ZeZe and The Nation

23 08 2010

A couple of weeks ago PPT posted on Napas (ZeZe) na Pombejra and the congratulatory personal letter she received from the queen, applauding ZeZe’s open letter to CNN complaining that it had somehow misreported the events of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s violent crackdown on red shirts in April and May 2010.

In that post we commented: Bangkok Pundit commented on the letter here and provided considerable contrary evidence. PPT ignored the letter when we received it for it was so obviously biased and out of kilter with the CNN and BBC reports that PPT had watched on the days around the crackdown. It was, however, a serious event, with CNN reporters apparently receiving hate mail and death threats.

The Nation belatedly has a long story on ZeZe and her letter. Here we refer to the letter to CNN because The Nation somehow fails to mention the queen’s letter at all!

Rather, The Nation’s “journalists” come up with a remarkable claim that the 25-year-old ZeZe supposedly has “better credentials than most people for complaining about the perceived skew in the television news coverage of Thailand’s bloody spring.” Why? Perhaps she is qualified in journalism? No. Perhaps she’s made a study of media bias? No. Maybe she has media experience and savvy. It seems she has very little. For The hacks at The Nation, her qualifications are distant family relationships with Abhisit’s wife and Thaksin Shinawatra’s ex-wife. Wow!

With those credentials, ZeZe “was appalled by what she saw as distortions of the truth, as were many others.” Not by the deaths of 91 people, but by alleged distortions seen through an elite and yellow-shirted prism. So she got angry when “[f]oreign correspondents for the [CNN] network gave the world daily accounts of ‘poor farmers’ standing up to military might…”.

PPT has no idea if ZeZe actually went to any of the red shirt protests. She did attend the yellow shirt/multi-color shirt rally in Silom. PPT did visit the red shirt rally several times and it has to be said that there were plenty of farmers represented and many of them were poor when compared with those like ZeZe who support the current military-palace regime.

Poor ZeZe – and this seems to be the gist of the story – is now upset that she has found herself threatened. Heavens, she has even had to stop “driving by herself to work, wears sunglasses in public, bolstered her Facebook privacy settings and is more careful about what she says on Twitter.” And she seems upset that foreign correspondents view her poorly. This, apparently, is sufficient for her to see foreign correspondents as unprofessional and lacking expertise.

But not a word on the queen’s letter….


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5 09 2010
Foreign correspondents, Thailand and the yellow howl « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] recently, Rivers and CNN came under attack from yellow-shirted nationalists like Napas na Pombejra, who made patently absurd claims that CNN’s coverage of red shirt protests in Bangkok was […]

25 09 2010
Thailand vs foreign journalists-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] recently, Rivers and CNN came under attack from yellow-shirted nationalists like Napas na Pombejra, who made patently absurd claims that CNN’s coverage of red shirt protests in Bangkok was biased […]

25 05 2012
Why is the truth unacceptable? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] correspondents for telling the world what was really happening. One example of a campaign is seen here. These complaints were rewarded with the support of Queen […]

26 05 2012
Why is the truth unacceptable? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] correspondents for telling the world what was really happening. One example of a campaign is seen here. These complaints were rewarded with the support of Queen […]

25 11 2013
On Suthep, monarchy and violence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] claims that the foreign media “hate” or “loathe” the monarchy, and manufactured complaints about the foreign media’s “bias,” that lend themselves to xenophobia and violence. Such complaints mirror elite, palace and royalist […]

25 11 2013
On Suthep, monarchy and violence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] activism in Thailand, claims that the foreign media “hate” or “loathe” the monarchy, and manufactured complaints about the foreign media’s “bias,” that lend themselves to xenophobia and violence. Such complaints mirror elite, palace and royalist […]