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Thai PM gives tough questions the buzzer
mercury news ^ | 8-25-05 | ap

Posted on 08/25/2005 3:36:27 PM PDT by Rakkasan1

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long complained of press criticism. But he sought to turn the tables Thursday with a new tactic - sounding a buzzer every time reporters ask questions he deems "not constructive."

To the surprise of journalists and colleagues alike, Thaksin raised a handheld buzzer - which displayed an "X" sign - from behind the podium to indicate his disapproval of some questions asked at the first in a new series of weekly news conferences.

The button-pushing Thaksin sounded the alarm when a Thai newspaperman asked why the government had failed to seek parliamentary consent before introducing an emergency decree in the volatile southern provinces, where a Muslim insurgency has taken hold.

"Not constructive!" he exclaimed, referring to the reporter's question and a related one about whether foreign terrorists might be linked to the rebellion.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buzzer; pm; thai
the Rumsfeld ZOT! , Thai style.
1 posted on 08/25/2005 3:36:28 PM PDT by Rakkasan1
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To: Rakkasan1
the Rumsfeld ZOT! , Thai style.
 
EXACTLY what I was thinking!  Although watching Rummy tear some LWM D bag a new one is just one of life's simple pleasures.  God Love Ya, Rummy!

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

2 posted on 08/25/2005 3:40:28 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Rakkasan1

How do you think Hillary got elected in New York?


3 posted on 08/25/2005 4:06:37 PM PDT by Solamente
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To: Solamente

I think Cindy Sheehan has one for the MSM ,too.


4 posted on 08/25/2005 4:08:51 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (DON'T BICKER, DRINK LIQUOR-DON'T THINK, JUST DRINK.)
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To: Rakkasan1
Maybe the buzzers should be installed in the Press Chairs...


5 posted on 08/25/2005 4:11:39 PM PDT by konaice
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To: Rakkasan1

Survey Says!

BUZZZ


6 posted on 08/25/2005 5:32:19 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Rakkasan1

I thnk a gong is more appropriate.


7 posted on 08/25/2005 5:35:04 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Be a Good Mullah Now ...)
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