The same thing happened more recently when a young lady raising funds for Green Peace in Berkeley had to admit that Fremantle is separate and distinctly different from the bigger city farther up the Black Swan River. Being a port city, Fremantle is to Perth as Long Beach is to Los Angeles.
People who live New York City are more likely to enjoy Sydney more than Fremantle, but that doesn't mean that New York City and Sydney are "twins separated at birth" similar. Nor should Australia be considered "Canada without snow."
If you think different cities are alike and you think that standup comedians spouting Republican talking points are Edward R. Murrow clones, we double dog dare you to get some news from a foreign based member of the media. Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle both have English language web sites. Do you really think that conservative talk show hosts (who reportedly are union members) want you to get your news and information from any other source? If they don't want you to do some "comparison shopping," then you have to also recall that Germans during World War II were forbidden (under penalty of death) from listening to foreign radio stations.
If they don't want "comparison shopping" for news, then you gotta ask yourself another question -- No, not: "Do I feel lucky?" -- you should ask "Why would they do that?" At this point in American history, you won't risk death by dialing up some other point of view and to see what they have to say. What have you got to lose by taking the dare?
Do you think that the German voters passed a ballot initiative to give up that freedom?
Adolph Hitler, in Mein Kampf wrote: " . . . never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it." Doesn't Uncle Rushbo unfalteringly follow that advice?
Now the disk jockey will play Sinatra's version of "New York, New York," and "Chicago," and Randy Newman's "I love L. A." We have to go for yet another walk on Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach. Have a "don't do as I do; do as I say" type week. This has been the World's Laziest Journalist reporting live from Venice CA.