Photo: Autumn Sonnichsen/ Divulgação Playboy
Wearing high heels and covered in dollar bills, the former lover of the currency trader [Youssef] appears on the cover of the January edition of Playboy posing in hotel rooms and private jets. She told the magazine that she was “the first person he messaged after he was arrested.”
As I have noted before, every knock down drag out political scandal has its muse or poster child — a figure, usually an attractive woman who, to coin a phrase, “lays bare the facts” or some such analogy as that.
As Veja and Playboy are both Abril publications, it is not difficult to imagine how Taiana became the Goddess of Truth. Create a poster child with scandalous overtones Divert attention from other significant aspects of the case until you can measure the results and decide how — and against whom — to proceed.
Mountains of Money
This meme is a close cousin to the Mountain of Money concept in South American news media, itself a corollary to the Perp Walk — a standard procedure for Brazilian police.
In Ecuador several years ago in an election won by the leftist Rafael Correa, the viciousness of the smear campaign by the local media was astonishing. Mobilized against Correa, Ecuadoran TV and radio in general have to be seen to be believed , as is, or was, the case in Venezuela.
A case I remember well was an anti-Chavist talk show host who displayed a parking lot full of colorful HMMVVVs and identified them as constituting bribes to members of the government. A clever researcher was able to pin down the exact location of the photo — a HMMMVV dealership in Southern California. A sign was crudely Photoshopped in an attempt to identify the parking lot as government property in Venezuela. Grotesque.
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