"[US media culture] ... promotes a sort of anti-intellectual ... contempt for those that are well educated, we call them elitists or bi-coastal liberals ..."
It's not elitist to assume everyone in the US who is well educated lives in the coastal states?
Because when I think back on all the US pop culture I've been exposed to over my lifetime (as a kiwi growing up in a kind of neo-colony outside that culture), almost all of it encodes exactly that assumption; that the coastal states are smart and cultured (or at least hip), and the inland states are full of dumb, crude (and maybe dangerous) hicks. From Deliverance to Young Sheldon.
@cjd I've become more sympathetic to that POV throughout my lifetime. I grew up in a family with great respect for indigenous tradition, and the more I think about other kinds of traditional communities through that lense, the more cautious I get about the whole 'modernize everything yesterday' and 'burn the world and build on the ashes' attitudes.