Thai Days: BBC Bimbos

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog has just watched another ridiculous BBC slot covering Thailand’s military coup. For a ‘creative’ and wannabe front line journalist, Thailand is perfect. It isn’t dangerous, the food and accommodation is excellent, the heroic journo can come and go at will. It’s a cake walk.

The major problem facing the journalist is that there is no story. Or not the story they would like to tell.

Military coup. Sounds sinister. Here it isn’t. This isn’t desperate conflict journalism. There are arrests – a bunch of top rank police have just been slung into custody for running a formidable organized crime ring – but Bangkok isn’t a city with tanks on the streets and sandbags sprouting machinegun muzzles. For an adrenalin junkie journo or ambulance chaser there really is nothing here.

That’s why they don’t come. Instead we get a bunch of female bimbos with shrewd suspicious expressions and fatuous reports on how a bunch of spotty students are using the three fingered salute from The Hunger Games movie to demand democracy. I call that cutting edge!

Or, as was the case this morning, to stand on a Phuket beach backed by swarms of happy tourists and say things like “Tourism is suffering, down twenty percent from last year and things could get worse.”

Gimme a break! Tourism is fine.

There are serious stories needing attention in SE Asia. The Mekong Xayaburi dam project in Lao threatens the livelihoods of millions and the future of one of the world’s great rivers. I’ve not heard a peep from the BBC on this.

I’d suggest that covering this issue might involve some effort and discomfort. I’m not sure that the BBC bimbos are up for that. Standing on a beach, talking nonsense…so much easier.

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

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