'Truth Today' talk show gets relaunch

Three core leaders of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will host the Truth Today television programme on state-run Channel 11, in a move seen as an attempt to counter the anti-government protests.

UDD core leader Jatuporn Prompan on Friday said he and two other red-shirt leaders, Nattawut Saikuar and Veerakarn Musikapong, would co-host the Truth Today political talk show which is being revived.

The programme will relaunch on Saturday and then air from 9.30 to 10.30pm on weekdays, Mr Jatuporn said.

The programme was first broadcast in 2008 during the Samak Sundaravej government. The programme was axed in 2009 when Abhisit Vejjajiva was prime minister.

The UDD will hold a mass rally in Ayutthaya province on Tuesday, Constitution Day, in a show of force to protect the elected government, UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth said yesterday.

The UDD leader lashed out at the People's Democratic Reform Committee protest for being anarchic.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had led supporters in seizing government offices and intimidating the media and had almost led the country into a state of chaos, Ms Tida said.

Mr Suthep's proposal to invoke Section 7 of the constitution, which would lead to the installation of a royally appointed prime minister and cabinet, was an attempt to use 100,000 votes to nullify the legitimacy of the votes of 15 million, Ms Tida said.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, a group of red shirts, carrying placards with messages of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, gathered in front of the provincial hall yesterday. The group was led by former transport minister Thawee Kraikupt, former Ratchaburi provincial councillor Suthat Srathongkaew and Sakol Khunapitak, kamnan of tambon Suan Pueng.

Meanwhile, an anti-government group staged a rally at that Thao Suranaree Monument on Friday. No violence occurred.

Anuwat Thinnarat, chairman of the UDD's northeastern network and the Nakhon Ratchasima red-shirt network, said Mr Suthep's threat to escalate his protest to oust the government would ignite more tension in the country.

In Udon Thani, Khon Rak Udon Club chairman Khwanchai Praipana, said leaders of red-shirt networks in 20 northeastern provinces have monitored the anti-government movement in Bangkok.

Mr Kwanchai said he believed national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew could control the situation.

He said he had not yet decided whether to mobilise red shirts to join the UDD's mass rally on Tuesday, as he was preparing to hold another rally in Udon Thani.

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Discussion 1 : 08/12/2013 at 02:08 AM
The truth to the "DEMOCRACY" can not be possible by any other means. If that not Democracy truth today will that be the communist system types? So, let's the Constitution Court to decide!
Discussion 2 : 07/12/2013 at 08:38 PM
Lets take the easy way out, the PTP way. Stop all opposition, pass all bills, amnesty for all, free for all. Then when the country is completely raped , pillaged and utterly bankrupt and destitute, maybe then the penny may drop.
Discussion 3 : 07/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
It seems the regimes of North Korea and Zimbabwe also have a government sponsored show called " Truth today" ….LOL
Discussion 4 : 07/12/2013 at 05:40 PM
Another version of Fox News: We report, you decide. This talk show will be hosted by the three monkeys again: See no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil. ‘Truth Today’ motto: We talk, you listen (but don’t think).
Discussion 5 : 07/12/2013 at 05:37 PM
"Today's truth" would be a better name. Because in the land of smiles you never know what's gonna be the truth tomorrow.
Discussion 6 : 07/12/2013 at 05:24 PM
Hypocrites these guys can't handle the truth
Discussion 7 : 07/12/2013 at 05:05 PM
Think you are overlooking the fact that your comment is posted here too
Discussion 8 : 07/12/2013 at 04:51 PM
And the Truth is, they are all liars !
Discussion 9 : 07/12/2013 at 04:31 PM
"these people have been politicized to the point they know what is in their interest and vote accordingly" The question is, do they know what is in the best interest of the whole country? Understandably, they voted for TRT and its successors because Thaksin was clever enough to create the "appearance" that he cared. He doled out loads of money to the Isaan masses from long-suffering BKK tax-payers for dubious projects, such as OTOP and the unsustainable 30-Baht health scheme and won hearts that are selfish and minds that just don't think too deeply or too long-term. But, what has he and his minions ever done for the rest of the country?
Discussion 10 : 07/12/2013 at 04:24 PM
People who like a good laugh in the circus should have a look at this show!! Not clear to choose the term hilarious or pathetic though...
Discussion 11 : 07/12/2013 at 04:06 PM
State run Channel 11. State run = PTP run. The voice, the weather, the truth, the whatever. But please rename this one to "Our Truth"
Discussion 12 : 07/12/2013 at 04:03 PM
No, I just think that a state media outlet that is paid by our taxes should not be politicised and be used as a mouthpiece for one spectrum of the political divide. In fact, it shouldn't be used for any side.
Discussion 13 : 07/12/2013 at 03:56 PM
almost led the country into a state of chaos, Ms Tida said. as compared to red shirts who did....have not seen these protesters burn down a building yet
Discussion 14 : 07/12/2013 at 03:29 PM
I see this is the Dem/Suthep supporters comment area!
Discussion 15 : 07/12/2013 at 02:21 PM
Actually i like the "TRUTH TODAY" name, it's so positive ways and also for so many good things or like truth Democracy truth democratic institution, truth legitimately elected truth today and truth justice.
Discussion 16 : 07/12/2013 at 01:51 PM
Amazing Thailand continues. You have to see it to believe it. Cry or laugh?
Discussion 17 : 07/12/2013 at 01:34 PM
Is this supposed to be sarcastic or funny?
Discussion 18 : 07/12/2013 at 01:22 PM
Will make a change from 'Absolute bollocks today' hosted nightly by Suthp!
Discussion 19 : 07/12/2013 at 01:10 PM
I am sure this show will be impartial. Jatuporn who is a commentator on has said "we will turn the sky red, red as blood" and "use the children as human shields". Only the gullible (who ironically the show is aimed at) would believe this to be impartial.
Discussion 20 : 07/12/2013 at 12:55 PM
Hmmm a logo with their picture on it? Narcissism? People wearing their pictures on their body? Cult of personality? Did you know, according to the respected Asia Foundation, in 2010, when the UDD/Thaksin were much more popular, only 14% of the country considered themselves "red?" Out of that, 7% considered themselves only as "leaning toward red." Sounds like this program doesn't have a "huge following."
Discussion 21 : 07/12/2013 at 12:40 PM
politicized = propagandized by the UDDocrats
Discussion 22 : 07/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
Here are some quotes from the show "If we want democracy we have to remove all opposition" and "Freedom of speech should not be granted to those that abuse it" and my favorite "The PTP won the election so they have the right to do what ever they want" Have you even watched the show previously or you just saying this because it is UDD initiated. This typifies people not thinking for themselves.
Discussion 23 : 07/12/2013 at 12:15 PM
Finally, on Thai TV, channel 11, we can see the Thai version of the American classic "The Three Stooges". Curly, Larry and Moe. It was a comedy. Thank you, Pheu Thai.
Discussion 24 : 07/12/2013 at 11:47 AM
This program is manipulation of the masses, nothing else.
Discussion 25 : 07/12/2013 at 11:26 AM
Finally, a show that's honest, credible and of impartial by virtuous and intelligent men. Good move by the government. Thai people need to know the truth!
Discussion 26 : 07/12/2013 at 11:17 AM
Its just red propaganda, if its real truth, who do they repeatedly slam the oppostion and never reflect on themselves? A reality the PTP supporters have not awakened up to. Why don't they reflect on their failed schemes that is costing tax payers billions each year? Why can't oppostion hold a truth rally in their region then? you tell me, why are they so afraid, why do they need to be aggressive and chase the opposition out? Why do they have to create red villages in order to separate citizens by colors?
Discussion 27 : 07/12/2013 at 10:56 AM
Fair enough but the station has to offer an alternative slot for the Dems etc to show no bias.
Discussion 28 : 07/12/2013 at 10:24 AM
For PADocrats who have been kept in the dark about the history of this program, let me assure you it has a huge following. The three hosts even comprise the logo of the UDD....It is not by accident that the unelected, coup-rooted Govt. of AV axed this program as one of its' first acts...This program spearheaded the first significant initiative to politicize the masses...PADocrats like to arrogantly dismiss them as motivated by money and anything else they can think of. But be assured, these people have been politicized to the point they know what is in their interest and vote accordingly. A reality the PADocrats have not awakened to
Discussion 29 : 07/12/2013 at 10:17 AM
Another idiot trying to out-idiot Suthep. What a joke. Yeh, but you started it. Grow up
Discussion 30 : 07/12/2013 at 10:16 AM
Not a joke Amerman...A serious challenge to the PADocrat coup-mongers, as it was after 2006...It was no accident the coup-rooted Govt. of AV eliminated this program asap...This program was the first serious launching of the campaign to politicize the masses, and not make them so subject to regular coups, stealing the Govt. they elected....History shows how succesful that was.
Discussion 31 : 07/12/2013 at 10:00 AM
Judging by the picture,it looks like terror-accused recently turned multi-millionares Jatuporn and Nattawut is greeting their audience in the same manner as Mussolini greeted his. Or the Austrian guy with the strange mustache. It would be interesting to see if their audience also raised their right hand like that.
Discussion 32 : 07/12/2013 at 09:42 AM
Are they going to talk about the facts like Nattawut single handily destroying the number one rice exporter in the world? Or may how million tonnes went rotten today ? Possibly how Thaksin sold out the UDD for amnesty ? How about how the PM cant actually hold a conversation unless it is written down .So many good topics to brain wash the masses with .
Discussion 33 : 07/12/2013 at 09:39 AM
A government controlled tv station telling the people fiction is like watching tv in China, or North Korea.
Discussion 34 : 07/12/2013 at 09:38 AM
Is it possible to twist the truth even more.What can they possibly say to try and assure people of their integrity.They have lost out big time.
Discussion 35 : 07/12/2013 at 09:04 AM
A show of lies, brainwashing and TS propaganda. What a joke.
Discussion 36 : 07/12/2013 at 07:46 AM
Red Shirt/UDD propaganda on the government TV channel without giving the Democrats an equal opportunity? Is this even legal?

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