Apparently, there was a kerfuffle earlier today because Rick Perry said the following: "If this guy [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke] prints more money between now and the election ... I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we -- we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous -- or treasonous in my opinion.”
Now the very existence of the Federal Reserve is not without controversy, and the Fed's policy as of late has drawn some strong rebukes. You may disgree with Perry substantively and his comments may not have been the most artful, but beyond that he seems guilty of little other than hyperbole, which last I checked, isn't exactly a crime in politics. Yet, here's the reaction on twitter from Binyamin Appelbaum -- the New York Times's Washington correspondent:
So let me get this straight, the vice president and every Democrat under the sun -- in addition to New York Times columnists! -- can call Republicans terrorists. That's no big deal. Rick Perry says playing politics with the economy is "almost treasonous" and the New York Times rushes to label these remarks "horrifying."
There's been a lot of talk about the farcical "new civility" lately. Journalist Binyamin Appelbaum must be pioneering the "new objectivity."