I see. Let me get this straight ... You're gonna really argue that you have a handle on internal American politics because you talk to people from the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Holland on regular basis?
The fact that you don't know that attacking "the media" as part of a debate on American politics is talking point #3 on Rush Limbaugh's quick-start guide "5 Easy Ways to Avoid a Real Debate" is proof you aren't remotely connected to our internal politics.
Sorry, you can't sit in Asia and talk to non-Americans and get a perspective on Sarah Palin and the looney right-wing.
On my, I think we have a real thinker amongst us..
Let me be more clear.
1. I stated I get a "world view"
on American politics from listening to people from all around the globe. I stated this very clearly. Surely you know people from other countries have views on USA politics? If there's a single country most other countries keep up with politically.. its the USA.
2. You seem very familiar with Rush Limbaugh, is he one of your political mentors? If by now, you don't understand the huge influence the media holds over politics, in every country in the world bar a few dictatorships.. or that "the pen is mightier than the sword"
then I'm afraid your thought processes hasn't progressed very far at all. If you like I can suggest some great texts on the subject which I'm sure you'd find enlightening. But to suggest that one man dominates or holds the key to this subject is just plain ludicrous.
3. Actually I can sit in Asia and talk to "non-Americans" (we call them 'people' over here..)
and get 'a perspective'
on American politics and "Sarah Palin."
I get THEIR perspective. And it's far more educated and thoughtful than the comments I've heard in this thread such as "teabagging" "closet racists" and so forth. Seriously, sometimes I think I'm reading the thoughts of hillbillies. But my family descended from hillbillies and on average, I find them much more enlightened. Sadly enough, on whole, I find the perspective of people from other countries far more educated and thoughtful. And of course you've been introduced to the internet? Television? International news channels? Slingbox? Torrents? To suggest that I have less political information available to me, than someone sitting in the USA, is well.. there really is no polite way of saying it. So I won't. It is however, blatantly obvious.