The New York Times is reporting this morning that the Wikileaks dump of diplomatic documents shows American officials increasingly fluttery over anti-American sentiment north of the border.
“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.
The article goes on to suggest that American diplomats think Canadians are simply grumpy because of their purported second-class status on the world stage. Here’s a sample, again from the Times:
A trove of diplomatic cables…disclose a perception by American diplomats that Canadians “always carry a chip on their shoulder” in part because of a feeling that their country “is condemned to always play ‘Robin’ to the U.S. ‘Batman.’ ”