MEDIA

Beauty and the Beast

Since the emergence of what would come to be called "Lava Jato" in 2009, every honest political commentator has been clear: the operation was designed to reach ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula...

“Brasil has Five or Six Fox News Channels”

On April 28, 2017, hundreds of cities and towns across Brasil ground to a halt, as the Western Hemisphere's largest General Strike of the 21st Century paralyzed their transport grids. In São...

This is Hell Radio: Chuck Mertz Interviews Brian Mier 8/4/17

Chuck Mertz: I am going to start by getting you angry about the New York Times. There have been protests of late in Brazil, but according to the New York Times...

#15M: The Big Hush

When an estimated one million people took to the streets across Brazil on #15M - March 15 2017, to protest Michel Temer's unelected Government and their radical reforms to pensions and...

“Semi-Fictional” Drama or Propaganda? Lava Jato comes to Netflix

In 2016, with Dilma Rousseff's impeachment underway, a rumour spread that actor Wagner Moura, regular collaborator with director Jose Padilha, had refused the role of Lava Jato Prosecuting Judge and self-styled national saviour,...

‘TV Globo: Beyond Citizen Kane’ Documentary

Beyond Citizen Kane (1993) is a British documentary film directed by Simon Hartog, produced by John Ellis, and first broadcast on Channel 4. It details the dominant position of the Rede Globo...

Something changed.

This week, embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff invited correspondents from large global media organisations, some of which her administration had previously snubbed, to a special press conference to address International Media about...

Collapsing Narrative – The Week The World Noticed Brasil’s Coup

A momentous week in Brasil was also one where the dominant international narrative shifted from widespread depiction of a "Heroic Impartial Anti-Corruption Campaign" (If you question the method you're defending thieves)...

O Colapso Da Narrativa – A Semana Em Que O Mundo Percebeu O Golpe

A última semana foi crucial na cobertura da imprensa internacional sobre a crise política no Brasil. O discurso sobre a “heroica e imparcial campanha contra a corrupção” (afinal de contas, questionar...

Jean Wyllys: Where is Journalism?

The news coverage of the demonstrations last Sunday and Friday in much of the media, especially Globo and Globo News, seriously confused journalism with propaganda. Let's look at some examples: In demonstrations on...

‘Carnaval Is Cancelled’ & 6 Other Brazilian Apocalyptic Favourites

Why is it that everything that happens in Brasil seems to be reported like an existential threat & why do foreign outlets so often get it so wrong? Here's some examples from the...

A Doutrina do Choque no Brasil

"Só uma crise, real ou percebida, produz uma mudança real." - Milton Friedman. (Originalmente publicado em Inglês 22/6/15) O ano de 2015 está sendo terrível para o Brasil: uma conjuntura econômica mundial desfavorável,...

Decoding Datena

“Entertainment has superseded the provision of information; human interest has supplanted the public interest; measured judgement has succumbed to sensationalism.” Bob Franklin (Newszak and News Media, 1997)  Midweek 6pm, central São Paulo:...

Fait Accompli: The Cheerleaders for Impeachment

In September Bloomberg covered a Brazilian elite NYC fundraising gala which it sponsored along with Goldman Sachs, BrazilFoundation (linked to BlackRock Inc) and KAR Properties, a developer who specialises in selling Miami condominiums to...

Narcos: South of the Border

Narcos is not a documentary and purely as televisual entertainment it is difficult to dislike. It is directed by the talented Brazilian José Padilha (Bus 174, Tropa de Elite) and also featuring...

The Problem With Veja…

A toxic rag with an agenda that goes far beyond journalism. - Jon Lee Anderson, veteran reporter at the New Yorker. Last week football legend turned senator Romário Faria made a special announcement...

Brasil’s Shock Doctrine

"Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change." - Milton Friedman. Brasil is having a horrible 2015; a far less favourable global economic situation, a number of policy misjudgements made early in President Rousseff's...

The Pajero Paradox

"Latin America" is not a country. It is a vast region of the Earth with parallel indigenous & colonial histories, independence struggles, mostly common language, but with very distinct national identities, often...

The Economist & Brasil: A Love Story

The Economist holds an unusual position in the Brazilian media landscape, it is frequently featured on front pages of major conservative dailies and has a formal partnership with lone-voice centre-left weekly Carta...

Stats, Maps & Havaianas

You might have seen this odd map popping up in your timelines over the past few weeks, a map purporting to reveal the principal interests of each country, based on "Google...

Echoes in the Echo Chamber: Brasil, Elections, Media & the Ghosts of ’64.

"There's an unwritten understanding amongst Foreign Correspondents that the U.S. wants PSDB in power." - Foreign Correspondent, São Paulo, 22/6/2013 Originally published March 2015. As we discussed in the article 'Brasil’s Citizen Kanes'...

Is Brasil becoming an Algorithmocracy?

A world constructed from the familiar is a world in which there’s nothing to learn, since there is invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas. - Eli Pariser, author of 'The...

Brasil’s Citizen Kanes

Brasil has a healthy and noisy media landscape; from sophisticated daily papers and weekly magazines comparable to any in Europe, right through to trashy supermarket rags like you see across the...
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