Glaring Media Double Standard on Gas Prices

Are you shocked? I certainly hope not. What sparked my disgust on this topic was an article from MSN Money titled “Why you should love $5 gas.” Yes, that’s right, under President Obama, we should be thankful if gasoline reaches a record $5 per gallon this summer.

There will be less pollution, few cars on the road, fewer traffic-related deaths, more interest in hybrid vehicles, etc.. You’d think expensive gasoline was so good, congress should immediately price control a gallon of regular unleaded to $10 per gallon, then we’d really be enjoying the benefits.

Here’s an excerpt from the MSN Money article dated April 19, 2011:

As you pump 13 gallons into your Honda CR-V — American’s best-selling SUV and a thrifty 28 on the highway and 21 in town — it’s near impossible to view the $50 you’re spending with a positive attitude.

With the national average at $3.84, it’s easy to label oil executives as pond scum, but try to remain open-minded. Think of the big picture: While that promised road trip to Disney World just went up in carbon monoxide, $5 gasoline may actually have an upside if it arrives this summer as some experts predict. Not for you and your family personally, maybe, but perhaps for the United States as a whole.

Not only good for your family, but good for the country as a whole. If only we would have been voluntarily paying $5 per gallon for years now, we could have realized these generous benefits earlier.

In fact, $5 is do good, I’m going to bring in Senator Harry Reid to explain the benefits of expensive fuel:

Of course, that is Reid from 2008 blaming President Bush for the cost of fuel:

Gasoline Has Risen to 250 Percent of the Price it was When President Bush Took Office: Senator Reid discusses the impact that rising gas prices have had on the American people in a speech on the Senate floor on 6/3/08 (01:10).

Lets also flash back to July 17, 2008 in a CNN article putting out then Speaker Pelosi’s talking points about how “two oil men” are in the White House conspiring to raise the cost of gasoline:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday blamed the “two oil men in the White House,” President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and their Republican allies in Congress for gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, said multiple initiatives intended to lower high energy costs have passed the Democratically controlled House only to “run into a brick wall” in the Senate because they did not receive the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican filibusters.

“The price of oil is… is attributed to two oil men in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Pelosi said she would continue to oppose two policy changes that President Bush and congressional Republicans have been advocating: lifting the ban on offshore drilling and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.

Here’s an ABC News report from February 29, 2008 in which the ABC reporter declares President Bush is “in the dark” on gas prices while America struggles to stay afloat:

The bottom line, of course, is that in 2008, there was one man responsible for increased gas prices and he lived in the White House. Even if he wasn’t directly responsible, we was so out of touch, according to the media, that he is adding to the pain at the pump merely by existing.

Do some Google searching in the 2007/2008 time frame and the media is overflowing with articles about how President Bush’s policies have created these unsustainable fuel costs.

Return to present day and we’re getting articles from MSN Money about the joys of $5 gasoline. No mention of politics whatsoever. It is as if there is no one to blame for these prices now except oil companies.

Now, sadly, we have no one to blame for skyrocketing gas prices, we can only wallow in the seemingly unending benefits of $5 per gallon fuel and thank President Obama for opening our eyes to it.