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March 13, 2012

Washington Post in Full Panic "PROTECT OBAMA" Mode Over Gas Prices
Washington Post "Fact Checker" Plays Dumb on Obama's "Electricity Prices Would Necessarily Skyrocket" Quote

I just scanned a few of their articles on gas prices, looking for a tip mentioned by @jimgeraghty.

Here's what I found:

"The Fact Checker" examines a "GOP claim that won't die," namely that Obama wanted gas prices to rise.

The only evidence for this claim is Obama himself saying he wanted gas prices to rise:

Harwood: So, could these high prices help us?

Obama: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly U.S. automakers, then I think, ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now.

Emphasis added.

"The Fact Checker" gives this GOP twisting of the truth three out of four Pinnochios.

Headline: Voters Blame President for Gas Prices, Experts Say Not So Fast.

Once again, the only evidence to support the idea that we should blame Obama for high gas prices comes from Barack Obama himself:

And during the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama said in a campaign speech that “here in Ohio, you’re paying nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas — 21 / 2 times what it cost when President Bush took office.”

Graph: The Washington Post attempts a "perception versus reality" comparison to prove that gas prices are not at historic highs. They might appear to be at historic highs, but what about when we adjust for inflation?

Oh, that's completely different.

The reality is that, even when adjusting for inflation, gas prices are in fact higher than during the 70s/early 80s gas crisis.

But they want you to come away thinking the "perception" that gas prices are at an all-time high is erroneous.

Playing Dumb: The Washington Post's fact-checker "forgets" this quote:

Now, he's talking about electricity prices there, but the theory applies equally to gas prices.

The problem with "alternative energy" is that it is so blisteringly expensive.

The solution? Drive up conventional energy prices so that the very-high costs of "alternative energy" becomes... if not attractive, at least not as wince-inducing.

Same theory applies to both. The Washington Post wants to pretend it doesn't know this. It's agitated for years along the lines that Obama suggests -- let's make it so painful to buy gas or conventionally-produced electricity that "green" alternatives become somewhat more viable -- but now that the shit has hit the fan, they run from what they'd planned all along.

Below, the Washington Post explains why Obama ran out of gas.

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