Roger Mitton has a piece on Todayonline looking at the ridiculous media backlash we've been seeing recently.
It is the old blame-the-messenger routine from those who benefit from the status quo.
Last Friday, Arglit Boonyai, editor of the Bangkok Post's weekly supplement, Guru, wrote: "The international press is making a complete mess of their reporting of the situation." Letters in the Bangkok Post that day said the "international media has been so one-sided" and referred to the "childish and misinformed reporting by both the CNN and BBC".
The well-known novelist and artistic director of the Bangkok Opera, Somtow Sucharitkul, issued a critical piece in his popular blog entitled Don't Blame Dan Rivers.
Depicting CNN correspondent Dan Rivers as being typical of the foreign press, Somtow wrote: "A lot of people here are astonished and appalled at the level of irresponsibility and inaccuracy shown by such major news sources as CNN."
The nadir came when the Bangkok Post's Sunday columnist Andrew Biggs, writing from the safety of Los Angeles, called CNN "the world's biggest mouthpiece for the Red Shirts". Tearing into the network's commentators (neither of whom I have ever met), Biggs wrote: "I have watched helplessly as Dan-somebody and the aptly-named Sara Snide – or is it Snider? – reporting (sic) breathlessly from the Red Shirt camp."
He foamed onward: "I don't damn Dan and Sara for being deluded or even misguided … I don't like them for being lazy." He even stooped to asserting that the duo made up their reporting as they went along.
That was not the end of the nastiness. On Monday, Bangkok Post commentator Philip J Cunningham lambasted CNN for giving "undue airtime to overly made-up, puffy-haired announcers with fancy graphics tools who make ignorant comments about Thailand".
Wow. Journalists sticking the knife into colleagues who have been doing their best under harrowing, dangerous conditions.
This is what I've been saying for the past few days. It's one thing to critique the work of journalists, but it's another to do it purely by dishing out crass insults. So-called writers and journalists, Thai and foreign, are finding it difficult to put forward convincing arguments as to why CNN et al have been getting it wrong. People are convinced CNN is wrong, but they seem unsure why they think this. It's the pack mentality.