Analysis: As Brazil cracks down on fake news, Bolsonaro’s new move is straight out of Trump’s playbook
While media and academia spend much of their time arguing over what to call it, the truth is that everything that is happening in the Western world is driven by what you call it.
As Brazil cracks down on fake news, Bolsonaro’s new move is straight out of Trump’s playbook
As the world ponders the latest scandal to befall Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, we should also consider the US.
After Donald Trump took aim at the media on Twitter, he immediately ordered up a story about what it was that was allegedly fake news about him that was published this week.
It was a story that alleged Bolsonaro’s ex-wife was given special treatment by the Brazilian government, which would be a violation of Brazil’s constitution, which prohibits discrimination based on gender.
As is often the case, the story was sourced entirely to the website of Brazil’s biggest newspaper, O Globo. And it came in the form of an unverified account and included only a few key facts, like this one, which reads: “The former president was able to get a federal judge named Ivan Delgado Ramos to suspend the process, which means the Supreme court was not involved.”
To complete the picture, the story also included a link to an image of the federal judge’s picture. It was captioned: “It is worth mentioning that the president’s ex-wife Marielle Franco, the president’s sister, is a deputy of Ana Cristina Baiano, the president’s daughter and also a senator.”
What does this even have to do with fake news? It has everything to do with it.
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