Campaigning for Democrat Party activism I

25 10 2013

The Nation has apparently mobilized some of its journalists for a campaign against the government, demanding that the Democrat Party ignore its parliamentary role. For PPT that appears to be the intent of a “column” by Attayuth Bootsripoom.

We are pretty sure that Attayuth is, in fact, a journalist and not a member of the Democrat Party brought in for this particular op-ed piece. While in a Murdochesque world where “journalism” includes extremist and partisan rants by persons carrying the title “journalist” and lies, bribery and worse, political partisanship may seem “normal,” Attayuth’s partisanship is over the top. Even for his usually partisan “newspaper,” this a social media rant masquerading as a “Burning Issue” column. It begins:Fishwrap

THE DEMOCRAT Party has been holding its “Reveal the Truth” rallies for a while now, but maybe the time has come for it to mobilise the masses to oust the government on the back of the questionable amnesty bill.

Hmm. Journalism? Certainly not in the best traditions of the profession. But at least Attayuth explains the Democrat Party’s strategy, and this is useful:

… Suthep [Thaugsuban] stepped down … to work on boosting mass support for the Democrats [he means the Democrat Party]…. To do this, the Democrat Party has set up a political school, just like the red shirts did, and has been increasing its media presence by openly tying up with Blue Sky and T-News television stations [just like the red shirts did]. In addition, it has been regularly staging its “Reveal the Truth” rallies. When the House is not in session, these rallies are taken to the provinces [we assume he means the rubber farmer events]. The aim is to gain sympathy and broaden the one-sided view of the voters [i.e. the support for Puea Thai]. When the House is in session, these rallies return to Bangkok – also a Democrat [Party] stronghold.

Attayuth is also enthusiastic about strengthening the Democrat Party-People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) who “were their staunch supporters for a long time.”
As he observes, PAD is still hard at work (although it operates under various names). He then makes his call for the Democrat Party to abandon parliament for the “front line”:

But maybe this is the time for the Democrats to prove their sincerity. Previously, they reluctantly participated in political fights outside the Parliament and were later seen enjoying benefits from other people’s work. Maybe it’s time for the Democrats to stand in the front line and fight their own battles.

Elections, millions of voters and parliament? Forget them, such democratic trappings should be of no concern for the Democrat Party! PPT wonders if Attayuth is just moonlighting for The Nation from his real job as a propagandist at ASTV/Manager or its Blue Sky affiliate.


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