gas prices http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19532/all en Media Anticipated Gas Increases, Not Drop to Nearly $2-a-Gallon http://www.mrc.org/articles/media-anticipated-gas-increases-not-drop-nearly-2-gallon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just before latest major price drop, networks forecast climbing prices, ‘dire’ $5 gas. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/132414" width="593" height="280" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">The dramatic collapse of gas prices is one story the news media didn’t see coming. In fact, as recently as June 2014, network news anchors and reporters were still talking about the prospect of $5 gasoline.</p><p dir="ltr">It turns out the media aren’t very good fortune tellers, and when it comes to gas prices they were wrong this time, just as many new outlets had gotten it wrong years earlier.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/media-anticipated-gas-increases-not-drop-nearly-2-gallon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Media abc broadcast networks cbs gas prices gasoline NBC oil and gas price drops price increases Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:45:42 +0000 julia.seymour 48138 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Touts Own Poll Showing Increase in Obama’s Approval Rating; Barely Covered It Before Midterms http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-touts-own-poll-showing-increase-obamas-approval-rating-barely-covered-it-midterms <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the conclusion of a story on Wednesday’s&nbsp;<em>CBS Evening News</em>&nbsp;on the drop in gas prices and how Americans feel about the economy, CBS News senior business correspondent Anthony Mason felt that it was important to inform viewers that President Obama’s approval rating has improved six points from October in the latest&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-approval-rating-ticks-up-in-2015/" href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-approval-rating-ticks-up-in-2015/" target="_blank">CBS News poll</a>.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-touts-own-poll-showing-increase-obamas-approval-rating-barely-covered-it-midterms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anthony Mason Barack Obama Bias by Omission Bob Schieffer cbs CBS Evening News CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley economy gas prices Polling President Barack Obama President Obama Thu, 15 Jan 2015 03:46:24 +0000 curtis.houck 48014 at http://www.mrc.org Gas Below $3 in 49 States, Senators Call for Gas Tax Hike http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-below-3-49-states-senators-call-gas-tax-hike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As falling prices poised to be ‘big plus for the economy’ politicians consider ‘option’ of higher taxes. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Drivers in every state except Hawaii are now paying less than $3-per-gallon for regular gasoline on average.</p><p dir="ltr">According to AAA, on Jan. 6, Alaska became the forty-ninth state in which gas prices fell below $3-a-gallon. On that day, gas dropped to an average $2.999 per gallon in Alaska, as the national average sat at $2.194 nationwide.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-below-3-49-states-senators-call-gas-tax-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Energy Government Politics Taxes AAA Alaska drivers driving gas prices Gas Tax gasoline Hawaii national average gas price tax hike tax increases Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:35:54 +0000 julia.seymour 47947 at http://www.mrc.org Columnist Finds ‘Downside’ to Low Gas Prices, They ‘Undo Progress’ on Green Energy http://www.mrc.org/articles/columnist-finds-downside-low-gas-prices-they-undo-progress-green-energy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Detroit News publishes David Lazarus’ claims U.S. ‘dependence’ on fossil fuels is like crack addiction. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">While low gas prices prompted strong sales last month of trucks and SUVs produced by American automakers, one Los Angeles Times columnist found multiple experts who viewed this as bad news. And his criticism was published online by The Detroit News.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/columnist-finds-downside-low-gas-prices-they-undo-progress-green-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Energy Media auto sales David Lazarus Detroit Detroit News drug addiction fossil fuels fuel gas prices gasoline green energy Los Angeles Times Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:47:24 +0000 julia.seymour 47911 at http://www.mrc.org If Not for Taxes, Gas Would be Below $2 in 29 States http://www.mrc.org/articles/if-not-taxes-gas-would-be-below-2-29-states <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Media say declining gas prices act like a ‘tax cut,’ while lefties call for higher gas taxes. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans living in most U.S. states would be paying less than $2 per gallon of regular gas if not for gas taxes.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/if-not-taxes-gas-would-be-below-2-29-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business gas prices Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:24:24 +0000 mike.ciandella 47908 at http://www.mrc.org Venezuelan President: U.S. Fracking Has ‘Flooded’ Oil Markets http://www.mrc.org/articles/venezuelan-president-us-fracking-has-flooded-oil-markets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maduro said American oil production has ‘hurt’ Venezuelan regime. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories">broadcast networks </a>may not want to give credit to hydraulic fracturing for increasing U.S. oil production and lowering global oil prices, but at least one angry world leader did just that.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/venezuelan-president-us-fracking-has-flooded-oil-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy International Fracking gas prices hydraulic fracturing nicolas maduro oil and gas Oil Prices oil production Venezuela Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:47:02 +0000 julia.seymour 47854 at http://www.mrc.org Bloomberg to Hybrid Buyers: ‘Don’t Pull Out A Calculator’ http://www.mrc.org/articles/bloomberg-hybrid-buyers-dont-pull-out-your-calculator-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lower gas prices mean Toyota Prius ‘is for drivers who stink at math.’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">As gas prices have plummeted, cost savings arguments for hybrid cars took a hit making them a less attractive option.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/bloomberg-hybrid-buyers-dont-pull-out-your-calculator-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Energy Automobiles bloomberg businessweek car sales cost gas prices hybrid cars oil and gas prices Toyota Prius Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:00:57 +0000 julia.seymour 47845 at http://www.mrc.org Oil and Gas Prices Drop, But Nets Refuse to Credit Fracking in 93% of Stories http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks’ evening shows rarely admit contribution of drilling technology to booming U.S. production. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/131355" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Thanks in part to the widespread use of technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, global oil prices plummeted in 2014. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/u-s-nears-energy-independence-by-2035-on-shale-boom-iea-says.html">Energy experts</a> even predicted the U.S. could be the top oil producer in the next several years.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Energy International Media abc cbs domestic oil production Fracking gas gas prices hydraulic fracturing NBC oil oil drilling Oil Prices oil supply OPEC Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:15:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47837 at http://www.mrc.org As Gas Prices Tumble, Ed Rendell Calls for Tax Hikes http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-tumble-ed-rendell-calls-tax-hikes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Democratic former governor tells CNBC it is time to raise federal gas tax. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The dramatic fall of gas and oil prices meant relief for holiday travelers and more money in the pockets of shoppers. <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/households-could-save-1100-from-falling-gas-prices-2014-12-01">MarketWatch</a> reported one estimate of the savings that equated it to a $75 billion tax cut for households.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-tumble-ed-rendell-calls-tax-hikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy Government Media Taxes CNBC Ed Rendell gas prices gas taxes infrastructure On the Money tax increase taxes Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:32:22 +0000 julia.seymour 47807 at http://www.mrc.org Fracked... http://www.mrc.org/cartoons/fracked <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/glenn-foden">Glenn Foden</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3000" height="2444" title="Media Research Center" alt="Media Research Center" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/Foden20141204-Frack.jpg?1417805891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-published"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">December 3, 2014 - 1:59pm</span> </div> </div> </div> MRC Business Alternative energy energy gas prices green energy Oil Prices solar wind Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:58:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47792 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Heralds $3.43-A-Gallon Gas, Forget Prices Spiked Under Obama http://www.mrc.org/articles/abc-heralds-343-gallon-gas-forget-prices-spiked-under-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gasoline continues streak above $3-a-gallon - 1,349 days by Labor Day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The news media think that because gas prices have fallen to an average of $3.43-a-gallon there is room to rejoice, even as the <a href="http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/julia-seymour/gas-prices-extend-painful-record-july-4-marks-1290-days-above-3-gallon">record streak</a> of gas prices above $3-a-gallon continues. By Labor Day that record will stand at 1,349 days.</p><p dir="ltr">ABC’s “Good Morning America” praised the “nice surprise” of lower gas prices on Aug. 26, just in time for Labor Day weekend.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/abc-heralds-343-gallon-gas-forget-prices-spiked-under-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Energy Media AAA Big Oil bush cost of gasoline driving holidays gas gas above $3 gas prices Good Morning America holiday travel Labor Day lower gas prices obama oil and gas Rebecca Jarvis travel weekends Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:14:46 +0000 julia.seymour 47020 at http://www.mrc.org Media’s Top 10 Most Embarrassing Predictions of 2013 http://www.mrc.org/articles/medias-top-10-most-embarrassing-predictions-2013 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting it wrong, news outlets’ erroneous forecasts: Healthcare.gov like online shopping, abundant Atlantic hurricanes, $24 billion government shutdown and more. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Print, broadcast or web, the media sure aren’t Nostradamus. In spite of their best attempts, the news media have gotten it wrong prediction after prediction on a wide range of business and economic issues in 2013.</p><p dir="ltr">Just in the past year, reporters warned of “economic doomsday,” thought Healthcare.gov was going to be “easy” just like Amazon.com, and warned of melting polar ice, even as a new record was set for ice mass.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/medias-top-10-most-embarrassing-predictions-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Environment Government Health Media Politics Amazon atlantic hurricanes climate error Fed fiscal cliff fiscal doomsday food prices Forecasts gas prices government shutdown HealthCare.gov hurricane forecast ice ice melt meat shortages monetary policy obamacare obamacare website Predictions price forecasts QE3 quantatitive easing sequester stock market Wall Street you can keep your plan Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:15:24 +0000 julia.seymour 45145 at http://www.mrc.org Higher Gas Prices the ‘Price of Cleaner Air’ http://www.mrc.org/articles/higher-gas-prices-price-cleaner-air <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS, NBC promote new EPA regulations, undermine critics. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">New EPA regulations could increase the price of gas by nine cents or more when they take effect in the next four years, American Petroleum Institute (API) scientists say. However, ABC, CBS and NBC &nbsp;news programs gave little credence to those concerns, and hyped EPA’s claims of “significant health benefits” instead. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/higher-gas-prices-price-cleaner-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Energy Environment Government abc API California cbs Diane Sawyer emissions EPA gas gas prices gasoline Jim Avila NBC Oil Companies oil industry Regulation sulfur Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:57:47 +0000 julia.seymour 43077 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Demand Bush Release Strategic Petroleum Reserve Over 3 Times More than for Obama http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-demand-bush-release-strategic-petroleum-reserve-over-3-times-more-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS and NBC pressure Bush more, but praise Obama more. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is well-established that the broadcasts networks covered rising gas prices different under President George W. Bush’s administration than they did President Barack Obama, in tone and even the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/fuelish-nbc-devotes-3-times-much-airtime-gas-prices-2008-2013">amount of coverage</a>.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-demand-bush-release-strategic-petroleum-reserve-over-3-times-more-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy Government Media Politics abc cbs coverage conspiracy Double Standard gas gas prices gasoline NBC networks strategic petroleum reserve strategic reserve Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:39:43 +0000 julia.seymour 42847 at http://www.mrc.org Fuelish: NBC Devotes 3 Times As Much Airtime to Gas Prices in 2008, as 2013 http://www.mrc.org/articles/fuelish-nbc-devotes-3-times-much-airtime-gas-prices-2008-2013 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comparison shows NBC News far less willing to report soaring gas prices under Obama. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No rising price affects the American psyche like skyrocketing gas prices. After all, many people drive past one or more gas stations each and every day, making it impossible not to see the prices soar. Then when the weekly, or bi-weekly fill up time rolls around, they feel the pain acutely.<br /><br />How network news media cover the consumer issue seems to have a lot to do with who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. NBC News is a perfect example – covering rapidly rising prices in 2008 three times more than far higher prices in 2013.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/fuelish-nbc-devotes-3-times-much-airtime-gas-prices-2008-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Energy Media Politics 2008 2013 Barack Obama Evening News february gary wolfram gas prices gasoline gasoline price George W. Bush Good Morning America inflation Josh Elliot Matt Lauer Nightly News pump prices rising prices stagflation Today Tom Costello World News Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:39:23 +0000 julia.seymour 42820 at http://www.mrc.org