I found a fascinating tidbit on RFD's website. They claim to have "cable systems in all 50 states, serving over 31 million U.S. homes, with another 19 million homes in Brazil."
Think about that. There are 19 million households in Brazil who could be watching Imus in the Morning. Consider the implications.
Let's pretend that you are a Brazilian who doesn't know much about America. One night you fall asleep while watching your favorite program, Little Britches Rodeo. "Dear me, what a calm, soothing television station! This is truly a gem!", you think to yourself (in Portuguese).
Then, around 6 in the morning, you awake with a start. Gone are the polka shows and cattle auctions. They've been replaced by men in bizarre, nightmarish costumes who scream and rant at each other, while homeless vagrants watch them through a window.You can't understand a word of it, of course, because you don't speak English. To top things off, you start to see people that you've vaguely heard about in international news, like "Sen. John McCain" or "Sen. John Kerry."
If you were said Brazilian, and you saw this, would you think that America A) was full of crazy people; or B) was the greatest country in the whole world?