Bolsonaro calls TV Globo a ‘coward’ for criticism

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Bolsonaro calls TV Globo a 'coward' for criticism




Tribute to the more than 100,000 Brazilians who died by COVID-19 in a building in the neighborhood of Botafogo, in Rio de Janeiro, August 8, 2020


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Tribute to the more than 100,000 Brazilians who died by COVID-19 in a building in the neighborhood of Botafogo, in Rio de Janeiro, August 8, 2020


This Sunday (9), President Jair Bolsonaro called TV Globo a “coward” for blaming him for the more than 100,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country.

“In a cowardly and disrespectful manner to the 100,000 dead Brazilians, this TV celebrated that date yesterday, as a true World Cup final, blaming the President of the Republic for all deaths,” said the President on Twitter.

On Saturday night, shortly after the release of the last official report, TV Globo started Jornal Nacional with a broad editorial in which it criticized President Bolsonaro’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, recalling an article in the Constitution that guarantees that “health is a right of all and a duty of the State “and questioning whether the representative fulfilled his duty.

In this Sunday’s Twitter message, Bolsonaro wrote that “Disinformation kills even more than the virus itself”.

“Time and science will show us that the political use of COVID by this TV has brought us deaths that could have been avoided,” he added.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Brazil, in March, Bolsonaro has opposed social distancing measures, classified COVID-19 as “little grip” and actively promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug whose effectiveness against the coronavirus has not been scientifically proven.

“We have a clear conscience. With the means we have, we can really say that we did the possible and the impossible to save lives,” Bolsonaro defended on Thursday.

lg / gma / am

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