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The risks of letting Jair Bolsonaro hijack the news in Brazil

A constant stream of controversial statements allows Jair Bolsonaro to dictate the Brazilian news cycle, and draw attention away from his government's failings

The risks of letting Jair Bolsonaro hijack the news in Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro talks to reporters. Photo: EBC

Since Jair Bolsonaro took office as president, it seems as if Brazil is living in a never-ending crisis loop. The press barely has time to analyze one controversy before another is launched from the presidential palace. However, it appears there is method to the government’s madness.

Mr. Bolsonaro has put outrage at the center of his political platform—meaning he is the ideal figure for the social media age. Whether it be adoration or disgust, everyone who’s talking politics on Facebook or Twitter is talking about Jair Bolsonaro.

And the same goes for the press, too.

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