Twitter went wild with a CNN Business article on Friday revolving around the country’s recently reduced gas prices as a “$100 a month increase.”
The article, written by CNN Business senior writer Chris Isidore, argued that since gas prices have fallen from their average record highs, people should view it from the perspective that it is an “unexpected form of economic stimulus.” .
“The next time you stop at a gas station, think of it as a $100 a month tax cut. Or maybe a $100 a month raise,” he told readers.
Explaining the reason for joy, he wrote: “Since hitting a record high of $5.02 a gallon on June 14, the national average price for regular gasoline is down $1.10, or 22%, to $3.92, according to AAA. That average has now dropped for 67 consecutive days.”
Isidore then expressed these data in terms of household savings. “Given that the typical US household uses about 90 gallons of gasoline per month, a $1.10 drop in prices equates to a savings of $98.82.”
However, Twitter users living with much lower gas prices before President Biden took office found this to be insulting propaganda.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong, RN.D., neutralized the spin in the simplest terms, tweeting: “Gasoline was $2.39 a gallon when @POTUS took office. It’s $3.92 now. Below, on @CNN, the arsonist receives a medal for helping fight the fire that started.”
Conservative comedian Jeremy McLellan commented, “I think the same thing every time I rob a gas station.”
“Mimic. These. People.” stated Kira Davis, deputy managing editor of Red State.
Rebel News co-founder Ezra Levant accused the media and the Democrats of being the same, commenting, “The party of the media.”
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl criticized the network, tweeting: “CNN just makes it too easy for their critics. This is next level gaslighting.”
“CNN is a complete joke.” the FreedomWorks Twitter account tweeted.
Republican US Congressional candidate from Texas, Troy Nehls, wrote: “This is why no one trusts @CNN.”
The Daily Wire account sarcastically tweeted: “Journalism at its finest.”
“Gasoline still costs, on average, $1.50 more per gallon than it did on January 20, 2021. This turnaround should be reported as an in-kind contribution to the Democratic Party,” responded Marc Lotter, director of communications for the America First Policy Institute.
Rep. Mike Carey, R-Ohio, tweeted: “So it’s not just the White House changing definitions and distorting the narrative. Americans continue to pay much higher gas prices than they should. Free up American production, speed up energy infrastructure, and stop penalizing industry with excessive regulation and higher taxes!”
Daily Wire reporter Virginia Kruta summed up the blurb, tweeting: “This is like the jewelry store tripling its prices before announcing a 50% off super sale. Imagine being stupid enough to not only believe you’re saving money, but also to be an active accomplice to the gaslighters.”
“This would make Stalin blush,” said Free Beacon writer Drew Holden.
The communications director for the Senate Republican National Committee, Chris Hartline, could not believe the article was published and tweeted: “I would say it’s really shocking that it went through an editorial process, but then again, it’s CNN. So no, it’s not shocking at all.”
And Republican communications strategist Matt Whitlock asked Isidore to imagine his employer, CNN Business, using similar logic: “If your employer takes a $200 pay cut but then gives you $100 back, do you call it a raise?”