Daniel Valente Dantas. Graphic: Veja magazine, May 2006, when it reported: “Daniel Dantas has a list that may show illegal offshore bank accounts controlled by the president and party bigwigs.” Veja had plenty of evidence that “almost certainly does not” was the word to use instead of “may.” Ecce Veja.
“Our target acts in a highly strategic manner. When we seized his laptop (at his home), there were handwritten notes: At the federal police, go see so-and-so, talk to so-and-so. In the courts, go see so-and-so. For the journalist, we will hire Mangabeira to approach the news media. It was all charted out there.”
The Brazilian news media is overrun with information, presented as journalistic reporting, whose principle motivation is to serve the commercial interests of third parties, without the reader, viewer, listener or Internet user being made aware of this. –Ricardo Kaufmann
Satiagraha: Documentos apreendidos mostram que propinas chegariam a R$ 18 milhões: In the case of Daniel Valente “The Quiet Brazilian” Dantas, leaks continue to dribble out from the recording of a three-hour meeting between federal police leadership and the lead investigator in the case.
Over the weekend, Veja magazine, echoed by the Estado de S. Paulo and Folha de S. Paulo, published very highly selective excerpts from the conversation in which the investigator was interpreted as admitting he bugged the Supreme Court to obtain information on Dantas’ legal defense strategy.
The recordings were delivered to federal legislator Raul Jungmann last week — I know I read that, in Noblat and Josias de Souza, the Hedda Hoppers of Brazilian online disse que disse cut-and-paste journalism, I think — although Veja (typically) does not state a source for its information on their contents.
Today, O Globo lets another (sensational) aspect of the recordings dribble out: the police at the meeting discussed alleged evidence that R$18 million in bribes were paid to politicians, judges and journalists by the Dantas organization.
If that were really true — the version of the preliminary report that leaked out referred to an appendix specifically on the so-called “Dantas communications system” –I wonder what journalists got bribed?
It seems astonishing that a news organization (Veja, for example) with access to the full conversation would only report information helpful to Dantas’ defense while pointedly omitting information not necessarily helpful to it.
Or it might seem astonishing, if you were not familiar with the sort of so-called journalism practiced at the Editora Abril’s flagship newsweekly.
A verdict is expected shortly on charges that the Dantas organization attempted to pay off a federal police agent for US$1 million to keep it out of the so-called Satyagraha case and incriminate a business rival. The agent reportedly set up a sting operation and filmed the bribe being negotiated, Abscam style.
RIO – Documentos apreendidos na Operação Satiagraha indicam a existência de um esquema que movimentava R$ 18 milhões apenas em propinas para políticos, juizes e jornalistas. A revelação foi feita pelo delegado Carlos Eduardo Pelegrini Magro, um dos responsáveis pelo inquérito que resultou na prisão do banqueiro Daniel Dantas, durante reunião de três horas com a cúpula da Polícia Federal, no dia 14 de julho. Os registros desse encontro começaram a ser publicados pelo GLOBO no último sábado
Documents seized during Operation Satyagraha indicate the existence of a scheme that paid out R$18 million in bribes to politicians, judges and journalists. The revelation was made by federal police investigator Carlos Eduardo Pelegrini Magro, one of the investigators in the case that led to the arrest of banker Daniel Dantas, during a three hour meeting with senior federal police officials on July 14. The transcripts of this meeting began to be published in O Globo last Saturday.
Apparently, O Globo is edited by the same people that produce the media conglomerate’s TV soap operas.
Rather than giving it to you all at once, they feel the need to keep the reader in suspense. Will Débora flash her tits as promised? Tune in for the next episode! Same bat time! Same bat channel!
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