Twitter went wild over a CNN Business article on Friday that spun recently lowered gas prices in the country as a “$100 a month increase.”
The piece, written by CNN Business senior writer Chris Isidore, argued that since gas prices have fallen from record high averages, people should see 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 increase,” he told readers.
Explaining the reason for the joy, he wrote: “Since hitting a record high of $5.02 a gallon on June 1[ads1]4, the national average price for regular gas is down $1.10, or 22%, to $3.92, according to AAA . That average has now fallen for 67 days in a row.”
Isidore then presented this data in terms of household savings. “Since the typical American household uses about 90 gallons of gas a month, the $1.10 price drop equates to a savings of $98.82.”
However, Twitter users who lived 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 of terms, tweeting: “Gas was $2.39 a gallon when @POTUS took office. It’s $3.92 now. Next on @CNN arsonist gets medal for helping fight fire he started.”
Conservative comedian Jeremy McLellan commented, “I think the same thing every time I rob a gas station.”
“Mocking. These. Humans.” declared Red State Deputy Managing Editor Kira Davis.
Rebel News co-founder Ezra Levant accused the media and Democrats of being one and the same, commenting on the “Media Party.”
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl blasted the network, tweeting: “CNN just makes it so easy for the critics. This is next-level gaslighting.”
“CNN is a complete joke.” tweeted the FreedomWorks Twitter account.
Texas Republican US congressional candidate Troy Nehls wrote: “This is why no one trusts @CNN.”
The Daily Wire account sarcastically tweeted: “Journalism at its finest.”
“Gas still costs an average of $1.50 more per gallon than it did on January 20, 2021. This spin should be reported as a contribution to the Democratic Party,” said Marc Lotter, director of communications at the America First Policy Institute.
Rep. Mike Carey, R-Ohio, tweeted: “So it’s not just the White House changing definitions and twisting the narrative. Americans are still paying far higher gas prices than they should. Unleash American manufacturing, fast energy infrastructure and stop punishing industry with over-regulation and higher taxes!”
Daily Wire reporter Virginia Kruta summed up the propaganda, tweeting: “This is like the jewelry store that triples its prices before announcing a 50% off super sale. Imagine being stupid enough to not only think you’re saving money, but to actively shill for the gas lighters.”
“This would make Stalin blush,” Free Beacon writer Drew Holden said.
National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Chris Hartline couldn’t believe the article was published at all, tweeting: “I’d say it’s really shocking that this made it 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 cuts your salary by $200, but then gives you $100 back, do you call that a raise?”