Example of PAD propaganda – from Chamlong
Today Nation posted an interview with another PAD leader Chamlong Srimuang, where he is talking about new party by PAD and confident that they’ll win elections to …. firmly establish “New Politics” – old good new politics, which Chamlong introduces some 20 years back.
Palang Dharma actually practised the so-called “new politics” which has been heralded by the PAD, even back before 1988, when the party was established. In 1990, an American professor who did his doctoral thesis at London University, later wrote a book entitled: “Chamlong Srimuang and the New Politics“. [by Duncan McCargo] I guess it was then that the new politics was first recognised.
Chamlong uses a lot of fallacies too , for example :
It’s clear to everyone now that PAD always tells the truth.
this is cheap trick called “Appeal to masses” fallacy ! Everyone ? what if we find at least 1 who doesn’t know that or doesn’t agree that PAD is telling the truth ? 🙂
Demagoguery is the main weapong of PAD – that’s why they so easily acquired a huge followership.
Chamlong himself admits that PAD’s ASTV channel makes a huge difference now :
The new party will be successful because of three factors that Palang Dharma did not have at that time:
(1) The Election Commission will watch out for and punish vote-buying, (2) the support of PAD members across the country, and (3) cable channel ASTV.
well, it is surprising to see he admits that EC is prctically in their pocket (or more precisely in the pocket of those big rich infuential people who backs PAD) !
however no doubt that ASTV – a media outlet apparently granted by junta (Surayudh when he was PM) to Sondhi L for their help to oust Thaksin – is a GIANT Propaganda machine used by PAD and its sponsor Amart to brainwash the thousands, if not the millions of Thais about the “New Politics” !
surely if Abhisit’s government continues blocking of UDD D-Station TV channel, while ASTV has no any such problem and all the other TV channels are supportive of government – that creates a huge advantage for PAD and those aligned with it, as Thai Main Stream Media (MSM) – which is after all a big corporations which make money from news and as in any business ideally would love to have the monopoly for information, or at least to ditch its rivals.
I think it is relevent to point out the facts about Chamlong’s career (from Wiki) :
He received advanced training in military communications at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Soon afterwards, Chamlong was sent to the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii for a six-month course on military signal equipment.
He later served in Laos as a communications officer supporting Thai units fighting the communist Pathet Lao and the North Vietnamese Army. He returned to Thailand to attend the |Army Command and General Staff College, and also underwent six months of counterinsurgency training.
In 1972, Chamlong attended the U.S. Navy’s Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he completed a two-year management course. For his master’s degree thesis, he wrote a study of labor unrest in Thailand. Following his graduation, he returned to the Military Research and Development Center.
It looks like this guy was carefully, thoroughly and purposely groomed to play a role of … “leader of people” – which I suspect was a clever move by army to hijack the popular movements (of 70s and then 80s) or counteract some other popular movements which are not favorable to army and amart system ! particularly interesting is the fact that Chamlong was a Secretary of Prem, who is now considered a personification and embodiment of Amart system (unelected influential men who interfere in politics).
Certainly PAD movement owes its large support to Chamlong both in organizational skills of army general, highly trained specialist in all sorts of issues related to popular movement and insurgency, as well as a charismatic person with traditional traits (celibate ascetic, vegetarian, prominent member of radical Buddhist Santi Asoke sect).
PAD’s fonder Sondhi is also a well known media mogul.
So, it shows just once again the huge role Media plays in politics and sway over peoples’ minds. UDD / DAAD are certainly no match for the Combined Propaganda onslaught by PAD, government and Thai MSM ! And without equal facilities to even match this propaganda – the chance for anti-establishment movement to win is very slim. All the Propaganda players are well aware of that and that’s why government along with Thai MSM has launched the official “Media War”, full scale censorhip etc.
Another blogger Hobby (nganadeeleg blog) has also posted its own comments about this Chamlong’s interview : “Chamlong falls off the wagon” :
Chamlong must have been on a real binge… I used to like Chamlong, and could symathize with his stance on corruption and moral issues, but this interview shows he is way past it (or should be!) And no, this interview did not come from Not the Nation.
PPT has also posted its own commentary on Chamlong’s interview.
Chamlong affirms that both PAD and the red shirts are a threat to others in Thailand’s political quagmire.