Wikileaks, Canada vs the US and Britain vs Zimbabwe

Dec 2, 2010

The British media's public seems to eagerly lap up bad news about Zimbabwe as eagerly as some Americans think the Canadian public believes its media's negatives about them.

From a New York Times article about how Wikileaks' 'Cablegate' documents characterise the concerns of US diplomats in Canada about how their hosts' perceive and depict the US:

In a confidential diplomatic cable sent back to the State Department, the American Embassy warned of increasing mistrust of the United States by its northern neighbor, with which it shares some $500 billion in annual trade, the world’s longest unsecured border and a joint military mission in Afghanistan.

“The degree of comfort with which Canadian broadcast entities, including those financed by Canadian tax dollars, twist current events to feed longstanding negative images of the U.S. — and the extent to which the Canadian public seems willing to indulge in the feast — is noteworthy as an indication of the kind of insidious negative popular stereotyping we are increasingly up against in Canada,” the cable said. 

Replace every mention of 'America/United States' with 'Zimbabwe' and of 'Canada/northern neighbor' with 'Britain' and everything would be just as true of the latter two countries as of the former two!  


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