Twitter went wild over a CNN Business article on Friday that referred to the country’s recently slashed gas prices as a “$100 a month increase.”
The piece, written by Chris Isidore, senior author of CNN Business, argued that as gas prices have fallen from their record average, people should view it from the perspective that it is an “unexpected form of economic stimulus.”
“The next time you stop at a gas station, think of it as a $100 a month tax cut. Or a pay raise of maybe $100 a month,” he told readers.
Explaining the reason for joy, he wrote: “Since the record $5.02 per gallon on June 14, the national average price for regular gas has fallen $1.10 or 22% to $3.92, according to AAA. That average has now fallen 67 days in a row.”
Isidore then formulated that data in terms of family savings. “Since the typical American household uses about 90 gallons of gas per month, the $1.10 drop in price equates to a $98.82 savings.”
However, Twitter users who lived with much lower gas prices before President Biden took office found this to be offensive propaganda.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong, RN.D., neutralized the spin in the simplest terms, tweeting: “Gas was $2.39 a gallon when @POTUS took office. It’s now $3.92. Following on @CNN, the arsonist gets a medal for helping fight the fire he started.”
Conservative comedian Jeremy McLellan noted, “I think the same thing every time I rob a gas station.”
“Mocking. These. People.” stated Red State Deputy Editor Kira Davis.
Rebel News co-founder Ezra Levant accused the media and Democrats of being one and the same, commenting, “The Media Party.”
Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, criticized the network, tweeting, “CNN just makes it so easy for its critics. This is next level gas lighting.”
“CNN is a complete joke.” tweeted the FreedomWorks Twitter account.
Republican US Congressional candidate from Texas Troy Nehls wrote, “This is why nobody trusts @CNN.”
The Daily Wire account sarcastically tweeted, “Journalism at its best.”
“Gas still costs an average of $1.50 per gallon more than it was on Jan. 20, 2021. This spin should be reported as an in-kind contribution to the Democratic Party,” argued Marc Lotter, director of communications at the America First Policy Institute.
Rep. Mike Carey, R-Ohio, tweeted: “So it’s not just the White House that is changing definitions and twisting the story. Americans are still paying much higher gas prices than they should. Unleash American manufacturing, accelerate energy infrastructure, and stop punishing the industry with over-regulation and higher taxes!”
Daily Wire reporter Virginia Kruta summed up the propaganda, tweeting: “This is like the jewelry store tripling their prices before advertising a super sale at 50% off. Imagine being stupid enough not to just believe that you saves money, but also to actively work hard for the gaslighters.
“This would make Stalin blush,” noted Free Beacon writer Drew Holden.
Chris Hartline, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, couldn’t believe the article was published at all, tweeting, “I’d say it’s really shocking that this went through an editorial process, but again, it’s CNN. So no, it’s not shocking at all.”
And Republican communications strategist Matt Whitlock asked Isidore to imagine his employer, CNN Business, using a similar logic: “If your employer cuts your salary by $200 and then gives you $100 back, do you call that a raise?”
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