Having reached more than one million followers on Telegram, again the mainstream media launched a campaign to discredit Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, accusing him of promoting fake news to manipulate voters and predicting that he will try to do again what he did in 2018: win elections by campaigning on social media.
In an ideal world, politicians would win elections by debating their policies, projects, or perhaps their reputation or charisma. But in today’s reality, this is not the case.
When someone’s political ideas do not agree with what is considered “mainstream,” the mainstream media, along with Big Tech, will censor, defame and try to cancel them.
On their platforms, there is no debate. The people who opine on their programs only present information from one side of the political spectrum—the left.
Such was the case with Donald Trump, who set a precedent by openly opposing Big Tech and the Establishment.
And such is now the case of Bolsonaro, whom the media is trying to write off, defame or smear for not agreeing with his policies that have a nationalist profile.
The Financial Times, among the “big” international English-speaking media and El País, came out to attack the Brazilian president, accusing him of using Telegram to spread “fake news” to try to win the elections, saying that he is last in the polls, etc.
Bolsonaro was chosen by Time magazine as person of the year, which of course, for the mainstream media, as a paragraph in El País explains, was all thanks to his followers on social networks.
“The campaign for Time to choose Bolsonaro was forged on Telegram, the new favorite digital space of the Brazilian and other world leaders of the right wing that erodes democracy. It is the place where they seek refuge from the measures against disinformation and fake news that Facebook, Twitter, Google or YouTube are adopting.”
País’s analysis goes on to disavow the views of the president and his followers:
“Half-truths and lies circulating on social media had great prominence in the last elections in Brazil. The Internet was crucial in Bolsonaro’s victory.”
But looking at it from the opposite side, isn’t the fact that the mainstream media and social networks have censored Trump and Bolsonaro the reason they had to turn to a platform that lets them express their ideas?
Yes, politics is fierce by nature, and fights between different parties over who is to blame for what is not for the soft-hearted.
But if the mainstream media are convinced that their truth is “the truth” or that their approach is the “right” one, they should not be afraid to debate, to listen to the other arguments, and, mainly, to let the people decide who is the best or which is the truth they want to follow.
According to the El Pais report, “the authorities” in Brazil, Lula’s people, and the opposition don’t know what to do to censor Bolsonaro on Telegram, “With an eye on next October’s elections, the electoral authorities are especially worried about Telegram, which is rapidly gaining users and with which they are not even managing to establish an interlocution.”
Based on the opinions of “experts” in the Financial Times article, the Supreme Court and the electoral college authorities have already summoned Telegram’s owner—a Russian living in Dubai—but were unsuccessful because the company has no legal representation in Brazil.
“Subscribe for free to this information channel that, unfortunately, you won’t see in most of the press. Welcome always,” Bolsonaro wrote last Jan. 11 on his Twitter account, which gave rise to media theories that he will manage his campaign from there.
History has already proven the mainstream media and Big Tech wrong. When they suspended Trump’s accounts on all social media—one of the most popular presidents in modern history—after the assault on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, Telegram gained more than 25 million subscribers in just days.
In another recent instance, in late December, Bolsonaro set himself apart from the rest of the world’s leaders who follow globalist guidelines for vaccinating children between 5 and 11.
As Associated Press reported, “As world leaders rely on public health specialists to inform their decisions about whether and how to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, Brazil’s government is asking the online public for guidance.”
“In recent weeks, President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out a position against immunizing kids aged between 5 and 11, and his administration took the unusual step of creating a platform that could validate a stance that is widely opposed by experts.”
What could Bolsonaro be thinking when he thinks of asking parents if they agree with vaccinating their children before making a decision? So much misinformation Mr. President!
Beyond what the media, Big Tech, and even our opinion say, surely Bolsonaro will win or lose the elections based on his management, policies, and ability to lead the country in the right direction, and there we will see who was right and who was wrong.