Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
April 27, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

Truthdig Bazaar
Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age

Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age

Ulli K. Ryder and Marcia Alesan Dawkins

more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

Brazil’s Bizarro Sarah Palin

Posted on Aug 19, 2009
Bizarro World

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.

Read more

Lockerdome Below Article
Get a book from one of our contributors in the Truthdig Bazaar.

Related Entries

Get truth delivered to
your inbox every day.

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments
Anarcissie's avatar

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

So who wrote the headline?

Report this

By Rodger Lemonde, August 20, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Bizarro Headline Indicates Decline of Journalism

Report this

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.

Report this
Anarcissie's avatar

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.”?

Report this
Samson's avatar

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.

Report this

By Milton, August 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

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!)

Report this
LostHills's avatar

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.

Report this

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.

Report this

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.

Report this
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook