A tale of two newspapers: Reporting on the new cabinet

A tale of two newspapers: Reporting on the new cabinet - March 12, 2005
Nothing underlines the pro-government caution of the Post and the uncompromising, often rabid anti-government slant of The Nation than their reporting on the new cabinet. When the Post does decide to be critical, they are careful to qualify it by adding 'critics say' and more and more the Post uses quotes from a named person to report the news--in this case several academics explain the cabinet appointments via direct quotes.
The Nation offers a hard-hitting appraisal with every paragraph citing nepotism, inexperience, party financiers, or appointments made to keep "a watch on Suriya." The Nation does do a good job explaining the likely political undercurrents that define the appointments--something that the Post would never touch. The Nation also has interesting profiles of the new faces in the cabinet.

Cabinet line-up 'puts growth first' - Critics: Curing social ills gets short shrift - Bangkok Post, March 12, 2005
The face of the new cabinet underlines the fact Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is a shrewd political player but one who is more concerned about achieving strong economic growth than curing social ills, critics said yesterday...The cabinet members would still have to prove they were "Mr Cleans" and ministers must be up to scratch since Mr Thaksin had already announced he would make frequent reshuffles to his cabinet, Mr Sombat said.
Warakorn Samakoses, rector of Dhurakij Pundit University, rated the economic team as good since Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Commerce Minister Thanong Bidaya had won high praise from the private sector...
Cabinet line-up fails to impress - The Nation, March 12, 2005
Despite his strong mandate, PM refuses to drop scandal-tainted ministers while choosing new ones based on connections...
There were no cheers from admirers, and regular critics said the ministerial line-up underlined their scepticism that nepotism still weighs heavily in the decision-making of the most powerful prime minister in modern Thai history.
Politicians whose images are plagued by corruption scandals remain in the Cabinet, with some getting even bigger posts. Some were “demoted”, but that they were kept in the government at all must have disappointed those who thought that 19 million votes would embolden Thaksin to do away with all the black sheep...
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