Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sometimes That "Move To Thailand To Be A Foreign Correspondent" Thing Doesn't Pan Out

The video of one Keith Fitzgerald:

One side of the back story from The Korea Herald.

Way to counter the stereotype of Western expats in Southeast Asia as clueless, ineffectual whiners who couldn't hack it back home, Keith.

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Anonymous jeruthadamaja said...

What is this guy whining about? A job offer, which presumably was never put in writing, was rescinded. It happens all the time. The fact that this guy left a seemingly decent job in Korea on a promise and a handshake shows he is not the sharpest knife in the box.

His troubles after arriving in Thailand were caused entirely by his own fault - e.g., Asian banks are fine for domestic use, but one should keep their US/UK/Oz bank account for international travel/resettlement (as well as a corresponding credit card).

He will find that running his mouth in the KH and on Youtube will do little to endear him to the Labor Court, even given its historically pro-employee stance. He is losing big face with this smear campaign, which will surely weigh on the Labor Court's decision.

As a Thailand expat, I am disgusted with this guy.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Keith Fitzgerald is not telling us the full story. I suspect that he was hired pending reference check. So the employer called up his past employers and they said the guy's no good and that's why the job offer was retracted. After all, why was Keith Fitzgerald in a rush to leave the Korea Herald in the first place? Who in their right mind would leave The Korea Herald, an international famous nationwide paper, for the amature expat paper of the Phuket Gazette? I suspect he got fired for just reasons from the Korea Herald, and the Korea Herald boss told the Phuket Gazette boss this, and so the offer was retracted. But unfortunately for Keith, he already moved down there instead of waiting for his visa to get approved. Why the sudden rush? He probably was hoping that his sudden move down there would speed up the process and the Phuket Gazette boss might not even bother with the reference check.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know Keith? It seems like you do. If so, what was the conclusion of the story? He wrote that it was going to court, but that Herald story was published a long time ago. What was the result?
-Jason S.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith will soon be going to the
Philippines. Let's hope it's not to be a foreign correspondent. Hahahaha.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

This whole debacle was a complete mess from start to finish. Best to let it rest I think.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

"Jeruthadamaja" throws spaghetti at the wall, asserting on no other basis than his own daft musings, that the Phuket Gazette's job offer to me was "presumably never put in writimg." In fact, the Gazette's managing director sent me, with a copy to the Royal Thai embassy in Seoul, an official job offer, stating that I was eminently qualified for the job and that my experience and skill were most needed by the paper.
"Anonymous" is on even more pathetically paper-thin ground as he shares with us his suspicion that I was fired from the Korea Herald. In point of fact, the managing editor wanted me to stay, and he gave me a very nice, personally inscribed commemorative plaque at my goodbye dinner. I was told that no other copy editor-reporter had gotten such an honor, at least in recent memory. Also, the National desk editor, a veteran Korean reporter, told me that I was the best editor and writer at the paper.
I left the Korea Herald to take on a new challenge in a new land.
The obvious problem with blogs like this is that anyone can say anything anonymously, and never be held accountable. The level of discourse is at oonga-boonga level, with all kinds of crackpots and various interested parties, such as employees of the Gazette who will not come out as such, spouting off whatever vitriol comes into their head at any given moment.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just want to say, keith, i don't know why your job offer was taken back, but one thing is clear that you have failed to mention: your error of moving down there without a visa. u should of waited for your visa to be approved. your entirely to blame for that. you know better as you, supposedly, worked and lived in south korea, so you know that work visas are only issued outside the country of where your to work. u jumped the gun. just accept that. u jumped the gun. your at fault for moving down there before everything was finalized. maybe the company just didn't have the money to hire you. or maybe not. we will never know why they canceled their job offer to u. but you errored in moving down there before things were set in stone. that your's fault! so you, you take responsibility for that.

by rob

2:49 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Anon-Ass shares the following excrementia with us: I should have gotten a visa before I moved to Thailand. His ignorance is startling. Is he capable of reading before dumping his doo-doo in the public square? I got the mandatory Non-Immigrant B visa at the Royal Thai embassy in Seoul before moving to Thailand.
What kind of subliterate does not even know how to write "should have," but instead writes "should of"? And who scribbles: "you errored" and "that your's fault"?
Seems like the same fool who has splattered bile on the Lost Boy blog, using other names ...

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Phuket Gazette has a very high staff turnover. There are alot of gossips and rumors around the island about the owner. I think this is a strange blog, why does an editor coming from Korea to Thailand not pan out?

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, I'm sure it's nothing personal that they didn't hire you.
I'm sure they just found someone who was more qualified.

At the end of the day the paper has to make money so they have to hire individuals who are qualified and who they believe will do the job well.

Not hiring you was simply a business decision. It's nothing

8:57 AM  

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