Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Twenty minutes into the future...

Guardian: Brazil TV host turned politician 'ordered killings to boost ratings'

A Brazilian politician who fronts a popular television crime show is being investigated for allegedly ordering a series of executions in a bid to boost his ratings.

Wallace Souza, a former police officer who used his lunchtime television slot to rail against the violence sweeping the jungle city of Manaus, is suspected of commissioning at least five murders to prove his claim that the region is awash with violent crime.

Talk about "making the news". When this was done on Max Headroom, it was satire. Now, its reality.

Let's just hope the Sensible Sentencing Trust doesn't get the same idea...