Supinya said the media should truthfully report to the public without any filtration. However, this is a more sensitive issue because the allegation is not only an expression of one opinion, but there is a claim of "fact". It is thus the duty of the media to make the truth known.
"As the government is also involved in the case, media organisations are the only outlets through which the truth can be made known to the public," Supinya said.
And after the truth is brought out, the media has the right to state whether the incident was a political game or not, Supinya added.
Journalism lecturer Pirongrong Ramasoota of Chulalongkorn University agreed with Supinya, saying the media's duty is to present the facts to the public. However, to judge whether an opinion is true or not is not the media's task, but one for the public.
"The public use the media as a vehicle to access the truth," Pirongrong said.
However, to Surat Maetheekul, a former Thammasat University journalism lecturer, this serious social rift only demonstrates the fact the media must exercise caution in reporting to the public. The media, Surat added, should remind themselves that the "facts" of this case, mostly taken from key members of the anti-government group and a figure in the government, were not the whole facts.
"The media should report with thoughtfulness and be careful not to be used as a tool in this information war," said Surat.
Although there is no final consensus on the issue, one thing can be concluded: That the media should not let their concerns or their own judgements either consciously or subconsciously cause them to manipulate the "fact". Their duty is not to judge but to present evidence for opinion making on the part of the public.
Maybe Thanong, Tulsie, Sia Yoon and Sopon should read their own newspaper. They consistently mistake their own personal opinions as fact or think facts are irrelevent to their conspiracy theories masked as anaysis.
It should be fairly easy to find out what is the truth. Arrest the people who attacked the car-- which was a heinous crime, even possibly a assasination attempt-- and identify them as either Red Shirts or government agents.