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6 June, 2004

headline today

Well, the headline of today in Australia is the death of former US President Ronald Reagan. I am not going to talk anything about US presidents, since I don't know much about them. But why's the death of US ex-President be the headline in Australia?

I don't think the death of any ex-PM in Australia (if any) would make the headline in any US media. Not likely.

It is very unfair. And I can also tell you, a number of Americans do not know any other Prime Ministers or Presidents of any other countries besides their own and perhaps Canada, just like they don't know what GMT (or UTC) is or how to work with that.

News.com.au - Reagan dies
(screenshot of News.com.au webpage, 6th June 2004)

The point of this blog? I am not happy with Australian news media.

Posted by Antony on 6 June 2004 1:17 PM |

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Well, now. Many Americans know the PMs of countries of the world. We know that John Howard was cordial to our current President when he was being shown disrespect by some members of the Australian parliament. We remember Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair. I assure you, if and when Margaret Thatcher dies, it will be front page news in America. Would an ex-PM from Australia likewise make the front page? If John Howard continues to make an impression on Americans by standing firm with our country in these hard times, if our media has any honor at all, it would accord him with the same attention and respect. You must admit, however, there is a different quality to leaders like Reagan, Thatcher, and Gorbachev which their successors haven't managed to capture. Yeltsin and Putin certainly haven't, and Major and Blair haven't sparked the public as those aforementioned three, and I can't recall the last time an Australian PM fit in those ranks among the world community. This is not to demean the people who have held that office, but to say that in spite of their service to Australia, they have yet to break the consciousness of regular citizens, even if people in the know realize the debt of gratitude owed. That was the long version. The short version is, don't let it make you angry.
Posted by vm on 9 June 2004 1:14 PM.
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