The blog Desculpe Nossa Falha — «pardon our failure», a satirical pun directed at the alleged systematic bias of the Folha de S. Paulo — interviews Franklin Martins, former Globo news commentator and minster of social communication during the second Lula adminstration.
The office is a somewhat peculiar mixture of press secretary and government advertising contractor.
During the military dictatorship, Martins joined the armed underground as comrade Valdir of the MR-8 guerrilla group. He is still barred from entering the U.S. — the group kidnapped the American embassador in 1969. Uncle Sam does not forgive and forget. Just ask Fidel.
Sam should probably get over it, however, judging from the Cablegate files from the embassy and consulates in Brazil, which tend to converse with a limited spectrum of political opinion.
Check: Is that a fair account? Can you develop a spreadsheet of sources cited in the cables?
Martins is a savvy inside source on policy proposals include those affecting U.S. interests. These people are running the show now, best find a way to dialogue and close the credibility gap. (more…)