Stupid reporting

1 11 2012

Yesterday PPT pointed out The Nation’s malicious reporting on a recent lese majeste case. Today we point to the same newspaper’s silly report that the “government will not need to seek help from the military to suppress the anti-government rally led by the Pitak Siam group…”.

This is stupid (and probably malicious) reporting for three reasons. First, Pitak Siam hasn’t even decided when it will next rally. Second, it only got a modest, mostly aged and peaceful crowd estimated at somewhere between 6,000-20,000 at its first rally. The idea of “suppressing” the movement seems a ludicrous idea. Third, and most important, the report itself mentions that Defense Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat specifically states “people had the right to protest provided they did it under the legal framework.”

That is nothing like seeking to “repress” the movement of old men.

The Nation seems to be frothing with excitement and misinformation at the thought of more anti-Thaksin Shinawatra violence.



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