29 May 2010

“Don’t Blame Dan Rivers,” by Somtow

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Author S.P. Somtow (or his Thai name, Somtow Sucharitkul) is a Thai-American composer and writer. Educated at Eton and Cambridge he knows the West, and being Thai he knows Thailand. As he was raised in England, English was actually his first language before moving to Thailand at age 8.
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This article, “Don’t Blame Dan Rivers,” was posted on 18 May 2010, the day before the Royal Thai Army moved in to end the Red Shirt rally in the heart of Bangkok. It addresses the bad quality of Western media reporting on this Thai crisis. Dan Rivers is a CNN reporter, and most Thais think CNN got it way wrong on many things. Somtow blames problems with preconceptions and language for the media mistakes.
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Immediately after reading the above, read this following one, “A Few Small Clarifications,” which addresses a few questions many of us had about the above through its hasty writing.
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I have become a big fan of Somtow’s writing, as I agree with him about a lot of things.
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