How will the mainstream media influence the Thai election?
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How will the mainstream media influence the Thai election?

TAN Network have translated a Kom Chad Leuk editorial. Key excerpt:

Bangkok residents and the middle-class population in the urban areas should be worried by recent public opinion poll results. According to these polls, it is likely the Pheu Thai Party, led by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who boasts the “Thaksin Thinks, Pheu Thai Does” campaign, will emerge victorious in the next general election.

Due to the influence of the mainstream media, middle-class voters in the urban areas, mainly in Bangkok, are most likely to remain confident in Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and will continue to support the Democrat Party. Yet the chance that the Democrats will win the nationwide election is minuscule. Because of this, the Democrat Party has never agreed to the pledge to give the party with the most seats the right to form a government.

BP: So Kom Chad Luek is admitting that middle class voters will vote for the Democrats because of what is published or not published by the mainstream media, for which Kom Chad Luek would be included. Isn’t this basically a tacit admission that their reporting is biased and partial?

h/t to a reader

btw, in case you are wondering whether the translation in the highlighted paragraph is accurate, BP has found the original in Thai which is “อิทธิพลของสื่อกระแสหลักอาจทำให้คนชั้นกลางในเมือง คนกรุงเทพฯ ที่อยู่กับข่าวสาร ข้อมูล เชื่อมั่นและสนับสนุนนายอภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ และพรรคประชาธิปัตย์มากกว่าพรรคการเมืองอื่น”. The translation is correct…

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