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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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[Subscribe to Glenn Greenwald] Glenn Greenwald is a journalist,former constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law. His most recent book, "No Place to Hide," is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. His forthcoming book, to be published in April, 2021, is about Brazilian history and current politics, with a focus on his experience in reporting a series of expose's in 2019 and 2020 which exposed high-level corruption by powerful officials in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which subsequently attempted to prosecute him for that reporting.

Foreign Policy magazine named Greenwald one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. He was the debut winner, along with "Democracy Now's" Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work breaking the story of the abusive (more...)
 

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