British broadcaster uses Web to battle anti-Americanism 

Anti-Americanism is spreading across the globe. Using myths, disinformation and ignorance, America’s enemies are doing a fair job at defaming our country from both within our borders and abroad.

As Americans we’ve never claimed to be perfect, and like everything else in this world we certainly do have our faults. Fortunately, there are still those who know the truth about our great nation and aren’t swayed by nasty rhetoric. Some of these friends from across the Atlantic have taken to the Internet in America’s defense.

18DoughtyStreet.com is Great Britain’s first political Web television station. The brainchild of Internet entrepreneur Stephan Shakespeare and a group of Britain’s most popular bloggers, it was created to combat the disinformation and biases perpetrated by the mainstream media.

Focused on the rising anti-Americanism, 18DoughtyStreet.com has launched a two-minute video (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwAtNILh6uY) that is being distributed across Britain and Europe via e-mail. The broadcast depicts a world without America.

"Through five fictional news reports from the 1950s onwards, it portrays a world dominated by Soviet Russia and warns that much of the world’s prosperity and medical advances would have been lost," Audrey Mullen, of Advocacy Ink, explains.

The opening caption of the video reads: "Imagine a world without America." Then the script runs through a series of five scenes, beginning in 1959.

Dressed in a dinner suit, a man reads: "You are watching the News from London. General Secretary Stalin was in France today to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the liberation of Paris by the Red Army. Organized crowds of young people sang the Soviet anthem as troops marched down the Champs Élysées."

Then a caption appears: "A world without America would be a world with less freedom." Of course, had Hitler prevailed, the French would be speaking German, and the Champs Élysées may have been renamed Adolf Strasse.

Scene two focuses on America’s contribution to medical science as the same presenter is featured in a flower-power suit. The caption reads 1969, and the presenter reports, "Latest data from the British Department of Health show that deaths from polio rose again last year. The hunt for a vaccine continues."

The vignette ends with the words: "A world without America would be a world without many medical advances."

The video rolls on through 1979 ("A world without America would be a world without Israel"), 1989 ("A world without America would be a poorer world") and 1999 ("A world without America would be a world held to ransom by tyrants.") before a collage of America’s many contributions to the world flash on the screen, including:

"A free Afghanistan. Forty percent of the world’s R&D. Free Taiwan. Nylon. Elvis Presley. Air conditioning. The Marshall Plan.South Korea. Democratic Nicaragua. The typewriter. A free Japan. Protection of world trading routes. Jazz."

The video ends with a voice-over intoning: "A world without America: a world with more disease, more poverty, more danger."

Tim Montgomerie, director of 18DoughtyStreet.com, said, "For much of the last 50 years, Europe has benefited from America’s security umbrella and from the dynamism of American enterprise and science."

Yes, America does have its faults. And as I said, we’ve never claimed to be perfect. But as this video points out, America is the greatest force for good around the globe.

Kathleen Antrim is a columnist for The Examiner newspapers, is the author of "Capital Offense," and a correspondent for NewsMax Magazine. She can be heard regularly on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco on "The Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show." For more information go to www.KathleenAntrim.com

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