The New York Times starts its review of a documentary about Anti-Americanism with these two sentences: "Do Europeans hate America or love it? Lately the answer might seem a no-brainer."
Why is manichaeism so popular in the US media? Why are Europeans not allowed to feel something between love and hate?
Why is the US media addressing this "Why do they hate us?" question all the time?
Professors Katzenstein and Keohane wrote in Anti-Americanisms in World Politics: "Perhaps we care [about Anti-Americanism] because we lack self-confidence, because we are uncertain whether to be proud of our role in the world or dismayed by it." Well, uncertainty is pretty universal, but pride is not so important in Europe anymore. I think Europeans don't expect to be loved by other nations. Those nations shall love their own country.
The US media often gives the impression that many Americans want to be loved and admired by others, and that they are disappointed if foreigners are not so impressed by the land of the free and the home of the brave with the shining city upon a hill. The American people, however, are much more relaxed and not at all narcisstic, I believe.
The PBS documentary "The Anti-Americans" presents the usual European characters, if the above mentioned NY Times review is correct: First they show a condescending Brit, then a French woman talking about obese Americans and then those charming Poles, who make country music, wear cowboy hats and wave American flags. It's the usual stereotypes and the typical European dichotomy: The Anti-American Old Europe, and the US loving New Europe. Of course, they don't show one of the many German Western Dance clubs, cowboy fans or country music bands. PBS could have reported that a country band represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest, but that does not fit into the prefered characterization of Europeans.