News Reporting and News Management on the Issue of Righteousness in Political Behaviors of a Head of the Government: A Case Study of General Surayut Chulanont from the Perspectives of the Thai Daily Newspaper from 2006 to 2008 B.E.

Abstract

Research quastions: 1. How do newspapers critique in the political legitimacy, ability of administrate, personality, political behavior of General Surayut Chulanont. (He is privy councilor before prime minister of Thailand) 2. How do newspaper critique /report the information Handle of Gerneral Surayut Chulanont in politcal legitimacy, ability of administrate, personality, political behavior. This qualitative research, through newspaper-documenting research method, aimed to examine political news coverage of the newspaper relating to General Surayut Chulanont on the issues of the righteousness in politics, capabilities in ruling, personalities and behaviors in politics, and to study the handling of political news of General Surayut Chulanont on the issues of the righteousness in politics, capabilities in ruling, personalities and behaviors in politics which surfaced on the newspaper. The results can be concluded as follow. On the issues of political righteousness, the newspaper criticized that a government head in the democracy system must come from an election in order to have righteousness; claiming heaven's order, and has good governance. The head of state must have righteousness in politics, use power with moral, adhere to the law and order, and have good vision, without committing corruption, The matters related to the coup on September 19, 2006, the newspaper reported that Politicians did not have courage to act against the coup. King must have moral. On the issue of handling of political news of General Surayut, newspapers criticized that retorted the critiques. He hurled back at the people who scrutinized him. General Surayut should not have verbally counterattacked. He avoided using silence to win over others. He apologized to the Islamic leaders because he knew that they would forgive him, which brought both agreement and disagreement from the media. General Surayut claimed that he did not violate the law in casing of owning untitled land on the Kao Yai Tieng Hill.



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Songyot Buaphuean, Burapha University, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2013
Stream: Media Studies

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