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Brazil's Big Media Ignores Temer's Confession -- Except Estadao Columnist Who Falsely Claimed Video Was Altered

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THE INTERCEPT BRASIL'S Inacio Vieira yesterday reported one of the most significant pieces of evidence yet about the real reason for the impeachment of Brazil's elected president, Dilma Rousseff.

Speaking to a group of U.S. business and foreign policy elites, the country's installed president, Michel Temer, admitted that what triggered the impeachment process was not any supposed "budgetary crimes," but rather Dilma's opposition to the neoliberal platform of social program cuts and privatization demanded by Temer's party and the big-business interests that fund it.

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But what's as revealing as Temer's casual acknowledgement of coup-type motives is how Brazil's large media -- which is united in favor of impeachment -- has completely ignored his comments. Literally not one of Globo's countless media properties, nor the nation's largest newspaper, Folha, nor any of the nation's large political magazines have even mentioned these stunning and incriminating remarks from the country's president. They've imposed a total blackout. While numerous independent journalists and websites have reported Temer's admission, none of Brazil's major media outlets have uttered a word about it.

The only exception to this wall of silence was a columnist from the right-wing newspaper Estadao, Lucia Guimaraes, who spent several hours on Twitter yesterday completely humiliating herself in a spirited attempt to deny that Temer actually said this. She began by insinuating that The Intercept Brasil made a suspicious "cut" in the video that altered reality -- basically accusing Vieira of committing fraud without the slightest evidence, all to protect Temer.

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