October 1, 2013
'Would Be Nice to Have a Similar Shutdown in Russia'

Yesterday, Josh Keating at Slate had a great post asking, “How would we report on the shutdown if it were happening in another country?” (“The current rebellion has been led by Sen. Ted Cruz, a young fundamentalist lawmaker from the restive Texas region, known in the past as a hotbed of separatist activity” is just one of many gems.) Well, today we have a shutdown, and we have the answer to that question — at least through the lense of foreign newspapers and social media.
The comments on American coverage in foreign papers can be really fascinating, first because the readers seem surprisingly informed about the inner-workings of American politics, and also because the areas that they’re wrong about are often colored by the context of their own political climates. If you come from a country where public officials do nothing but pad their own pockets, you might think sending them all home is a great idea. Meanwhile, if your homeland long ago made healthcare universal, the idea that the U.S. government would grind to a halt over such a measure is unthinkable.
Read more. [Image: Larry Downing/Reuters]

'Would Be Nice to Have a Similar Shutdown in Russia'

Yesterday, Josh Keating at Slate had a great post asking, “How would we report on the shutdown if it were happening in another country?” (“The current rebellion has been led by Sen. Ted Cruz, a young fundamentalist lawmaker from the restive Texas region, known in the past as a hotbed of separatist activity” is just one of many gems.) Well, today we have a shutdown, and we have the answer to that question — at least through the lense of foreign newspapers and social media.

The comments on American coverage in foreign papers can be really fascinating, first because the readers seem surprisingly informed about the inner-workings of American politics, and also because the areas that they’re wrong about are often colored by the context of their own political climates. If you come from a country where public officials do nothing but pad their own pockets, you might think sending them all home is a great idea. Meanwhile, if your homeland long ago made healthcare universal, the idea that the U.S. government would grind to a halt over such a measure is unthinkable.

Read more. [Image: Larry Downing/Reuters]

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