Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FOX News: "Regarding Gas Prices, Obama Is Omnipotent; Bush Was Impotent"

It's been a rough day today, so the post is a bit on the short side - I apologize. I just wanted to call attention to this entertaining little bit from Media Matters, which outlines the extent to which FOX News thinks the power of the President changes depending on who sits in the Oval Office:
Following GOP strategy, Fox News is again blaming the Obama administration for rising gasoline prices -- a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts. But back in the summer of 2008, when the average U.S. gasoline price hit a record high of $4.11, Fox said that "no President has the power to increase or to lower gas prices."
In 2008, Fox's coverage occasionally even mirrored the facts: expanding domestic oil drilling will notsignificantly lower prices, and the only way to reduce our vulnerability to gas price spikes is to use less oil. Perhaps there was more room for reality-based coverage at Fox when there wasn't an incumbent president to defeat?
To the video evidence! In 2008, when Bush was in office and gas prices reached record highs, FOX News reporting on the topic was reasonably accurate - they said that the President has no power to raise or lower gas prices, that gas prices are set by the market through the laws of supply and demand, that drilling for more oil will have almost no effect on the price of gas, etc. etc.:

My, how times change when there's a Democratic President. Suddenly, Obama has the power to call forth gasoline angels from the sky or devils from hell to lower or raise gas prices at his whim, and gas prices are reaching a record high because that is his own personal desire. Supply and demand, increased demand from developing countries, political instability and uncertainty in oil-producing countries (and war-mongering against Iran) - these have no effect on gas prices now that a Democrat is President; high gas prices are solely Obama's doing:

Hmmm, funny that ... what do you think actually happened - did all of the fundamental dynamics of the oil market change completely in the past four years? Or could it be that, with an incumbent Democratic President to try to defeat this November, FOX News continues to morph into the propaganda wing of the Republican National Committee?

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