The Brazilian government acted as newsgatherer for a story on the Amazon rainforest. Its helicopter was flying over the jungle in Acre State near the Peruvian border when it was fired on with bows and arrows by tribesmen, their bodies painted red. No previous record was known of this village or the tribe that lives there. The helicopter left them alone and the government wants oil and gas and timber interests to do the same. It released the videotape via Survival International in the hope that publicizing their existence may deter development, "expose them to protect them," as ABC's Bill Blakemore (embargoed link) put it. The pictures were made available to all three networks: NBC anchor Brian Williams used stills; CBS anchor Katie Couric intercut video voiceover with an anthropologist's soundbites; ABC turned it into a reported story by New-York-based Blakemore.
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