Nonsensical “journalism”

5 05 2014

The mainstream media has produced some bizarre commentary in recent years. Much of this has been due to political bias. The op-eds at The Nation by its team of yellow-shirted commentators have been especially odd, often reproducing some of the most ridiculous of notions drawn from ultra-royalist social media and political rags like ASTV/Manager. So notoriously bad and silly was much of this commentary that is spawned a spoof edition called Not The Nation.

One might suggest that this doesn’t matter too much. After all, op-eds are meant to take a “position,” and that they are, after all, opinions. Generally, though, readers might expect that those called on to write an op-ed in major newspapers have some kind of qualification or knowledge that permits a view to be presented that has a little credibility.

Apparently this is not the case for the Bangkok Post. Its recent op-ed by Saritdet Marukatat is arguably the most ridiculous op-ed we at PPT have read in a newspaper that presents itself as a serious news outlet. Saritdet is said to be the “digital media news editor” at the Post.

His contribution is a comparison of Syria’s politics with Thailand’s political shenanigans, and Yingluck Shinawatra with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Yes, Syria. Forget the vicious civil war in Syria that has killed up to 200,000, forget the millions of refugees, forget that Syria is a presidential political system that is under the control of the Arab Socialist Ba’at Party, forget that there is an armed opposition that has established a divided “administration, and forget that the “election” there is for the president. Forget all of that – well, mention some of it, but then ignore it – and write an op-ed that “compares” the incomparable.

Then make this claim: “… what happens after the election in Syria is likely to indicate what Thailand will encounter after July 20. Elections held amid deep, bitter conflict can never work. Syria will show that to Thailand.” Yes, Thailand’s conflict is claimed to be as deep and bitter as that in Syria.

Forget that Thailand’s aborted February election was mostly held in a peaceful manner in most of the country and was only prevented in only a few places where the anti-democratic Democrat Party’s thugs, supported by elements of the Election Commission, stopped voters from going to the polls.

Clearly, Saritdet is making stuff up or filching it from some mad yellow shirts. He uses it for political effect and impact and to continue to oppose the very idea of an election. Perhaps he should stick to the digital media and forget journalism.

 

 


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10 08 2015
The Dictator and “unfinished business” | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT has sometimes briefly wondered why a digital media news editor at the Bangkok Post has a weekly column on politics. But then Saritdet Marukatat has a reasonably long history as a yellow-shirted rightist and we guess the rag’s owners like his political views, even if he does hold the gong for the most ridiculous op-ed we at PPT have read in a newspaper that presents itself as a serious news …. […]

10 08 2015
The Dictator and “unfinished business” | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT has sometimes briefly wondered why a digital media news editor at the Bangkok Post has a weekly column on politics. But then Saritdet Marukatat has a reasonably long history as a yellow-shirted rightist and we guess the rag’s owners like his political views, even if he does hold the gong for the most ridiculous op-ed we at PPT have read in a newspaper that presents itself as a serious news …. […]




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