The Intercept accuses Brazil’s largest newspaper of fraud

The Intercept accuses Brazil’s largest newspaper of fraud



At issue is a new poll where the conclusions are said to not jive with the actual questions asked in the poll.

The Intercept, the online news site published by First Look Media, the news organization founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, today accused Brazil’s largest newspaper Folha de.S Paulo of “journalistic fraud.”

In an article authored in English and Portuguese by Glenn Greenwald and Erick Dau, the website disputed a poll taken by the paper regarding the current leadership in Brazil.

The lower house of Brazil’s legislature voted in April to send to the Senate impeachment charges against President Dilma Rousseff, installing of her vice president, Michel Temer, as interim president.

Folha-front-300“Since then, there had been no published polls from Datafolha — the polling firm used by Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha de.S Paulo — asking Brazilians if they favor Dilma’s impeachment, if they favor the impeachment of Temer, and/or if they want new elections to choose a new president,” The Intercept said.

At issue, the article says, is a new poll published this week that appears to support the continued leadership of Michel Temer. The poll appears to show widespread support for Temer, with 50 percent saying he should remain as president, and only 32 percent asking for Dilma Rousseff’s return.

“But yesterday, the full data and underlying questions were made public,” Greenwald and Dau write. “It is now evident that — whether through corrupt motives or utter ineptitude — a journalistic fraud has been committed by Folha. The reason only 3 percent of Brazilians said they want new elections, and only 4 percent said they want neither Dilma nor Temer to remain as president, is because the poll question excluded those as options.”

“So clearly, 50 percent of Brazilians did not say that it would be best for the country if Temer continues to complete Dilma’s term in 2018: They only said that would be the best choice if the only alternative was Dilma’s return. Moreover, it is plainly not the case that only 3 percent of Brazilians want new elections, given that they were not asked that.

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