Morning Show Uses Thanksgiving Travel to Call High Gas Prices 'Highway Robbery'
CNNâ€™s â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť anchor John Roberts referred to high gas prices as â€śhighway robberyâ€ť as they â€ś[jumped] up over last yearâ€™s holiday drive.â€ť
Reporter Alina Cho also warned that â€śExperts said we could be looking at $4 a gallon gas as early as the springâ€ť on the November 19 show.
But the people on the street CNN interviewed didnâ€™t seem to agree completely with the grim picture â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť 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 â€śfairly concernedâ€ť even though he didnâ€™t drive that often, and a younger man said he was â€śnot that concernedâ€ť because his mom was paying for the gas anyway.
CNN has used the phrase â€śhighway robberyâ€ť several times when referring to gas prices.
Anchor Heidi Collins warned viewers November 7 on â€śCNN Newsroomâ€ť that â€śFilling up may soon feel like highway robbery,â€ť and that while â€śOil prices [were] breaking records,â€ť they may also break â€śfamily budgets.â€ť
â€śComing up, what a lot of drivers are calling highway robbery. Is it, however?â€ť Anderson Cooper plugged May 22 before going to commercial on CNNâ€™s â€śAnderson Cooper 360.â€ť
But the mediaâ€™s coverage of gas prices during high travel periods isnâ€™t new.
â€śWith gridlock at the nationâ€™s airports, skyrocketing gas prices and a weak dollar overseas, vacations can create more stress than they relieve,â€ť Bianna Golodryga said in an August 11 segment of â€śGood Morning America.â€ť According to an ABC poll, she said, 30 percent of Americans â€śsaid that they were not planning long-distance driving vacations this summer, primarily due to high gas prices.â€ť
Gasoline had dropped to $2.801 the day of that report â€“ 43 cents below its May record.