Christina Pushaw slams WaPo over 2020 dismissal of $5 gas prices: ‘Democracy dies when media lies’

One reason the public distrusts the corporate press is because the corporate press has, continues to, and will likely forever carry water for President Joe Biden. For one outlet in particular, the water-carrying began even before he assumed office.

It began specifically on Nov. 12th, 2020, when The Washington Post published a piece titled, “The Energy 202: Conservatives predict gas prices will spike under Biden. Experts say those fears are overblown.”

Uh huh …

Written only days after Biden won the 2020 election, the piece claimed without evidence that there was no merit to the prediction from Republicans that gas prices would spike as a result of his policies.

“A dubious meme has emerged online in conservative circles: The price of gasoline will spike because Joe Biden is taking office,” the actual piece reads.

“The theory is that the president-elect’s coming efforts to wean the United States off oil will nail people’s pocketbooks. Conservative corners of Facebook are filled with viral photos of gas station signs with prices above $5 a gallon.”

The piece suggested that, if anything, the current president’s policies might lower gas prices.

“The former vice president has said he wants to ease tensions with the U.S. nemesis by potentially returning to a nuclear weapons deal brokered under his old boss, President Barack Obama. Lifting economic sanctions against the country could have the side effect of uncorking more Middle Eastern crude oil into the world market, potentially reducing prices,” the report dubiously claimed.

About six months later, the left-wing paper published another report  tellingly titled, “The bogus GOP claim that Biden is responsible for higher gasoline prices.”

Apparently, gas prices had gone up under Biden, though they hadn’t quite reached $5/gallon yet. Instead, gas prices were hovering in the $3 range at the time.

The paper’s “fact-checker,” Glenn Kessler, proceeded to give Republicans four Pinocchios for blaming the president’s policies — including his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and his moratorium on new federal leases for oil/gas — on higher gas prices.

“These attacks holding Biden’s policies responsible for higher gas prices are silly and false. Gasoline prices are closely connected to crude oil prices — and a president has virtually no control over that. The world is emerging from a pandemic that sent oil prices tumbling. Now the price of crude oil is going up. Simple as that,” Kessler opined.

Exactly one year later, nearly two full years since the publication of the Post’s report, the national average price for regular gas has now climbed close to $5, with the expectation that it will soon surpass even that.

This comes after the administration recently canceled a lease that would have granted gas and oil companies access to over one million acres of drillable land in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and also “halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico.”

But according to the likes of Kessler, a “fact-checker,” these attacks on the oil/gas industry have nothing whatsoever to do with skyrocketing gas prices.

Officials within the oil/gas industry appear to disagree.

Frank J. Macchiarola, the senior vice president of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs for the American Petroleum Institute, described by CBS News as “the country’s largest oil and gas trade association,” slammed the cancellation as “another example of the administration’s lack of commitment to oil and gas development in the US.”

“The President has spoken about the need for additional supplies in the market, but his administration has failed to take action to match that rhetoric,” he said in a statement to CBS News last month, adding that there will be “negative consequences to shutting off oil and gas development, both politically and practically.”

Except, according to The Washington Post, an outlet whose motto is that “democracy dies in darkness,” none of this is the president’s fault.

Uh huh …

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