Larkin saidHyped? Perhaps. But it's a function of international press I think.
The bottom line is that basically no one has any idea what is actually going on in other countries because the locals will swallow foreign news uncritically. Some of the most bizarre things I've heard from people overseas about American domestic politics were the product of them have been told something from American news and them just believing it.
For some reason people are (rightly) very critical of their own news sources and tend to think about broader implications, but believe anything a foreign newspaper says. In the US, we know not to just believe whatever we've heard on FOX or MSNBC because we are aware of partisan agendas. That awareness evaporates for foreign press and so people in Portugal think the KKK has overtaken the country because they read a hyperventilating article by E. J. Dionne in the New York Times.
That is very true. We like to dramatize everything. I remember also when there were students protestations in Paris a few years ago. Some riots occured and on American TV, they would say "France is on fire" or "France in civil war' (and incidentally placing Paris in Spain on their maps).
Lately the French medias are talking about a few murders linked to mafia in Corsica, and they are already comparing Corsica to Napoli or Mexico, but they forget to mention that Corsica is like 10 times safer than Paris.