Subtle moves on poll theft front
Fabulous week for election thievery, last week was. It was so slick you have to think it was either an accident or proof that the general prime minister should seriously stick around and break the service record for the post (Plaek Pibulsonggram, 9 years, 161 days).
We freedom of speech absolutists have to give credit where it's due. The stealth takeover of 80% of TV broadcasters took our breath away.
Not only does the government come away looking like the altruistic, fair-minded friend of both big business and the 70 million TV watchers but it got public applause for taking billions in taxpayer funds and handing it to digital TV owners claiming poverty. In return, digital TV newsrooms will broadcast what the regime wants, when the regime wants.
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A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.