An effective and complete if awkwardly translated critique of recent coverage of the ex-president and his Clintonesque speaking and academic honors career, contrasting with recent partisan propaganda depicting Lula in prison stripes or scowling in perp-walk police-style dossiers.
Even if the journalist’s thesis could not be proven, the article will not be thoroughly reexamined and will get published. At “best”, the answers given by the people and organizations involved will be placed at the end of the story, yet this part will not be available online (and most often is not carefully examined by journalists with other news companies providing the “repercussion” of the fact). It is done like that because, first, the magazine would have no other story with which to replace it and, second, because this could affect the political impact, as well as the repercussion, on other print media and on social media.
That was exactly what Época did. It got in touch with Instituto Lula, from Brasília, three hours before the magazine closed. There were two options: speak on the phone or by email. The president of Instituto Lula, Paulo Okamotto, in order to make it possible to record the questions by and answers to the magazine, opted for answering by email, regretting that there was no possibility of clarifying the magazine’s doubts personally .
It is worth noting that Época either did not listen to or failed to record the other side of all those mentioned in the story. It quotes and publishes photos of two foreign heads of state, John Dramani Mahama, from Ghana, and Danilo Medina, from the Dominican Republic, both democratically elected and representatives of their respective countries. And yet it failed to listen to them, or to their embassies in Brazil.
This is so much more absurd because, in theory, magazine Época should comply with the “Editorial Principles of the Globo Group” , of which it is part, and which were announced to millions of Brazilians on its [Globo’s] nationwide news program Jornal Nacional.
As the magazine seems not to respect journalism, diplomats, Dominican or Ghanaian heads of state, or Brazilian former ministers and former heads of state, it is wise to take heed of the recommendation by an American, Joseph Pulitzer, regarding the social damages of poor journalistic practice. “A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.”
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