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Grey Propaganda | Taking IT to the Streets


From the Estado de S. Paulo:

The mainstream Brazilian press never disappoints those who expect nothing from it.

Consider the case of Rogério Chequer, the new hero of the right.

The Estado de S. Paulo  interviews an unusually frank lobbyist who describes how he plans to mount a grey propaganda campaign involving modest protest cells VPR and the REVOLTADOS, in an effort to go viral.

The Vem Pra Rua was created this year by Chequer and a man known by the codename  Colin Butterfield …

In recent weeks, Chequer has been an ubiquitous presence in magazines and newspapers thanks to an infallible method for attracting the spotlights: bashing the federal government.

Chequer, 46, is the apparent leader of an obscure movement known as Vem Pra Rua — [Bring It] To the Streets.

Now, VPR is ruminating a call for the impeachment of Dilma for reasons as shady as the group itself.

The essential question a reader should expect to see addressed in media coverage, is this: Who is this Chequer guy, who believes he can cancel the preferences of 54 million voters?

Stratfor? What for?

chequer dcm

One item in his biography deserves our full attention.

But does the media provide it? It ignores it.

In a WikiLeaks document, Chequer turns up as having ties to Stratfor, a private American intelligence agency known as a “second choice CIA.”

Let us see.

Chequer is not exactly an employee of McDonalds or Disney.

Stratfor supplies geopolitical intelligence to companies and American government agencies.

choicesChequer recently made an appearance on [the local version of “Meet The Press”] Roda Viva, presided over by the Brad Pitt choicesof Taquaritinga (Agusto Nunes).

Not a single journalist, much less the moderator, asked a single question about Stratfor.choices

Chequer also granted an interview with journalist Pedro Dias Leite of Veja magazine. Once again: no mention of Stratfor.

Journalistic standards in this case were upheld in the only territory genuinely free in the Brazilian media: the Internet.

At Tijolaço, the blogger Fernando Brito –- one of the finest writers of the British press corps, by the way — offered society the opportunity to know that Chequer apparently worked for Stratfor.

Chequer has had difficulties explaining the finances of VPR.

Thanks to the incompetence (or bad faith) of the Brazilian press, however, he was even able to weasel out of an even more complex issue: his partnership in a company often compared to [having possible contractual ties with] the CIA.

Recently, Chequer met with the founder of REVOLTADOS, business executives Marcello Reis. He denies, however, that the conversation touched on the possibility of joint action.

The two founders of VPR sought to create a space in which people could express their indignation with the government. They created a Facebook page, which today has 16,000 followers. Chequer says the movement has 80 collaborators producing materials and staging protests.

The group survives on voluntary donations and has no partisan ties.”We lack a physical presence at the moment, but we soon will have.”

It has no income but it can afford a call and social media center with 80 operators. Hmmm.