Having lived in Germany now for several years I can tell you that the state of reporting about America in Europe in general and Germany in particular is truly appalling. Imagine America without National Review or talk radio and with only the three networks and the two remaining cable channels. The result is a population that regards America in many ways quite fondly but in many other ways as an incomprehensible menagerie of Neanderthals.
I have often described going into a bookstore near my little village with a big table featuring only books about America but all of them were negative, especially about George Bush who was president at the time, and not one was positive. The uniformity of opinion here is appalling. Everyone is opposed to fracking, everyone is green, everyone opposed the war in Iraq, everybody thinks George Bush is a moron, 40% of the country thinks the CIA blew up the World Trade Center.
So it is not surprising that the left-wing media in Europe caricatures Donald Trump but it is also sad that we have someone who makes it so easy for them.