YINGLUCK Shinawatra kicked off her campaign over the weekend. I caught up with her at Phayao. Am still in Chiang Rai; I interviewed her on the way here.
Thai political divide reality check : I just got a call from a Thai friend, asking what I was doing this Sunday afternoon. When I said I was in Chiang Rai covering Yingluck's campaign, she said: ''So, you support her.''
Likewise on Twitter, after I tweeted that I was at the Phayao rally (the first of the day) someone responded saying: ''Why do you advertise this party?''
All this would be amusing if it wasn't so starkly illustrative of the political divide which has so bitterly polarised Thailand.
Many fail to distinguish between the messenger and the message, and fail to see that it is the job of a journalist to cover the news, whoever is making it.
My covering something or somebody, does not mean an endorsement of the subject or the point of view.
It's been this way in Thailand since about 2008.
The middle ground of objective reporting and analysis has been squeezed until it is a very, very narrow space indeed.