Veja Is Sorry


This we know  so far:

In the early hours of Sunday, Veja published the right of reply granted by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) with respect to the magazine’s cover in its last edition.

The article said that President Dilma and former president Lula knew of a corruption scheme at state-owned Petrobras.

Judge Admar Gonzaga, of the TSE, granted a right of response, arguing that the publication “failed to take care” and that it made the accusation in an offensive tone. “It is easy to see that  Veja ventured far outside its right to inform, taking an offensive stance and failing to take the simplest rules of journalism.

Read the entire text of the Rousseff campaign:

“Brazilian democracy is confronted once again, on the eve of a manifestation of the popular will, with a group that attempts to influence the election by running empty accusations, lacking any connection with reality, to distribute disinformation  about the PT.

The “With the Power of the People” campaign marched to condemn this conduct and to reiterate that the article returns to the tactics of the first round, where they were condemned  by seven electoral magistrates for having made accusations lacking any basis in fact.

The publication present a supposed deposition by [black market "dollar man"] Alberto Youssef, as part of a plea bargain already under way, in order to implicate Dilma and Lula

As it happens, the attorney representing Yousseff, Antônio Figueiredo Basto, rejects this story, saying that since all the statements were attended by him or his team, none of whom overheard anything the story told by Veja.


Globo | The Rape of the Deadlock

They Knew: They Brazilian "Silver Bullet"

They Knew: They Brazilian “Silver Bullet”


Source: GGN

Author: Luis Nassif

Tonight at 8:oo p.m., a journalistic crime and an assault on democracy. Tonight at 8:00 p.m, the nightly Jornal Nacional will allocate between 5 and 10 minutes to coverage of false information published by Veja magazine.

That seems about right, if not more.

What can we do?First, we need to understand that our Constitution (and our democracy) cannot abide prior restraint [on expression]. But the absence of prior restraint also requires the news media to weigh the consequences of publishing information as a form of inhibiting errors and crimes [such as fraud].In Brazil, there is no prior censorship, but there is no urgency in foreseeing the consequences of inaccuracies. This is what explains the never-ending rape of the truth in our media.O Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) allows the right of reply. As it happens, however, this is a right of reply that can only be exercised on Monday, after the results are tabulated.Attorneys for the Workers Party ought to take their case to the TSE and petition for an injunction with an attendant right of response.

They Knew: They Brazilian "Silver Bullet"

They Knew: They Brazilian “Silver Bullet”

It would go something like this: A spokesperson for Dilma would be available in the Jornal Nacional studio at  Globo.When the report based on the Veja factoid begins, the Dilma spokesperson would be given the same amount of time to present the campaign’s rebuttal.This is not some conventional judicial ruling. It has all the legal elements to be ordered by the TSE.

Update, 8:44 p.m. — footage of protesters heaving offal at the Editora Abril building on the fragrant Pinheiros River. Now Bonner is presenting a series of disconnected documents, with an even longer series of talking head moments with the opposition candidate, who is consistently saddened by the decay of civility à brasileira.

Does the presence of picket signs bearing the Veja cover — printed two days in advance of its usual deadline — mean that Veja has some arrangement with street organizations?

Veja “Silver Bullet” Cover Censored

They Knew: They Brazilian "Silver Bullet"

«They Knew: The Brazilian “Silver Bullet.”» Source:”

Source: Rede Brasil Atual.

São Paulo – On October 24,  Judge Admar Gonzaga, of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, approved an injunction against the Editorial Abril publishing group, prohibiting it from publishing political advertising from its most recent print edition as well as its radio, TV, billboards and paid internet propaganda.

But I already have a copy — I steal Veja from dentist offices. I have been tainted.

The report in question stated that president Dilma Rousseff, who is standing for reelection, and former presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reportedly were aware of the corruption scheme inside Petrobras.

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Sensus Con Sensus?


Update: Isto É magazine and Sensus are reiterating their prognostications today, 25 October, two days before the election.


… Although  Dilma had celebrated victory in 2 of 3 Brazilian cities in the first turn of the election, the sampling methods used by the marketing juggernauts, it is reported, were cities favorable to both candidates in equal measure.

After Ibope and Datafolha indicated a technical tie between  Aécio Neves (PSDB) and Dilma Rousseff (PT) in the search for a second-round victory, with a numerical advantage to the Toucan candidate, the Sensus market research firm, published in Isto É on October 11, reported an advantage of 17 points over the PT candidate, gladdening the hearts of Toucan supporters  and shocking Rousseff supporters.

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Dilma-Aécio | The Blame Game and the Silver Bullet


Comparing the Lula-Collor debates in 1993 to the present day. O Globo behaved in an extremely corrupt manner that year. Viva Brizola.

Comparing the Lula-Collor debates in 1993 to the present day. O Globo behaved in an extremely corrupt manner that year. Viva Brizola.

Sunday is Sambodian Election Day, which makes today a heavy day for press coverage of the campaign, culminating in the presidential debate on TV Globo.

By the way, I tend to go to sleep at nine — the debate starts at 22:30 — and would appreciate it if the network would move the event into a prime time position.

What strikes me is the apparently lackadaisical search for, as they say here, “the silver bullet” — we call it the “October surprise.”

The major dailies and portals spend most of their time handicapping the candidates like a bum with 15 weeks of AA chips in line at the OTB. Coverage consists disproportionately of polling numbers.

The same old nonsense.

In the meantime, Veja magazine appears ready to launch one of its crusades for freedom of expression –“Fire!” in a crowded theater –perhaps hoping for a marketing bump from the pity effect … But what I cannot get my head around is the event or statement that will turn this into a real debate.

Source: CartaCapital

In the last installment of her TV campaign, airing today (October 24) President and candidate for reelection Dilma Rousseff announced that she would sue Veja magazine, the Abril Group newsweekly, over the publication of  “false accusations” in the Veja issue datelined today.

This because in its last issue, prior to the silent period in the first round of the elections, it reported that former president Lula and Dilma knew of the corruption scheme inside Petrobras. According to Dilma, the magazine “presented not a shred of truth” and committed an “act of electoral terrorism.”

“I would like to close my campaign on a more positive note, but I cannot stand by as Veja commits this act of electoral terrorism. The voters all know about the systematic campaign that Veja mounted during the Lula administration and now against me, but now it has  exceeded the limits (…) by insinuating that I had prior knowledge of wrongdoing at Petrobras. Veja publishes this barbaric lie without presenting a shred of evidence. This is absurd, and it is a crime. Veja will fail to prove its lack of criminal intent. It will not go unpunished,” Dilma said.

Dilma also remarked that Veja rescheduled its most recent edition “with the bad faith intention of interfering with the election results.” In a news report, Veja bases its report on a statement supposedly made by the black market currency operator Aberto Yousseff in an interrogation with the federal police and states’ attorey. Sought out by dailies like the Estado de S. Paulo and O Globo, however, the attorney for Yousseff denied ever saying such a thing.

“I never overheard anything to suggest that they (Lula as President and Dilma as cabinet minister) had any knowledge of the corruption scheme. I have not seen that deposition and do not know its contents,”said an associate of Yousseff in the cases, Antonio Figueiredo Basto.


Extra! Extra! | An Observatory of the Headline

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Manchetômetro  | For 20 years a tracking tool for favorable, neutral and unfavorable press on the front pages of the principal media organizations in Brazil. It is not to be mistaken with voter polling, but it does provide ammunition to media critics who refer to the mainstream press as “the party of [coup-plotting propaganda]” (PIG)  Continue reading

Get Out of Jail Free | “Clean Slate” Law Tested

Electoral Free-For-All!

Electoral Free-For-All!

I sometimes think of the courageous, though not very affable, Élio Gaspari as something of a Chris Hitchens paulista, but such analogies hardly ever clarify what they are meant to. At any rate, at odds with myself, I resolved to translate a recent viewspaper essay on the current election race, currently mulling over last week’s debates and preparing this week’s.

In her latest debate with Aécio Neves, Dilma Rousseff enumerated a number of scandals involved the rival Toucan party, the PSDB. “The Sivam Affair”, “The pink folder”, “Buying votes to reelect Cardoso,” the “monthly payola of Minas Gerais,” and “The alleged siphoning of funds destined for the São Paulo subway.” 

Who is responsible for such cases? Where are they? All enjoying their freedom, every one of them, down to the present day. Elio Gaspari surveyed these corruption cases in his regular column in the Folha de S. Paulo [as follows]:

Dilma did not lock the doors of the prison at Papuda,* and it was not Aécio who liberated his partisan allies**, but this seems like a good place to start the conversation.

In the mediocre debates held at TV Bandeirantes and SBT [last week], In which Dilma Rousseff seemed to be campaigning against FHC (Cardoso) while Aécio Neves seemed to be running for reelection in Minas, there was one very interesting moment: Dilma’s jeremiad on the five Toucans who are “back out on the streets,” “in perfect liberty.”

He pointed to signs of corruption in the PT organization and she responded with five PSDB-related scandals of her own: the Sivam affair, the pink folder, the buying of votes to enable the second mandate of FHC, the “Monthly Payola of Minas Gerais,” and the trains and subways scandals highlighted in last month’s street protests. As Dilma ticked off the question for each name on the list, asking, “and where are they now,” she answered, “[enjoying their freedom.]

It was not Dilma who raised the issue, it was the judiciary that put the “Papuda benches” — [under penal law, some can qualify to work outside the prison, as Zé Dirceu is doing].

Lula and the PT commissariat lent all the support they could to their comrades, but it was Justice that sentenced these miscreants to Papuda Prison, not the President. Lula and the PT commissariat provided all possible solidarity, including those who declared themselves “political prisoners.” But Aécio himself was not involved in the five scandals in Minas Gerais, and the suspects remain at large. They received this benefit because the Public Ministry (state’s attorney) could not place them in handcuffs. The Toucanate favored them with different degrees of solidarity and silence.

According to the line assumed by both candidates, it would betray an ignorance of manners to depict the confrontation in such Manichean terms. The sad fact of it is that both sides have truth on their side in the context of specific cases. The good news is that both promise to change the script.

And so, Dr. Dilma listed the five major Toucan scandals, all of them dating back to the last century and unpunished down to the present date. These are worth remembering.

Despite all the low-brow campaigning that the PT set in motion during this, the second turn of the national elections, it no longer resembles the party capable of reducing its campaigning to the lowest level possible. During a rally on Saturday in Belo Horizonte it was clear that factions within the party have no respect for ethical limits. In an activity organized by the PT in Minas Gerais, the personal attacks on the candidate Neves because extreme at some points. Adjectives used against the Top Toucan were “evil thing,” a “boor,” a “mama’s boy” and a “playboy,” “a brat” and “despicable.”

I have been known to refer to George W. Bush as a “chimp.”

Where do I go to pay my fine?

Awaiting the  arrival of former president Lula for a Dilma campaign event, the master of ceremonies of the event read a message by the psychologist, who calls herself a “human rights specialist.” The text is replete with violent attacks on the Toucan man: It insinuates that Aécio has used drugs, is “a habitual abuser of women,” has been detained for driving drunk and has interfered in a number of corruption cases.

The psychologist “diagnoses” Aécio as a megalomaniac, which she once again links to the use of drugs. “Megalomania is a psychological syndrome in which the subject experiences delusions of grandeur, power and superiority. This is very characteristics of bipolar affective disorder. The user of drugs exacerbates and amplifies this scenario.” The gathering of activists greeted the text with an ovation.


Yes, but where is the Selfie showing Neves slaloming down a virgin trail of Medellin’s finest poweder? As my wife noted the other evening, the political climate is reminiscent of the Collor debacle, and a PSDB victory might do more damage than a loss with a candidate like Aécio. His youth-age, innovation-inertia scheme seens incoherent for a number of reasons.  A plague of “#playboy” could be the death of his chances.


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