The author takes care of that canard by including both figures (included and not included).
I’m sorry, I must of missed it... because it’s a load of crap! According the article, when food and gas are included the figure changes .13 percent (that’s right, 1/10th of a apercentage point)? Do you eat every day? Do you drive every day? Do an overwhelming percentage of americans buy food every day? Have you been to te grocery store lately? Meat is becoming a luxury item. Yet somehow, when including things all Americans buy daily like food(sometimes several times per day)it only changes the rate by .13, there is something seriously wrong with the numbers.