Given the fragility of the main opposition candidate for president, the media took responsibility for attacking the Lula’s, Dilma Rousseff, in an attempt to secure the second round of elections.
The latest opinion poll published this weekend showed that, despite accusations of violation of tax secrecy of the Serra’s daughter, Rousseff remains far ahead in the race, with 50% of the vote against 27% of the opposition. This after a week of intense accusations against the government in the electoral propaganda, which is aired on radio and TV.
On the same day that the survey was published, the country’s leading weekly magazine hit newsstands on the cover bringing a serious charge of corruption against the minister Erenice Guerra, an early collaborator of Rousseff, who took office when her left the government in order to run for president.
According to Veja, a publication of increasing doubtful credibility, the son of Erenice acted as lobbyist in government business and demanding bribes from businessmen seeking to provide services to the State. On the same day the magazine hit newsstands, the businessman who appears to making the alleged accusation, Fåbio Baracat, issued a statement repudiating the content of the report. Veja warrants to have the recorded conversation between a reporter and Baracat.
The main sites of news organizations in the country gave wide coverage to the charges. And with commendable speed, the electoral program of the opposition had already on Saturday night the accusations against the government by linking the case with the first taking up the ministry under Lula, José Dirceu, who left office in 2005, also on charges of corruption, so far unproven.
Unlike his colleagues Cristina Kirchner in Argentina and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Lula has always avoided confrontation with the media, although he consistently attacked by the major TV network in the country, Globo, the three major newspapers (Folha de S. Paulo, Estado de São Paulo and Globo) and Veja.
One exception came in his first term, when Lula threatened to cancel the visa of American journalist Larry Rother, a former correspondent for The New York Times on Brazil, which had published a text stating that Brazilian society was increasingly worried about the drinking alcohol of the president.
With only four months before leaving office, and 80% of popular approval, Lula might not believe that the media can lead to a runoff election, as happened in 2006 when an accusation of corruption that went on air three days before the vote took him a few million votes.
But now, at rallies of his candidate, he refers more to the media as an enemy. The enemy that opposition to his government could not be.