A tale of two newspapers: Bangkok governor predictions

A tale of two newspapers: Bangkok governor predictions - June 10, 2004
As the Post sinks into an ever more bland, 'just the facts' format (as if they are printing press releases), The Nation increasingly spins each story into an anti-Thaksin piece.

Samak unlikely to run for second term, says Thaksin - Predicts independent candidate will win - Bangkok Post, June 10, 2004
According to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej will not seek re-election in city polls scheduled for Aug 29.
Mr Thaksin said yesterday Mr Samak would not seek a second term, but may not officially declare his decision.
"To my knowledge, Mr Samak will not contest the upcoming gubernatorial poll,'' he said.
Mr Thaksin also claimed to know who was most likely to win the election...

Premier’s comments on election draw flak - The Nation, June 10, 2004
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that he believes an independent candidate will win the Bangkok governor election in August.
Thaksin insisted that his Thai Rak Thai Party would not enter the race but his party members were free to support any independent candidates they chose.
“I know now who Bangkokians will elect...and the winner will be an independent candidate,” Thaksin said.
The prime minister said he did not believe incumbent Samak Sundaravej would run for a second term...
Democrat Party-list MP Sathit Wongnongtoey said Thaksin’s comments indicated a misconception that he could tell Bangkok residents what to do.
“It’s none of his business to say so,” Sathit said.
“He has been in power too long and he believes that the people of Bangkok are subordinates whom he can command. But he underestimates the people because they now know what he’s up to.”
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