What is going on at Canada's public broadcaster? In response to Brazil's election of a wildly neo-fascist president, CBC News is glowing about new opportunities for Canadian mining companies in devastating the Amazon.
Bolsonaro is an unapologetic admirer of dictatorship, pro-torture, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQ. He has threatened to "disappear" indigenous peoples and has vowed to open up the rainforests of the Amazon to extractive industries. With time running out to avert climate breakdown, Bolsonaro's election is a catastrophe — he recently threatened to follow the lead of Donald Trump and quit the Paris climate agreement.
The demons of fascism just made another breakthrough, and the CBC trumpets not just a silver lining, but golden opportunities:
Brazil's new president elect, Jair Bolsonaro, is a right-winger who leans towards more open markets. This could mean fresh opportunities for Canadian companies looking to invest in the resource-rich country. https://t.co/g00QUOeutt— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) October 28, 2018
Brazilian democrats are dismayed:
As a Brazilian I say to u how nice of you publish such an article. It doesn't matter if he is a fascist right? I'll write this now before I lose my rights let's hope not my life. Right now here people are being assaulted by his supporters and the police. But hey bussiness opportu— Kate, escritora de fanfics (@kneves30) October 29, 2018
As are Canadians:
Brazil gets a wildly neo-fascist president, CBC News is glowing about new opportunities for Canadian mining companies in devastating the Amazon.
Journalism experts call the CBC coverage "sinister"
I did READ the actual article, Chris. It had a sinister feel. "With nearly 60 per cent of the world's public mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, losses for the Amazon rainforest under Bolsonaro could spell big gains for Canadian investors." Via @andraydomise https://t.co/odlRdYPyDR— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 29, 2018
While National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino has dropped the gloves:
For the record, here's a small taste of Bolsonaro's rhetoric:
“I would not rape you because you are not worthy of it.”
"Our Amazon is like a child with chickenpox, every dot you see is an indigenous reservation"
"I am in favor of torture — you know that."
Canada is so very fortunate that previous generations have invested in creating the public broadcaster we have today. Responsible journalism is a critical immune booster against the neo-fascists infesting societies around the world and fake news campaigns infecting and fracturing democracies. Let's do better.