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Networks Hype Rising Gas Prices 4 Times More for Bush, Than Obama
Media Research Center ^ | 2-22-12 | Julia A. Seymour

Posted on 02/22/2012 10:14:24 AM PST by tcrlaf

Gas prices mentioned in 97 stories in one month of 2008 coverage, compared to just 21 in 2012.

Rising gas prices used to be big news, but not so these days. Although the national average climbed to $3.56 on Feb. 20, setting a February record after going up nearly a month straight, there was far less coverage than in 2008. Broadcast networks repeatedly covered the rise under the Bush presidency. Gas prices bounced around eventually reaching $3.56-a-gallon on April 24, 2008.

The Business and Media Institute analyzed broadcast network news references to gas or fuel prices between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20, 2012 and from March 24 and April 24, 2008. BMI found that in the 2008 period there were more than 4 times as many gas prices stories, news briefs or news headlines on ABC, CBS and NBC as there were in 2012 (97 to 21).

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Dismal broadcast network reports about “skyrocketing” gas prices filled the newscasts in 2008. There were reports about businesses closing, airlines struggling and truckers protesting -- all because of the high prices. One ABC report said families were facing the “tough choice” between food or fuel. Others said that “wallets were running on empty” and consumers were told over and over that there was no relief in sight. But by the end of November 2008, prices had collapsed to $1.82.

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But now, in 2012, gas prices stories are very different. “[W]e’re seeing gas prices creep up every single week,” said one ABC reporter after delivering a positive economic report about the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing in on 13,000 for the first time since 2008. One CBS story just pointed out that if certain steps are taking against Iran, gas prices everywhere could move sharply higher.

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KEYWORDS: bias; democratmedia; democrats; gas; liberalmedia; mediabias; obama; prices
A VERY good article about how differently gas prices are being reported under Obama, than they were under Bush.

I wonder how deeply the Big Three Networks will try to bury THIS ONE??

As a side note, a Chicago friend notes on facebook that gas prices soared another $0.40 there just TODAY.

1 posted on 02/22/2012 10:14:30 AM PST by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

And where are the Senate investigations? Anyone? Beuller? Fry?


2 posted on 02/22/2012 10:16:55 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: tcrlaf

This perfectly illustrates the corrupt propaganda that spews from our networks and their so-called “news.”


3 posted on 02/22/2012 10:28:44 AM PST by A message
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To: tcrlaf

The lowest gas prices that I recall from the past couple of decades were when Newt Gingrich reigned in the out-of-control government. After the "Contact with America" took hold, gas prices slid to 77 cents a gallon here in North Texas.

Drill here, drill now!

4 posted on 02/22/2012 10:34:54 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: al_c

O’Reilly is back at it. The moment gas prices go up, he starts to whip up his class war dobbin blaming corporations, offering not a single shred of proof. He and his sidekick Juan Williams were so shrill and were prancing so hideously, it made me think I was watching one of Reverend-Yeah-Right Jeremiah Wright freak shows.


5 posted on 02/22/2012 10:36:36 AM PST by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: A message

The media does not blame hussein, it PRAISES him for the rising gas prices. They say it is because the economy is starting to boom.


6 posted on 02/22/2012 10:37:29 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: tcrlaf
Under the Zer0 regime the lame stream media reports the rising gas prices along the lines of "inching up" "creeping up", etc.

Under Bush it was reported as "SOARING GAS PRICES!" "RECORD HIGH FUEL PRICE!" "GAS PRICE HURTING THE POOR!"

You get the idea.

7 posted on 02/22/2012 10:40:32 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: tcrlaf
NO GAS
8 posted on 02/22/2012 10:41:47 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: tcrlaf
I remember how the media went after President Bush every time that gas prices went up. During the top of the hour news blurb on the local ABC station. The reporter mentioned Obama's speech tomorrow on rising gas prices by stating, "Even though a President has little control over gas prices. President Obama is going to announce steps to do what he can...".

They are already playing defense for him on the issue...

9 posted on 02/22/2012 10:44:14 AM PST by apillar
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To: Mi-kha-el

Yeah I know. BOR obviously is not a student of world economy or the concept of capitalism.

Sure, he sure he’s a warrior for the “folks” but is misguided on this front. The “folks” are shareholders and consumers. Some are both. BOR is advocating taking from one group “shareholders” for the benefit of another “consumers”.

Is this not socialism?

The natural gas industy is a perfect example of what happens when we unleash capitalism: 70% reduction of the cost of nat gas at the wellhead. I’m not saying the same can happen with oil, but we can do more by allowing those in the business to operate.

But BOR wants socialism by jawboning.


10 posted on 02/22/2012 10:47:10 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: tcrlaf

The press hated Bush. They love Barry. That ain’t news. It ain’t fair. But it ain’t news.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 10:54:56 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: tcrlaf

But more importantly, most of the stories will prominently mention that there is “nothing” or “little” that a President can do about gas prices.

Whereas with Bush, it was always that he WASN’T doing anything. Which in some ways is true, since first there is little he CAN do, and second the few things he WANTED to do, the democrats blocked.


12 posted on 02/22/2012 10:55:09 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: tcrlaf

I’ll bet biased reporting also includes how unemployment is covered - and ‘the homeless’. The MSM deserves to go under...


13 posted on 02/22/2012 10:55:21 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: re_nortex

No one - not one soul - will see that chart on any mainstream network news show. Not ABC, CBS, or NBC ... not the New York Times or the Washington Post or any of the dem knee pad “news” organizations.


14 posted on 02/22/2012 10:57:48 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: tcrlaf

“Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” - Steven Chu, Energy Secretary for Barrack Obama

At least Obama can point to his one accomplishment in office.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 11:02:31 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Bubba_Leroy; All

The Last time gas prices were this hig, the media was covering Demonstrations outside the White House demanding that Bush RESIGN...

Where are those people now?


16 posted on 02/22/2012 11:14:05 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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17 posted on 02/22/2012 11:19:52 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cicero2k

What really pisses me, he never offers so much as a morsel of proof. It’s always slogans and shout outs. Honest journalism requires providing facts and figures, and we will draw our own conclusions. He, at the very least, could invite a panel of experts to debate the issue in real time. Althoght is too useless, since he would interrupt them and deliver speeches instead. If he wishes to oppine, let him not be a nobbinscrubble.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 11:23:29 AM PST by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: tcrlaf
And the talking points must have come out yesterday, I heard some close form of “There really isn't much a president can do...” twice yesterday and once today. Contrast that with the 2008 reporting!
19 posted on 02/22/2012 11:29:08 AM PST by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: tcrlaf

We don’t need the useless media to report on rising gas prices under Obama. The people know about the high prices each time they fill up, and they know it’s due to Obama’s anti-energy policies. As Bob Dylan once sang: “I don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Even the media can’t save Obama from public opinion on this one because people have first-hand knowledge of the issue.


20 posted on 02/22/2012 11:45:01 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: tcrlaf

Among this crowd, the conclusions of this article are a surprise to no one.

At some stations here in San Jose, CA, regular gas is already over $4/gal, and diesel fuel has been at that level for several months.


21 posted on 02/22/2012 12:02:05 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: tcrlaf

I heard someone say ( on Red Eye Radio?)Nat Gas is around the equivelent of $1.37 a gal.


22 posted on 02/22/2012 12:08:17 PM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Our Dear Leader can squawk all he wants and blame everyone else, but the fact is gas prices are soaring again under his leadership. Good or bad, right or wrong, a President owns the economy.

The difference here is how it’s reported, or rather “under reported”. Gas goes way up right now, the MSM tries to keep a tighter lid on it. When it begins to drop (and it will), the MSM will be breathless in their reporting.

In short, the media folks will try and soften the blows our Dear Leader has been giving the American economy these past 3+ years. Will the sheeple be fooled again? November is coming and we’ll find out.


23 posted on 02/22/2012 12:47:28 PM PST by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: tcrlaf
"The Last time gas prices were this hig, the media was covering Demonstrations outside the White House demanding that Bush RESIGN...

Where are those people now?

Unfortunately, they can't afford the gas to drive to D.C. (smile).

24 posted on 02/22/2012 1:00:25 PM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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To: In Maryland
Where are those people now?

Oh, I guess you must have missed it, but they are busy right now "occupying" other places. Sorry.

25 posted on 02/22/2012 1:31:30 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: shelterguy

The country is sick and tired of being lied to. We cannot believe a thing on the evening news from the ABC stations.


26 posted on 02/22/2012 3:51:05 PM PST by FreedBird
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