On the topic of funny cartoons, "Get your war on" (http://www.mnftiu.cc/mnftiu.cc/war.html) is occasionally hilarious.
On the topic of Murdoch papers - I was completely suprised with the Adelaide Advertiser today. Front page: "100,000 SAY NO TO WAR". Plus a 2-page spread on the march inside. Plus two anti-war editorials. And every single "Letter to the Editor" was anti-war. A bit weird for a Murdoch paper? Maybe they're doing it to make sure everyone who attended the march buys one to frame.
Seven News (Sydney edition) were like that, too, mentioning "record crowds" and suchlike. I think Seven News, and to a lesser extent Ten (who're probably further right) sway towards entertainment, and because the right-wing usually lends itself to such a cause better, they often end up being right-wing.When something interesting happens that they can't ignore, they won't try to frame it in a "the public are stupid" fashion, but will actually admit that there's a groundswell of anti-war opinion.
Re: Average American's View Of The Middle EastEr. to paraphrase what Jon Stewart said on The Daily Show (comedy central, US-based cable channel), Americans wouldn't be able to tell you half of the countries on that map because "we haven't bombed them yet".