Media War

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“Yellow journalism” of Thai MSM

It’s funny and interesting to find this more than 110 years old  term :

Yellow journalism

Nope – it is not in realation to PAD ! although no doubt they employ a lot of it.  surprisingly, it pretty well describes the Propaganda style by most of Thai MSM :

Yellow journalism is a type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists. Campbell (2001) defines Yellow Press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion… By extension the term is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion, such as systematic political bias. Yellow Journalism can also be the practice of over-dramatizing events.

One typical  example of “Yellow journalism” regularly found in Thai media – is their obsession with Thaksin. blogger Golingai  has already described this tendency as “yellow fever” :

The PAD crowd has a jaundiced opinion of Thaksin, blaming him for anything negative that happens to them or their country…”


April 19, 2009 - Posted by | Anti-establishment | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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