The conflict today is partly the result of the atrocious media, esp TV. The government's "interference" is not the only reason to blame. It is bad enough that the government have the full control of one TV channel with outcries only from a fraction of media professionals and none from media professional bodies. But the media professionals at major newspapers and other TV channels including the ThaiPBS do it out of their own biases and horrible lack of professionalism. The government may take some minutes to tell a lie live on air. But the journalists themselves intentionally report and unreport selective news at their own volitions.
Had they reported fairly, without even a tiny bit of comment, things could have been better. Had they showed the pictures of the troops confronting the Red demonstrator yesterday, without a word of comment, Abhisit's lies that the soldiers were for public relations would have become a lie. Had they reported fairly, without a single syllable of comments, people would form their better views about the conflict and solutions.
Troops at Rajdamri BTS station on 6 April (photo from http://www.pantip.com/cafe/rajdumnern/topic/P9087873/P9087873.html)
Long Rang Acoustic Device for crowd dispersal spotted near Rajprasong on 6 April (photo by Unter, http://www.prachataiwebboard.com/webboard/id/36544#comment-340800)
The mainstream media right now not only fails as a professional media. Instead they are successfully becoming a Rwanda-like media.
THAI MEDIA ARE PARTS OF THE CURRENT TRAGEDY. IF THERE ARE CASUALTIES, THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR COMPLICITY TO CRIMES.