Luis Nassif reflects on a notable backlash by online readers against a profile by Época magazine (Globo) of Brazilian federal judge Fausto de Sanctis.
- The Authoritarian Temptation of Dr. Fausto: “Dantas Judge Is Nazi-Inspired”
- Dantas Judge: “Dr. Fausto Is Not a Nazi”
The Época piece does appear to be a continuation of that character-assassination campaign. It begins
Aos 44 anos, separado, com fama de vaidoso, o juiz Fausto De Sanctis tem alguns traços de comportamento que o diferenciam da maioria das pessoas.
At 44 years of age, separated, with a reputation for vanity, Judge De Sanctis has some behavioral characteristics that make him different from the average person.
If I get a chance, I will translate the Época profile for you. It tends to pound heavily on the notion that the judge personally and his notions of justice are unorthodox, peculiar, alien, un-Brazilian, and so on and so forth.
I also had the impression it was a sleazy piece of carefully contrived character assassination dressed up as an inane People magazine-style profile. It repeats the “Fausto is a Nazi” meme. It cites only critics of the judge, and none of his defenders (or neutral parties).
Nassif, meanwhile, notes that the magazine’s Web site — recently opened to comments as the magazine merges operations with Globo’s Web portal, G1 — was deluged with infuriated responses from readers, almost unanimously excoriating the magazine and defending the judge:
A rebelião dos leitores da Época com a reportagem sobre De Sanctis caminha para se tornar um case na Internet. Os leitores de Época a vêem como uma espécie de antídoto para Veja. Com a linha editorial dos produtos da Globo entorpecida pelo continuado patrulhamento ideológico de Ali Kamel, no entanto, a revista não ousou ocupar esse espaço anti-Veja.
The rebellion of Época‘s online readers against the piece on De Sanctis is fast becoming one for the books. Época‘s readers tend to see it as a sort of antidote for Veja, but with the editorial line of Globo publications poisoned by close, continuous ideological oversight by [Globo Journalism Central executive director] Ali Kamel, the magazine does not dare try to occupy this “anti-Veja” role.
On Ali Kamel as a gabbling, factually-challenged, logic-chopping ideological propagandist, see
I find Época almost completely unreadable, and Época Negócios, its companion business weekly is one of the most egregious fonts of gibbering nonsense I have ever read.
(Abril’s business weekly Exame can actually be a somewhat useful read, if boiled thoroughly first — proving that pockets of intelligent life do exist at the publishing house.)
A matéria colocou cacos ironizando o juiz. A rebelião dos leitores foi ampla, de uma virulência desproporcional ao teor da matéria, uma enchente de leitores indignados que, em pouco tempo, lotaram a seção de comentários da revista armados da chamada ira santa. Alguns hackers se valeram da falta de filtros da revista para direcionar as mensagens ou para a Carta Capital ou para a série O Caso de Veja.
The article introduced elements designed to mock the judge. The revolt on the part of readers was ample, their anger disproportional to the contents of the article, a veritable flood of indignant readers who in short order filled the comments section of the magazine with what might be called holy wrath. A few hackers took advantage of the Web site’s lack of filters to redirect the messages either to CartaCapital magazine or to my series on Veja magazine.