The Listening Post (Lead) – Dilma Rousseff: Caught in the media firestorm

From the Amazon jungle to Brazil’s business capital, millions of protesters have taken to the streets demanding the removal and impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva.

Finding herself in the grip of Brazil’s biggest and most shocking scandal to date, known locally as Operacao Lava Jato, or Operation Car Wash, prosecutors have uncovered what they say is a billion-dollar corruption scandal at oil giant Petrobras which dates back to Rousseff’s time as chair.

With the scandal touching many people in Rousseff’s inner circle, and growing anger following the release of tapped phone calls between Rousseff and Lula, her left-leaning Workers’ Party has complained that Brazil’s mainstream media – monopolised by right-wing conglomerates – is using the scandal as a means to pursue political objectives.

Talking us through the Rousseff story and the media’s role in Brazil’s political crisis are: Pepe Escobar, a journalist and author; Joao Feres, a media analyst; Chico Amaral, an executive editor at the O Globo newspaper; and Carolina Matos, a lecturer at City University, London.

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