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Brazil’s Bizarro Sarah Palin

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Posted on Aug 19, 2009
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Unlike Sarah Palin, Marina Silva actually cares deeply about the environment.

Brazil’s Bizarro Sarah Palin, former Environment Minister Marina Silva, has just resigned from the ruling Worker’s Party in protest of the party’s neglect of environmental concerns. The move by Silva, a popular rain forest activist who had been a 30-year party member, is also believed to be an attempt to ramp up support for a run at the presidency next year.  —J.C.

The Guardian:

Brazil’s former environment minister, the rainforest defender Marina Silva, has resigned from the ruling Workers’ party, paving the way for a 2010 presidential bid, which supporters hope will put the environment back on the political agenda of South America’s largest country.

For weeks speculation has been growing that Silva, who resigned from government last May after a dispute over the development of the Amazon region, would defect to the Green party in order to dispute the presidential elections next October.

Speaking at a press conference in Brasilia earlier today, Silva, who has been a Workers’ party member for over 30 years, said politicians had failed to give sufficient attention to the environmental cause.

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By Anarcissie, August 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

So who wrote the headline?

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By Rodger Lemonde, August 20, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Bizarro Headline Indicates Decline of Journalism

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By Folktruther, August 20, 2009 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

Anarcissie- the truther that writes the piece in a newsblog is not necessarily the person that provides the headline.  If you read the piece without the headline, it is quite reasonable.  It is the headline that influences the perception of the whole for the population, which is why it tends to be more reactionary than the newspiece in the learned and mass media. It is the outragious headline here that is the truth problem.

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By Anarcissie, August 20, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

Marina Silva appears to have little or nothing in common with Sarah Palin besides gender and public office.  Who’s “J.C.”?

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By Samson, August 20, 2009 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

Lets see.  From what I can see from the Rockie Mtns., Brazil has been the victim of the same sort of scam the Democrats perpetrate here.  A long-time ‘leftist’ name Lulu runs for President in a suddenly well-funded and well-supported campaign.  There are the usual right-wing cries about how the world will end if he’s elected.

But, once elected, the well-funded and well-supported former leftist proves to be remarkably compliant to what corporations and big money want.

Now, when someone who’s been a member of the same party for 30 years, and who seems to have a long track record of fighting for the environment and to defend the rain forests, rebels and threatens her own presidential run, we find TruthDig calling her ‘Bizarro’ and comparing her to Sarah Palin.

What an awful propaganda piece.  Truthdig should be ashamed.

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By Milton, August 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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As a brazilian I can honestly say that Marina has nothing in common with Sarah Palin. She is truly dedicated to the environmental cause and stands by her principles. If she does run for president I will not vote for her because I don’t think she is prepared - as I don’t think that our current president is or ever was prepared, but she might’ve done a better job than him, at least she seems to be honest (or as honest as politicians can be). Still, unlike Sarah Palin, she actualy reads news papers and can form coherent sentences (and does not wink!)

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By LostHills, August 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

I don’t see that she has anything, whatsoever, in common with Sarah Palin, and I don’t see anything “bizarro” about taking a strong stand for protecting the rainforest. I think that Marina Silva is a heroine, and I think that Truthdig has disgraced itself by smearing her.

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By Folktruther, August 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

I strongly agree with Ardee.  there is nothing Bizarro about protecting the enviorment or running for office.  Uless one is agaisnt both and wants to smear such candidates.

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By ardee, August 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

I think it unfortunate that the article links her with Sarah Palin, simply because they both resigned their positions. It appears that , unlike Palin, this person has scruples and dedication.

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