Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Investigative Journalism

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last Friday, Candidate Dilma, at a press conference, said “the rôle of the press is not to investigate, but to divulge information.” As one might expect, this set off a flurry of “information divulging” by the Brazilian press, unanimously critical of her position. On Sunday, realizing she had shot herself in the foot, Candidate Dilma began to backtrack.

The background for the Friday outburst is, of course, the ongoing Petrobras scandal, which threatens to wreak havoc with several ever-so-important political allies of Candidate Dilma. The “premium delator” (see the . . .

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