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Fri Feb 21, 2020, 12:43 AM

Bloomberg Surrogate Was PR Guru for Bolsonaro

February 20, 2020 •

Arick Wierson, who is pushing the billionaire’s presidential bid, devoted himself in 2018 to softening the image of Brazil’s extreme-right leader, reports Ben Norton.

By Ben Norton
The Grayzone

A Michael Bloomberg surrogate pumping up the billionaire’s 2020 campaign for president helped to elect Brazil’s extreme-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro, an open supporter of military dictatorship who frequently threatens violence against his political opponents.

Arick Wierson is a public relations strategist who served as a political aide and the top communications adviser to Bloomberg when the Republican media mogul was mayor of New York City.

Wierson worked with Bloomberg for nearly nine years, he noted, “first as an aide in his 2001 political campaign, and later as his chief media advisor at City Hall.” Wierson is so close with the billionaire he sarcastically refers to himself in his Twitter profile as a “Former Media Hack for Mayor Bloomberg.”

In 2018, Wierson joined Bolsonaro’s presidential campaign, devoting himself to softening the image of the Brazilian demagogue who pledged to imprison or exile leftist rivals and said in a newspaper interview that a congresswoman was not “worth raping; she is very ugly.”

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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/20/bloomberg-surrogate-was-pr-guru-for-bolsonaro/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 12:57 AM

1. All politics is money and corruption.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 01:01 AM

2. Ben Norton is a hack who spent most of 2016 bashing Clinton and propping up Stein for Salon.

I wouldn't believe anything he says without outside confirmation.

"Although Wierson no longer appears to have an official position in the Bloomberg campaign"

And hasn't since at least 2010, before he went to work for Bolsonaro.

And, there we have it. Another Ben Norton pipe-dream non-story, just like the ol' days at Salon.

Not a Bloomberg fan in the least, but Norton is full of shit here, as usual.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 01:06 AM

3. Not a trustworthy source.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 01:56 AM

4. Now there's a great credential.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:57 AM

6. confirmed by Bloomberg News itself and also the Guardian

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-09/bolsonaro-s-message-on-love-and-peace-tested-on-social-media

The scene is from a video that will be tested on social media as a potential ad for Jair Bolsonaro, according to Arick Wierson, who advises the former Army captain’s campaign on public relations. Depending on its success, it could be used on television, he said. Bolsonaro’s press officers didn’t respond to requests for comment.



Brazilian congressman ordered to pay compensation over rape remark

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/18/brazilian-congressman-rape-remark-compensation

Jair Bolsonaro said Maria do Rosario was not ‘worth raping; she is very ugly’


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Response to Celerity (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 07:55 PM

7. Thanks for taking the time to make a check.

No doubt whatsoever any relationship at all between fascist politicians and the human race is strictly peripheral.

The commercial made from the dirtbag invading a bus of citizens trying just to get home intact was exactly as crude and low down as we have learned to expect from fascist phony bible-wagging racist monsters. He has a captive audience, doesn't he? Clearly this was geared to the same human wrecks, the class of people who love professional wrestling, talkin' about their guns, etc. right here in the U.S.

The sheer insult and aggression of his invasion would appeal to people with low impulse control, the ones who vote for the cheapest, dirtiest politicians among us, the ones who bear no respect for the human race, and never will.

The presumptuousness, total disrespect, and ignorance in that commercial would have made it a total success with his target base.



Maria do Rosario, receiving her daily dose of hatred from Bolsonaro. He only speaks at women who can read.

So glad you considered thinking about the information. It makes all the difference in the world where those who refuse still rule.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:04 PM

8. Brasil is probably the most misogynistic nation outside of the Middle East and Africa. India and

Pakistan are horrid too. Brazil is seriously fucked up, I have Bajan family who moved to Florianópolis long ago, and my jaw drops when I am down there.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:42 PM

9. Looked for images of Florianpolis to grasp what the area looks like, I'm amazed!

Had no idea it would be this large, or this beautiful!

Images:
https://tinyurl.com/v29vn8m


City is enormous, from these photos:







Landscape is stunning, wow, wow.

Too many human beings are centuries and centuries behind the level of sophistication of their technology. They remain primitive, emotionally, seeing others through a totally immature, subjective point of view. Bolsonaro and Trump are both afraid of women.l

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 08:52 AM

10. Florianpolis is our favourite city in Brasil. It is also the most LGBTQ-friendly.

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