Reporters Wear Out Their Fainting Couches On Rick Perry's First Full Campaign Day
All reporters have their biases. We have to work hard to keep them in check. The fact is that a good reporter will work overtime to fairly cover the folks he's naturally biased against. But good reporters can be hard to find when it comes to covering GOP candidates, it seems.
The good news is that we needed only wait until the first full day of Rick Perry's presidential campaign to learn that the media utterly reviles him. And, as Jennifer Rubin notes, "the secret is out.. the honesty is refreshing actually." It is refreshing. And it's helpful. And we don't need to pretend that they're objective or even remotely rational when it comes to covering the Texas Governor. Saves us all some time.
But still, you have to check out the complete meltdown that folks had over Perry's comments on monetary policy. Here are those comments as reported by ABC News:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry capped off his first full day of campaigning in Iowa on Monday by suggesting that if the Federal Reserve prints more money between now and November 2012 it would be akin to an act of treason.
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said, “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.”
He added, “We’ve already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The President of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost the last three years, and it has gone tragically wrong and we need to send him a clear message in November of 2012 that new leadership is coming.”
Now you might think that coming off a month where everyone to the right of Olympia Snowe was being called a terrorist in the pages of the New York Times, this statement wouldn't get much coverage. You would be wrong.
Here's the New York Times Washington correspondent Binyamin Appelbaum:
Perry's remarks (abcn.ws/pQ1isc) about Bernanke are horrifying. Full stop. This is a major party presidential candidate?
Well, I know that there are folks on the left who are making sure to condemn Perry's comments (some compared him to the Norwegian mass murderer, for instance, and no I am not joking) -- but pardon me if I sense a bit of inconsistency in the coverage. And I say that as a former neighbor of the Bernankes who thinks Perry's off-the-cuff comments should have been tempered and more considered.
Now, I don't follow Binyamin Appelbaum on Twitter. Maybe he wrote something similarly overwrought when Joe Biden was calling elected House members terrorists. I don't know. But I doubt it.
But how do you even pretend to be impartial after going all 8th-grade-girl-melodrama in response to his comments? The media have perfected the art of Macaca (that's where you write 28 front-page stories in a row about a "controversy" that no one cares about in order to hurt a candidate). But in order for that bias to work, you can't come out of the gate and flip out over someone criticizing the Fed's printing of money. Whether Perry was pandering to Paul voters or not, it's a real issue that people care about.
With so very many of my friends and family members out of work right now, I wish DC journalists were 1/10th as concerned about our sick economy and sky-high unemployment rate as Perry's views on Bernanke.