Bad Journalism, Bad Jokes

Defendant of robbery and suspect of an attempt of rape, an 18 years old boy, poor and with lack of education, was led to a police station in the city of Salvador and, as usual in Brazil, was interviewed by a team of TV for one of the many sensationalist programs of the Brazilian TV under the permissive watching of the police agents.

Scared, the youth admitted to have stolen a woman, but, looking at the camera, asked for his family did not believe in the version  that he had tried to rape a woman and begged for do not come back for to jail.

The despair of the boy did not impassion reporter, that, not only affirmed that he tried to rape a lady as passed to ridicule-him upon perceiving his difficulty in pronounce some words and the tangle that he did between the forensic exam, that he should be submitted, with the exam of prostate.

The humiliation to that the youth was submitted became a fever in the social nets, with massive disapproval of professional journalists, what led to the withdraw of the reporter from the TV show and the broadcast station to emit a note reproofing her conduct.  The episode was an extreme case of a tendency consolidated in the electronic media.

Even in so considered respectable programs, the journalists of TV are more and more replacing journalism by the entertainment, offering to the public the circus that supposedly they want.

Something that is consolidated in the sporting programming.  Three days after have deed three goals in the victory of his team, the Botafogo against the São Paulo, in the last Sunday (20), the Argentine attacker Herrera, that played barely the second time of that party, continues being mentioned in arguments about soccer among Brazilians.

Not so much by his performing in the game, but because after the match was over he refused to choose a song for being played in his homage while his goals were exhibited in a program of television, a rule established by the TV station for players that do at least three goals in a match and that is followed automatically by the Brazilians, that turned voluntarily breaks of the programming of the TV that transmits the Games of the Brazilian championship, celebrating his goals imitating the movements of a doll of plasterer named João Sorrisão (John Big Smile), and even when they are not shooting the ball.

A mediocre game combined between journalists and athletes.  But the journalists clowns found recently an adversary that is not arranged to follow the tactical drawing established by the TV: the foreign players.

Last year, during the presentation of the Argentine player Barcos to Palmeiras team, a reporter of the TV Globe interrupted the questions about soccer for deliver to the athlete a CD of the Brazilian singer Zé Ramalho for, right away, question to the attacker if he doesn´t  found himself like looking to the artist.  Astonished by the reaction of the Argentine, that condemned his professional posture, the journalist began to stammer and said that the attacker should not must be irritated with him, but with the Brazilian player of Palmeiras that would have initiated the joke.  “And you are the fool that comes to deliver me the message?”, questioned Barcos.

Keeping the attention of a public more and more eager by fights of UFC, details of the personal life of celebrities and in reality shows, while despises the scandals of corruption and the huge problems of education that the country faces, is a challenge that has led the journalists to the ring of the free-for-all, including the attempt of ridiculize people in national broadcasting.  But as it said the song of The Smiths, laugh about people is a joke that isn´t funny.  At least in journalism.

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