Skip to comments.Thai PM gives tough questions the buzzer
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.
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(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,
How do you think Hillary got elected in New York?
I think Cindy Sheehan has one for the MSM ,too.
I thnk a gong is more appropriate.
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