I've just spent half an hour on Crane Durham's Nothing But the Truth on 97.1 FM Talk in St Louis Missouri. Crane is a right wing talk show host and I guess in this country we try to pigeonhole shows like this as rabid right wing rants and because we're used to the liberal slant of the BBC we tend to look down our noses at them. But how many UK radio shows would spend half an hour talking about North Korea and China with someone on the line from another country? Answer, none. We all think the USA is very insular and that Americans can't see beyond their own borders. That caricature needs destroying. If anything, it is we who should be examining ourselves.
Foreign news coverage in our newspapers is lamentable and declining. Yesterday's Daily Telegraph had two and a half pages of foreign news. TV programmes on world politics are rarer than a sighting of John Prescott doing some work and even Radio 4 is increasingly insular. Things have come to a pretty pass when I'm considering taking out a subscription to the International Herald Tribune, the only newspaper available in this country which gives an all-round unbiased coverage of what's happening throughout the world. Country of origin? The United States.