Bolsonaro: a Monster Engineered by Our Media

Cook, Jonathan
Date Written:  2018-11-02
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23046

Jonathan Cook explains why the mainstream Western media prefer an extreme right-wing leader over one from the Left.



Despite their professed concern, the plutocrats and their media spokespeople much prefer a far-right populist like Trump or Bolsonaro to a populist leader of the genuine left. They prefer the social divisions fuelled by neo-fascists like Bolsonaro, divisions that protect their wealth and privilege, over the unifying message of a socialist who wants to curtail class privilege, the real basis of the elite’s power.

The true left - whether in Brazil, Venezuela, Britain or the US - does not control the police or military, the financial sector, the oil industries, the arms manufacturers, or the corporate media. It was these very industries and institutions that smoothed the path to power for Bolsonaro in Brazil, Viktor Orban in Hungary, and Trump in the US.

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