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How US media views them: A necessary right-wing counterbalance against the left-wing Democratic Party.
How the world views them: Right-wing even by national right-wing standards. The US "left-wing" is considered right-wing by many.
The Republican Party can be funny from a distance, but it's frightening that their actions are considered normal political discourse. It takes audacity to vote against Hurricane Sandy aid or threaten to blow up the world economy over not-universal health care. And Obama barely even qualifies as left-wing, so the media's obsession with false balance only serves to shift the Overton window more and more right-wing by accommodating the Republican's anti-Obama hysteria.
Also, Republican rhetoric has infected Canada through the Calgary School that spawned our modern Conservative Party. So that's more reason to be peeved at them.