The Corner

Inflicting Gas Pains

Why do Americans feel uneasy about the state of the economy? Easy.  In the last three weeks, only four news stories on ABC, CBS, or NBC mentioned the low unemployment rate, 4.7 percent. And after the government reported strong economic growth on April 28, almost five percent in the first quarter, ABC and NBC each aired one story, while the “CBS Evening News” has yet to mention that good news.

By contrast, in the the last three weeks, these three networks have aired an amazing 183 news stories on the price of gas. They come larded with fist-shaking regular folks, one pawning her wedding ring for a fill-up, and another complaining, “$3.41. They should start handing out knives to cut your arm and leg off.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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