THAILAND’S MILITARY COUP – THE PROPAGANDA WAR
– FLYING SPORRAN’S WEEKEND DIARY –
output on the Thai coup to the airwaves in Australia, the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, This is mainly because I do not want
to write a story for the foreign press and find that a sub-editor has added a mischievous
couple of paragraphs.
propaganda war going on and the political point scoring. The hundreds of
speculative articles interest me not.
an anti-coup line, while the reds, yellows, UDD amnd PDRC, continue to
squabble while not realising how much they have in common.
of course seemingly little concerned about historic human rights abuses in Thailand –
particularly when it includes third country nationals, and the right to a home.
that if the army has to achieve its goal they themselves will have to be the subject
of some radical military cuts. At the moment people are eyeing just how the
impartial the army is going to be. But actually the army has to be ‘partial’
first because it sees its immediate role as getting rid of the ‘Thaksinistas’.
|Tense – more tense- and tense-di-sut|
situations etc (I believe I have been more tense coming out of Baker Street
underground in the London rush hour) most of Thailand remains unaffected apart
from the still restricting curfew – (but it seems that is also a tourist
attraction as backpackers store their beers by the day and revert to having
guest house parties at night)
absence of violence most of the foreign film crews have of course packed up and
faced along with senior military officers. Visually this made it look like a
traditional South American coup and guns were going to be coming out and shots were going
to be fired. Military music on blacked out television did not help. Foreign
film crews are on their way.
farmers what they are owed and order that it be done within 15 days.
troops amid the full glare of the foreign press who go on to demand his release. Some Thais however see this as merely a stunt because the FCCT is about the only place one can hold a press conference nowadays.
widely syndicated picture of a soldier helping an old lady across the road.
Facebook also full of selfies of handsome soldiers with pretty girls.
that the picture appears to have been orchestrated – but soldiers have been ordered to continue helping old ladies across the road.
custody drunk and gambling and fighting over a 4 million baht debt somebody has
accrued playing ‘Hi-Lo’.
restaurant in Thonglor with supporters dressed up in military uniforms suggesting
perhaps that nobody is taking seriously the murder charges being brought
against him and they have too much money for their own good.
LOW POINT: Professor Duncan McCargo slams military coup in New York Times.
HIGH POINT: Professor W Scott Thompson lauds military coup in Los Angeles Times
|Twitter Pics – Only Thailand could produce a protester
dressed up as a French maid!
FOOTNOTE: Sky Television anxious to get a local British slant to the coup called up the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and British Ambassador Mark Kent, to conduct a local interview. The Ambassador duly sensibly obliged and duly gave a short interview advising British tourists where to go and not to go and tactfully laid down H.M. government’s line. The FCO duly came back to Sky to tell them that they could not interview the Ambassador. By this time of course Mark Kent’s gems had gone to air. Things must be tough at the FCO if they cannot even trust their own Ambassador.