August 17, 2009
Because MSNBC has found its new business model:
In one murder after another, the Canal Livre TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.
Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime.
"The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police," state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press.
The killings, he said, "appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show."
Sadly, I doubt even that could meaningfully improve their ratings. After all, he's been blowing the President for a year and that hasn't helped.
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