@TaoPhoenix: Yes, ain't the Internet grand!? I too am learning a lot about the US and other countries - things that I probably would not have been permitted to learn if we were still in the absolute thrall of big media/MSM.
I am an exiled Pom and a paper Kiwi, having immigrated to NZ some years back. When I first came to NZ it was like going into a permanent news blackout on international affairs, as the media were (still are to a greater extent) so hopelessly naive and parochial. (There's a word for that, but I can't recall it just now). There also now seems to be almost a complete absence of good investigative journalism, whereas when I first came here there were at least some quite good examples of investigative journalism, but they all seemed to get shut down.