 728 times:
And I don't think Singapore ever gets discussed in the news there right? The last time was probably when we caned that guy for serious damage of public property. So that's probably the only impressions Americans have at all about this country!
Typical question I get from Americans: Do you get caned for chewing gum?
Reply: Caning is mandatory for most offences like jaywalking, littering,spitting, gum-chewing, possession of Cosmopolitan magazine. Death is only for serious offences like car scratching, running red lights, using the cellphone in movie theatres, parking in no parking zones and not singing the national anthem out loud
We do have that 2pm curfew, but on the eve of National Holidays (like the Day of Joyous Destruction of Deviant Books, Magazines and Internet Servers), we get to stay out as late as 3pm.
We are conscripted at 15 and do not finish our National Military Service until we are 50, though the women can ask for early release at age 40 for childbearing reasons. Old and sick people are generally shot or made to clean up chewing gum stains in more toxic areas, like our Chemical Warfare Research facilities.
Chewing gum is also capable of stopping Mass Transit Trains (thus grinding our economy to a halt) and of course, as seen in Mission Impossible, enough chewing gum can be used to make nuclear weapons, and hence will soon be classified as a controlled substance, like plutonium and baking soda.
We do have alternatives to chewing gum anyway. We can chew Rowntree Fruit Gums (which are great fun because they stick to dentures and teeth so one can save them for later and dig them out when one feels like eating them again). We can also chew Spearmint-flavoured condoms. These are costlier but one could presumably reuse them later for safe sex (permit to use the "s" word license no. 452941).
In fact, speaking of sex (permit to use the "s" word license no. 452941) and procreation, we are also gently instructed by our government to stop at one. I do not mean we are only allowed to have sex (permit to use the "s" word license no. 452941) only once but that we can only have one child or one pet. If we already have one dog, for instance, we cannot have a child as the quota has already been met. This is to ensure that we do not face a population explosion, which would be disastrous since our land is too small.
We can see uncensored episodes of I Love Lucy. We even get Emmy-award winning shows like ER. We also get NYPD (we dropped the Blue because that suggested Pornography, and *F*R*I*E*N*D*S* (with all the gay bits snipped off, of course). These more-adult shows are slotted at more adult times, like 2am in the morning, so that children (who have a 12pm curfew) and adults (who have a 2pm curfew) will not be able to catch them. And the programs have to be watched through proxy servers, as is in the case of our Internet access.
I hope this helps clear up any misconceptions about our beloved country.If you require any further information to facilitate migrating here or working here, check out our website (diligently policed by our volunteer Young Internet Policing Executive Elite, or YIPEE for short)at http:www.youhavegottobekidding.com.
Kolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 7 Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 718 times:
At least once in the SPORTS (mainly NHL)
and once in the WORLD report. Ocasionaly they skipped a day. Sometimes they would push the hollywood crap in, like once per month. Not a lot about internal US politics, with the exceptions on the presidential campagin. Sometimes a bit on culture, but only when they can poke some fun out of it.
All of that based on Russian NTV TV-6 and ORT television channels
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 713 times:
In Boston we have a paper called the Metro (some of our European, South American, and Canadian bretheren have their own editions as well), and usually they have one page devoted to local news, 1-2 pages to national news, and one page of international news. As it's a freebee and only meant to take 20-30 minutes to read, obviously there is not a ton of content in it, but it does give you a general brief overview of the events in the world. A paper like the Boston Globe generally has 3-5 pages of international news, unfortunately most of the stories are only featured because there is some relevence to local readers, therefore the stories largely focus on European, and Western Hemisphere news events. Our friends in Austral-Asia don't get too much of the limelight.
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LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 710 times:
It's late...I posted that before I could finish
I wanted to ask: Do your local news outlets only feature American stories because they have some local relevence or do they also feature stories that may just have importance to Americans and are therefore newsworthy to you as well?
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
25 Docpepz: errr, I don't know how Catholic priests involved in sex scandals in the USA affect me. (OK I'm catholic but such things don't happen here, at least, n
26 Mcdougald: LH423 wrote: "Do your local news outlets only feature American stories because they have some local relevence" I think the news media in Canada applie