“Thanks to outsized personalities like Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell — as well as recent controversies over immigration and Islam — this year’s midterm elections have attracted more international attention than usual. But as this survey of the foreign press shows, each country seems to have its own unique take on America’s anti-incumbent movement.”
The Horror, The Horror… and the Pity: How the international media is covering the Tea Party.
- Not surprisingly, like a majority of Americans, the media in other countries describe the Tea partiers as … insane in so many words: bigoted, Quran-burning extremists, polarizing, an embarrassment and threat to the U.S., angry conspiracy-theorists, and the “Party of No” are just some of the descriptions that have been used internationally.
But the best description comes from an Argentinian correspondent who was dispatched to cover Palin-approved, Tea Party endorsed Christine O’Donnell. The correspondent wanted to “figure out how someone who is “uneducated, unemployed, having a history of tax evasion, who used to practice witchcraft when she was young, who militantly fought masturbation, and who now defends creationism, could unseat the incumbent Republican.“
And, maybe also not a big surprise, Germany seems to be fully on-board with the Tea Party and Herr Beck.