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The Art of the Artless Insinuation: Suppose Globo Blackmailed The Prosecutor …

GLOBO LIES: I have fact-checked a number of cases in which this claim proved absolutely true.

Marco Aurélio Mello — not to be confused with the Supreme Court Justice appointed by his cousin, President Collor de Mello — is a journalist trained at the São Bernado do Campo campus of the Methodist University of São Paulo, with a master’s degree in journalism from La Crosse University.

He currently works at Jornal da Record, a TV newscast of the Rede Record, archrival of the Rede Globo, and writes the blog DoLaDoDeLá (From the far side, the other side).

Record has been picking up a lot of dissident journalists fired from Globo for what Globo vehemently denies was a case of ideological incompatibility.

The rivalry between Globo, with its Opus Dei ties, and Record, which is owned by a very wealthy and powerful Protestant evangelical congregation, reminds one of the One Hunded Year Wars of Religion.

Mello, for example, was fired for refusing to sign an internal petition attesting to the journalistic integrity of Globo’s 2006 election coverage. A meeting was called with Globo Journalism Central director Ali Kamel:

O editor de economia do Jornal Nacional em SP, Marco Aurélio Mello, estava presente. Ele havia sido um dos jornalistas a se recusar a assinar o abaixo-assinado preparado por Kamel com o objetivo de negar que a Globo havia tentado influenciar o resultado das eleições.

Mello, São Paulo economics editor for the [[Globo Evening News With Mr. and Mrs. Boner]] … had been one of the journalists refusing to sign the Kamel petition, which denied that Globo had attempted to influence the outcome of the elections.

O jornalista, assim como outros que estiveram presentes à reunião, entendeu a atitude de Kamel como uma proposta de trégua. O diretor da Globo chegou a colocar seu endereço eletrônico à disposição da equipe e incentivou que escrevessem sempre que tivessem alguma reclamação.

Mello and others at the meeting believed tht Kamel was proposing a truce. Kamel even provided his e-mail to the team and urged them to write him with any complaints.

Then he fired them all. Mello had been the editor for Globo business anchor Franklin Martins, who was also fired — and ended up as the presidential press secretary, who in Brazil also has control of government advertising budgets.

Reportedly the government has since drastically reduced its TV advertising.

On Globo’s election coverage in 2006, see

I translate the transcript of a tape that captured journalists receiving a leak from a federal police agent. Some are overheard agreeing to proactively lie about their source because the agent is doing something illegal.

They also agree to Photoshop certain information out of an iconic photo of a mountain of money.

On the other hand, the federal minister of communications is still a former top Globo exec.

Maurelio produces an intriguing, teasing contrafactual insinuation about sleazy promiscuity among hypothetical politicized — Alberto Gonzalezified –prosecutors and the national press in São Paulo.

What he means to say is that José Blat of the MPE-SP — removed from the state organized crime task force during a criminal investigation of his extracurricular activities that was later dropped — is being blackmailed by Globo journalists.

Da série ficção, a preferida dos internautas. Digamos que no início dos anos 2000 eu tivesse sido procurado por um renomado advogado criminalista de São Paulo.

From the “fiction” series, so beloved of the internauts.

Let us suppose that early in the last decade I was approached by a renowned São Paulo criminal lawyer.

Digamos que ele me considerasse um interlocutor confiável a ponto de me contar alguma coisa e tentar obter de mim, em troca, alguma informação.

Let us suppose that he considered me such a reliable confidant that he told me something and then tried to obtain certain information in return.

Digamos que este renomado advogado criminalista estivesse defendendo um político polêmico que, ainda que assim o fosse, tivesse na letra morta da lei o direito de ampla defesa.

Let us suppose that this renowned criminal attorney was defending a controversial poltician who, although controversial, still had the right to an ample defense according to the dead letter of the law.

Digamos também que, na conversa, ele tenha relatado que o promotor tinha feito um acordo espúrio com a Corte do Cosme Velho, para solapar a carreira política da tal personalidade polêmica.

Let us further suppose that during our conversation he told me that the prosecutor had made a corrupt deal with the Court to undermine the political career of that controversial figure.

The “Court of Cosme Velho” is an obscure historical reference. Cosme Velho, in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, was once the residential neighborhood housing members of the imperial court.

Para sustentar as suspeitas, tivesse me revelado que tal promotor teria se enriquecido ilicitamente e que era alvo de uma discreta investigação por um dos órgãos do Governo à época.

Let us suppose that to back up these accusations he revealed to me that this prosecutor was engaged in illicit self-enrichment and was the target of a discrete investigation by an agency of the government.

Unfortunately, the online archives of the Díario Oficial (SP) only go back to 2003, and are extraordinarily difficult to accees.

The plastic fantastic e-negociospublicos, for example, poster child for government transparency, lacks a keyword search function, and throws more ASP.NET server errors than — well, than most ASP.NET servers.

Digamos, ainda, que a emissora tivesse tido acesso a material gravado por um de seus produtores especiais que comprovava a prática de crime pelo promotor, mas que teria feito acordo com ele para não divulgar a gravação em horário nobre, como fora o primeiro impulso.

Let us further suppose that a certain TV network had had access to material recorded by one of its special producers which proved the criminal activity of the prosecutor, but had made a deal with him not to air the tape in prime time, as was its first impulse.

Para encurtar a história, digamos que tenham me perguntado se eu conhecia a existência da gravação. Teria respondido que sim. Digamos que ele tivesse me perguntado se eu conhecia o teor. Teria dito que não.

To make a long story short, let us suppose that he asked me if I knew of the tape’s existence, and that I said yes. And that he asked if I knew what was on the tape, and I said no.

E digamos, por último, que ele tenha me perguntado se eu seria capaz de localizar tal material e tomar conhecimento da denúncia. Teria dito que não, porque a fita jazia sobre a mesa de um importante jornalista da emissora e não podia ser subtraída de lá, sem que ninguém percebesse.

Finally, let us suppose he asked me if I could locate this tape and learn its contents, to which I said no, because the tape was lying on the desk of a big-time journalist at the network and could not be removed without someone noticing.

Digamos que o promotor esteja na ativa até hoje, refém das organizações, em troca de proteção e factóides eventuais, distribuídos, primeiro, a uma revista semanal de esgoto e repercutido em rede nacional no principal telejornal da emissora.

Let us suppose that this prosecutor remains on the job down to the present day, held hostage to special interests in exchange for protection and the production of the odd factoid, distributed, let us say, to a yellow-journalistic weekly magazine and echoed by the prime time newscast of that same TV network.

See

Digamos que algum internauta viesse a me perguntar se isso acontece até hoje. Aí tenho que tergiversar: Nego, com veemência!

Suppose that some internaut were to ask me if this is still going on. At that point I would have to change the subject and deny it vehemently!

Someone has set up a form in which readers are invited to substitute proper names for the pronouns in this grim fairy tale. I have no idea who the politician in question could be myself, but the reference to Blat is pretty, well, Blatant.

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