Media, Democrats downplayed inflation and gas prices, got forecasts wrong: ‘Winning economy’

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Some members of the liberal media and their Democratic allies spent a number of segments in the past year minimizing inflation and making economic claims about rising prices, including the price of gasoline, that has since turned out to be a far cry from current numbers.

Prominent networks have often parroted talking points used by the Biden administration and Democratic lawmakers, pinning inflation and high gas prices on everything from Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine to the COVID-19 pandemic and corporate greed. Many figures also claimed that high costs as a result of inflation would be transitory in nature.

“Here’s the situation. And when it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over, “Biden said last month.

The idea of ​​inflation as transitory was repeated by members of Biden’s administration, including US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Biden’s colleagues have since pivoted away from the terminology.

NEW POLL: INFLATION ‘MOST URGENT ISSUE’ OVER GUN VIOLENCE, BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATING TIES WITH LOWEST EVER

Fuel prices at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California, US, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Under President Biden, stratospheric fuel prices have broken records for at least seven days with the average cost of fuel per gallon hitting $ 4.96 as of June 8, according to the American Automobile Association.

Fuel prices at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California, US, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Under President Biden, stratospheric fuel prices have broken records for at least seven days with the average cost of fuel per gallon hitting $ 4.96 as of June 8, according to the American Automobile Association.
(Photographer: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Mainstream media anchors and their guests also made bold predictions on the country’s economic future that have turned out to be far from accurate.

In December, CNN reporter Matt Egan touted a government forecast that suggested gas prices would fall below $ 3 in 2022. He similarly highlighted a $ 3.35-per-gallon price as a small “relief” for the American people just a day earlier.

CNN’s Don Lemon made similar comments about “lower” gas prices, claiming that Americans “were finally getting some relief.”

“We talk so much about bad news, oh my God, inflation, la la la, this is good news. Gas prices are heading south, down,” Lemon said in December.

WHITE HOUSE FIRES BACK AT RICK SCOTT ADS, SAYS HE IS ‘EXPLOITING INFLATION TO RIP OFF WORKING FAMILIES’

That forecast and CNN’s reporting were well off the mark. Earlier this month the average US gas price hit $ 5 a gallon for the first time ever.

Austan Goolsbee, an American economist, said in November that they agreed with the administration that inflation would be temporary but would still stick around for “months.”

CNN’s John Berman also weighed in at the end of 2021, claiming that the economy was “heading in the right direction,” and while by no means perfect, there were a lot of things to be “very, very grateful for.”

Some reporters and media figures also criticized Republicans who claimed that the president’s energy policies would cause a spike in the price of gas.

Washington Post staff writer Dino Grandoni argued in a November 2020 analysis that any action by Biden on the climate would have a “marginal, at best” effect on gas prices.

Grandoni further dismissed the “idea of ​​a forthcoming gas price spike” as a political attack “fueled by Trump himself.”

President Biden speaks about inflation and supply chain issues at the Port of Los Angeles, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Los Angeles.

President Biden speaks about inflation and supply chain issues at the Port of Los Angeles, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Los Angeles.
((AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes))

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel similarly knocked the former president for criticizing gas prices under Biden. Leading up to Memorial Day last year, Trump noted that upcoming gas prices would be “far higher” than gas prices under his administration.

Kimmel fired back, claiming that the reason gas prices were so low during his presidency was because nobody was driving during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When I was president we spent money on porn stars, not gasoline,” Kimmel said in his best Trump voice.

MSNBC ANCHOR DEMANDS TO KNOW GOP ‘PLAN TO COMBAT INFLATION’ WHILE DEMOCRATS CONTROL WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS

Meanwhile, some prominent voices in the media also attempted to downplay concerns about inflation and soaring gas prices.

Gas station prices in New Jersey sky-rocketing (Megan Myers / Fox News Digital)

Gas station prices in New Jersey sky-rocketing (Megan Myers / Fox News Digital)
(Fox News)

CBSNs Tanya Rivero noted that one guest, Wells Fargo economist Sarah House, made a “good point,” in that inflation, as a product of demand, has an “upside.”

“To the extent that it’s coming from a strong economy, a strong consumer. That’s not a bad thing,” House replied.

Speaking on inflation in January, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle appeared to ease National Economic Council Head Brian Deese into his interview, tampering concerns about inflation at the same time.

“We have a very strong economy,” Ruhle said. “Unemployment is very low, consumer spending is increasing.” Ruhle went on to say that inflation is “overshadowing a winning economy.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department announced inflation hit a 40-year-high. According to the data, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for May was 8.6% higher than it was a year ago.

Fox News’ Kristine Parks and Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.