Fox News in 2008 – “No President can Control Oil Prices”
March 6, 2012
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Following GOP strategy, Fox News is again blaming the Obama administration for rising gasoline prices — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts. But back in the summer of 2008, when the average U.S. gasoline price hit a record high of $4.11, Fox said that “no President has the power to increase or to lower gas prices.”
In 2008, Fox’s coverage occasionally even mirrored the facts: expanding domestic oil drilling will not significantly lower prices, and the only way to reduce our vulnerability to gas price spikes is to use less oil. Perhaps there was more room for reality-based coverage at Fox when there wasn’t an incumbent president to defeat?
so in 2008, Fox completely got it that their War Hero president George Bush had no say over gas prices.
Now watch what Fox is saying about gas prices today —
The graph below was featured on the indispensable Chris Hayes program a week ago.
see below if you missed my posting of Haye’s excellent discussion of oil prices.