…according to this link.
We battled a few days back about the root causes of British (i.e. your standard pub-crawling, footie-loving, Fawlty Towers-watching British) anti-Americanism. I argued that the most basic causes are deeply irrational and built around distorted views of America and American foreign policy fostered and perpetuated by clowns like Noam Chomsky who is viewed in Britain (indeed in all of Europe) as a respectable voice on such issues.
So what to do with this 45% problem? I’d argue that it’s connected to the first problem. These 45% live in a world where the primary outlets for news, information and current events analysis make next to no effort to fairly represent America and American motivations. The vaguest shadows of Halliburton merit a lengthy BBC news piece (which will carefully avoid mentioning that Halliburton’s current government “super contract” was signed by the Clinton administration in 1999, thus making it possible to quietly conclude that Dick “Sinister” Cheney’s ties to the company are somehow driving American foreign policy in order to benefit his good ole boys ). The BBC paints every American event, crisis or otherwise, in the least charitable view possible. The BBC and other British and European news outlets thus enable hatred of the West and with it (rather ironically) themselves by creating a news environment where it requires very little effort to believe the very worst that can believed about America, Israel and Tony Blair.