Morning Show Uses Thanksgiving Travel to Call High Gas Prices 'Highway Robbery'
CNNâs âAmerican Morningâ anchor John Roberts referred to high gas prices as âhighway robberyâ as they â[jumped] up over last yearâs holiday drive.â
Reporter Alina Cho also warned that âExperts said we could be looking at $4 a gallon gas as early as the springâ on the November 19 show.
But the people on the street CNN interviewed didnât seem to agree completely with the grim picture âAmerican Morningâ painted.
One woman said she was more concerned about global warming and welcomed the new gas prices because they would push drivers to not drive as much.
Another man described himself as âfairly concernedâ even though he didnât drive that often, and a younger man said he was ânot that concernedâ because his mom was paying for the gas anyway.
CNN has used the phrase âhighway robberyâ several times when referring to gas prices.
Anchor Heidi Collins warned viewers November 7 on âCNN Newsroomâ that âFilling up may soon feel like highway robbery,â and that while âOil prices [were] breaking records,â they may also break âfamily budgets.â
âComing up, what a lot of drivers are calling highway robbery. Is it, however?â Anderson Cooper plugged May 22 before going to commercial on CNNâs âAnderson Cooper 360.â
But the mediaâs coverage of gas prices during high travel periods isnât new.
âWith gridlock at the nationâs airports, skyrocketing gas prices and a weak dollar overseas, vacations can create more stress than they relieve,â Bianna Golodryga said in an August 11 segment of âGood Morning America.â According to an ABC poll, she said, 30 percent of Americans âsaid that they were not planning long-distance driving vacations this summer, primarily due to high gas prices.â
Gasoline had dropped to $2.801 the day of that report â 43 cents below its May record.