Deputy Premier Chalerm Yoobamrung and Channel 7 reporter Somchit Kruanawasunthorn were engaged in a "war of words" today -- quite a rare happening. But considering the two's equally well-known gift of gab, it was quite surprising that the verbal clash only exploded today.
At one point during Chalerm's Q-A with reporters, Somchit asked him several questions about the upcoming anti-government rally by Pitak Siam Group. Chalerm told her: "You have been to the Democrat Party too often. You are overindulgent with the Democrat Party."
Somchit told him: "I can sue you for defamation if you say that."
Chalerm retorted: "What's libellous about that? If you think so, just report to police and have me arrested."
A few moments later, after Chalerm left the gathering, she followed him to shout: "What if I say you are Thaksin's slave? Would that he libellous?"
Chalerm shouted back: "Yes, that's libellous."
Somchit hit back: "Then, you go and report to police..."