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FIGUEIRAS, Rita. The Media Construction of Political Corruption. Opinion and News about BPN, Freeport and Face Oculta on the Portuguese TV Newscasts. OBS* [online]. 2017, vol.11, n.3, pp.78lpage=105-. ISSN 1646-5954.

This research article aims at contributing to shad light on how television commentators address in prime-time TV newscasts three of the most well-known corruption cases in Portugal in the last years: BPN, Freeport and Face Oculta. Topics, actors, tones and the narrative style of the comments will be analyzed against the news narratives on the same cases. The study concluded that news coverage was the expected point of departure for comments, but the opinion narrative was quite different from the news story about the corruption cases analyzed. Comments were more adversarial, negative and judgmental against what commentators perceived as bad behavior of the actors involved. Commentators built a different version of facts and a personalized narrative about power struggle inside and between the heads of the Portuguese political, judicial and regulatory spheres.

Palavras-chave : Commentators; Comments; Newscasts; News; Political Corruption.

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