The Press: Dethroned Prophet

Samuel Wainer, a shrewd, nimble ex-political reporter, is the man who added new razzle-dazzle to Brazilian journalism. Two years ago, Sammy was just a columnist for wealthy Press Lord Assis ("Chato") Chateaubriand (TIME, June 8). But when Sammy came out for ex-Dictator Getulio Vargas in the last presidential election, Chato wired him: "I am buying ice for your hot head." Vargas won, and nicknamed Wainer "The Prophet." Money poured in from pro-Vargas industrialists and from the Vargas-controlled Bank of Brazil (a reputed $18 million) to buy Wainer a plant and start a new, pro-Vargas paper, Ultima Hora.

Brazil had never seen anything...

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