November 05, 2012

US election: global media reaction

A quick scan of the world's media proves that the US election truly is a global event.

Obama and Romney are battling it out till the end

The South China Morning Post's website is currently splashing on how the election fascinates the Chinese, who are set for their own very different power transition later on this week, while the Shanghai Daily has a general news piece on the final push for the candidates. Japan Today is running a poll that shows that both Japanese and Chinese citizens are backing Mr Obama.

Al Jazeera's website is leading on the candidates' dash through the swing states, while Israel newspaper Haaretz is leading with an article declaring that in the election, Israeli Americans are from Mars while Jewish Americans are from Venus. Al Arabiya is also running prominently a general news round-up on the final hours of the campaign.

The All Africa website's most read story is an opinion piece declaring that Mitt Romney will win the election. Australia's Daily Telegraph has a homepage piece about Mr Romney's car trouble.

Most of the major European news websites, such as El Pais, Der Spiegel, Corriere della Sera, and Le Figaro have some sort of special US election coverage on their website homepages - as do, of course, the UK news sites.

In South America, the Buenos Aires Herald has a general news piece on the closeness of the election, as does Brazil's O Globo website.
In the New York tabloids, the fallout from Hurricane Sandy continues to dominate headlines, followed closely by the election. NBC News has managed to combine the two, with its website leading on the "perfect storm" that could confound election day.

In a reminder that other things are happening in the world (or perhaps just that most Americans are only now waking up), it has been nearly two hours since any of the major international wire services - Agence France-Presse, Reuters and Associated Press - have filed a US election news story, the most recent piece being a general round-up from AFP. As morning breaks on the east coast, however, rest assured that will soon change.

For most of the US national press, however, the election is the only story - and the eyes of the world are all trained on what will happen next.

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