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Thu Dec 24, 2015, 11:00 PM

Political writer Luis Majul claims Macri, who as mayor paid him $2.5 million, is "like Mandela."

Luis Majul, one of the best known political writers and anchors in Argentina, earned a public rebuke by many of his colleagues in Argentine journalism by stating in a Cronista Comercial op-ed that President Mauricio Macri is "a modern-day Arturo Frondizi, mixed with Nelson Mandela but adapted to Argentine realities."

The comparison, which combines the policy virtues of former Argentine President Arturo Frondizi (who spurred industrialization during this 1958-62 tenure despite staunch opposition from the conservative landowning elite) and the iconic former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was criticized for not only its absurd embellishment and lack of basic journalistic integrity; but also for two known conflicts of interest between Majul and the president:

Majul's wife, María Conte Grand, is a close personal friend of Macri's Vice President, Gabriela Michetti, and today works as her private secretary.

And Majul's own production company, La Cornisa Producciónes ('The Ledge Production Co.'), received over 14 million pesos ($2.5 million) from the City of Buenos Aires under Mayor Macri from 2008 to 2014.

The contracts, which totaled 300 over the six years in question, were awarded on a no bid basis through the city's Secretary of Social Communication, which handles municipal publicity. None of the 300 contracts were listed in the official municipal record.

Macri's has already come under fire in recent months following revelations that hundreds of secret contracts from the Social Communication Department were used to fund propaganda campaigns through production companies created for the very purpose of collecting said contracts.

These include sportscaster Fernando Niembro, whose La Usina production company collected 23 million pesos ($3 million) on 192 such contracts; Héctor Santander's Derby Eland, which invoiced 20 million pesos ($2.2 million) for "sidewalk repair" but actually created political smart phone apps for Macri; Alejandro Monti's Ecomlat, which similarly invoiced 27 million pesos ($3 million) for "public works" while doing ad work; and right-wing Congressman Eduardo Amadeo, whose think tank Observatorio Social received 5 million pesos in "consulting fees" from Mayor Macri's city hall. Amadeo was a vocal Macri supporter.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.taringa.net/posts/noticias/19137007/Majul-comparo-a-Macri-con-Mandela-y-todavia-se-rien-de-el.html&prev=search

And: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://argentinatoday.org/2015/12/22/majul-no-pudo-responder-despues-de-conocerse-que-cobro-14-millones-de-macri/&prev=search

Note: All dollar figures in parentheses are calculated for the average exchange rate at the time.

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Reply Political writer Luis Majul claims Macri, who as mayor paid him $2.5 million, is "like Mandela." (Original post)
forest444 Dec 2015 OP
bluedigger Dec 2015 #1
forest444 Dec 2015 #2
Judi Lynn Dec 2015 #3
forest444 Dec 2015 #4

Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2015, 11:15 PM

1. Clearly an author who knows his audience.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 24, 2015, 11:19 PM

2. For $2.5 million, most people will call him anything he wants.

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He also knows that Macri's core is Argentina's answer to the Tea Party.

They'll follow anyone who will pander to their racial hatred, and will forgive anyone who in any way collaborates with such a figure - no matter what the circumstance$.

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Dec 25, 2015, 08:21 PM

3. There are some truly ugly fascists doing their best to regain control, after nearly destroying it


It time, there will be enough people who are completely aware of who they are, and their goals, their total lack of ethics, their enormous overuse of lying, posturing, deception.

This little guy is completely surreal. All his photos show him to be ultra-tense, self-centered, preposterous, and completely rigid. He would be a total fraud as anyone's "friend."


Sounds as if he may have a very strange history.

How DID the Kirchners ever make it with so many monsters like this trying to destroy them day after day. He looks like a little beast, and his wife, as well.

Thank you, we need to know all we can. These countries are important.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 25, 2015, 08:52 PM

4. Great description of Luis Majul - Argentina's Armstrong Williams.

A sleazy rent-a-reporter with a credibility gap bigger than the Grand Canyon (or, should I say, than the Iguazú Falls).

Speaking of parallels, Argentina's Fox News (the Clarín Group) must be having a very merry Christmas now that Macri had a municipal judge under his control (Julián Ercolini) nullify the Media Antitrust Law - and in so doing override the Supreme Court itself (which, if you'll recall, upheld the law in 2013).

Scrapping this law - a law which had been praised by among others the UN, the Carter Center, the IJF, and Reporters Without Borders as an "example to follow, particularly for the U.S." - was at the top of Clarín's Christmas wish list. And boy, did Santa Macri deliver.

(looks just like him, doesn't it)

Above all though: Merry Christmas to you and yours, Judi Lynn!

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