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Thanathorn, netizens slam Nation TV

By The Nation

 

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FUTURE FORWARD Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit yesterday beat a right-leaning television station at its own game, challenging it to prove the authenticity of an audio clip alleged to be a conversation between him and ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
 

Nation TV yesterday was in the hot seat after the audio clip was aired on one of its most popular news programmes, hosted by its star anchor Kanok Ratwongsakul.

 

The clip featured an alleged conversation between the two politicians discussing post-election prospects. Netizens criticised the station, saying it had shown itself to be politically compromised by reporting “fake news” that favoured the pro-junta bloc.

 

Most social media comments characterised the audio clip as “obviously fake” – composed of a voice collage of the two politicians speaking to different audiences on different occasions. ‘Stooping low’ Thanathorn, in a telephone interview with another news programme on Nation TV yesterday, said he did not think “good” media outlets would broadcast such a clip.

 

“Nation broadcasting the clip just shows how [you’re] stooping so low,” he said. “It’s a shame [you] aired it.” The anchor of another Nation TV show asked whether he had ever spoken with Thaksin.

 

Thanathorn said, “I’ve talked about this so many times. I think a good media [outlet] should not make it my burden – as the accused here – to prove it. Good media would actually apologise to me. Show responsibility to me and to the people receiving this [false] news.”

 

A Thai-language hashtag that can be translated as “NationBusted” circulated online all day yesterday along with criticism of the media giant and its conservative anchor, Kanok.

 

A station executive, however, stood firm about broadcasting the clip, claiming it was done in accordance with media ethics. He challenged Thanathorn to take legal action if he believed Nation TV had crossed the line. Nation TV managing director Chatchai Pokogwai said the station was only doing its job, reporting what was happening and then offering Thanathorn a chance to give his side of the story. But the politician merely took the opportunity to reprimand the station harshly, he said.

 

“If Thanathorn thinks our report has caused him damage, he can pursue a case against us,” Chatchai said. “I’m ready to take legal action against him as well.”

 

Spurce: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30366204

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

challenging it to prove the authenticity of an audio clip alleged to be a conversation between him and ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

what is the problem , anything anti-military is for the current greater good; thaksin was/is smart; pity his greed, spread and practiced by his minions , didnt turn out what thailand needed at the time

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It sounds like one of those unheard of smear campaigns to me🤔 

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1 hour ago, YetAnother said:

what is the problem , anything anti-military is for the current greater good; thaksin was/is smart; pity his greed, spread and practiced by his minions , didnt turn out what thailand needed at the time

It was what Thailand needed, it wasn't what the ruling elite/military needed.

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5 hours ago, Rc2702 said:

This guy does seem like the real deal but maybe a bit early for him to get the top job. Hope I'm wrong as this guy seems very international friendly.

Well yes, but he needs to think more carefully and be more sure of his facts before he speaks sometimes. 

 

His statements about the paymasters conviction being politically motivated one good example. His party co-founder is a senior law lecturer, I'm surprised he doesn't ensure such comments are very correct.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Spidey said:

It was what Thailand needed, it wasn't what the ruling elite/military needed.

Not true.

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3 hours ago, Spidey said:

Fox news for Thais.

More like "Any mainstream US news channel" for Thais.

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