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Brazil Media Celebrates Vote for Rousseff’s Impeachment

Brazilian media giants such as O’Globo have been accused of acting more like political parties than media outlets in the lead-up to the impeachment vote.
Brazil’s largest media giants celebrated the fact that President Dilma Rousseff is one step closer to facing impeachment on their front pages on Monday, laying bare once again the blatant anti-government political interests of the country’s highly concentrated media.
The daily newspaper O’Globo, Latin America’s largest media conglomerate, owned by and aligned with the country’s dictatorship-linked economic elite, published a front page with the headline “Near the end.”
Folha de Sao Paulo openly cheered the outcome of Sunday’s vote in favor of impeachment for Rousseff with the fully capitalized title “Impeachment!” and a subhead noting that Vice President Michel Temer, who will take over from Rousseff if she is suspended, spoke of “great responsibility” in light of the decision.
Finally, the daily newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo ran the front page headline “Impeachment advances” with coverage of a “historic” congressional session.
The coverage comes after the 513-member lower house of Congress voted 367 to 137 in favor of the impeachment. Seven lawmakers abstained and two did not show up to vote. Rousseff’s supports needed 172 votes to block the impeachment from going forward.
The vote will now pass to the senate to determine whether to open an investigation against Rousseff on route to possible removal from office. If approved by the senate, the president will be suspended from office and Vice President Michel Temer, facing low approval ratings and corruption charges, will step in to fill the country’s top office.
In the lead-up to Sunday’s contentious and polarizing vote in in Congress, major Brazilian media outlets were accused of “coup-mongering” and manipulating the country’s massive corruption problem to whip up public support in favor of booting the government from office.
Although high-profile opposition figures, including lower house speaker and impeachment campaign leader Eduardo Cunha, are deeply embroiled in corruption, mainstream media coverage has disproportionately focused on Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and their Workers’ Party.
Importantly, Rousseff is not accused of corruption for personal enrichment, and the alleged charges that she manipulated budgets in 2014 were scarcely mentioned in Sunday’s marathon Congress vote, which Germany’s Die Ziet described as a “carnival.”
About 60 percent of the members of Brazil’s Congress face major charges for corruption and other crimes such as bribery, electoral fraud, kidnapping, and more.
Brazil’s Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo called the vote in favor of impeachment a “coup” against the Rousseff government and a form of political revenge.

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