The Big Three evening news networks largely ignored a staggering milestone on gas prices, which are bearing the brunt of President Joe Biden’s radical war on energy.
Gas prices shot up over $4 per gallon in all 50 states, according to The Washington Post, but ABC World News Tonight and CBS Evening News both completely failed to alert the American public to the news on their May 18 and May 19 evening broadcasts. That is despite the national average cost of gas on May 19 ratcheting up to $4.59, according to AAA.
AAA data indicate that this time last year, a regular-grade gallon of gas cost roughly $3.04. Even adjusted for inflation, gas was $3.44 in 2021, according to CNBC. But two years ago, when Donald Trump was president, gas was roughly $2.24 (inflation-adjusted) for the year of 2020, according to CNBC.
Instead of covering the news on gas prices breaking above $4 in every state, every single one of the Big Three evening news networks lost their collective minds over abortion on their May 19 broadcasts. ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News all ran segments criticizing Oklahoma for passing a bill to protect unborn life. ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott attempted to spin Oklahoma’s law as overly restrictive: “Critics say, why not make exceptions to cover all of those instances, especially when rape and incest are so underreported?” Republican state Rep. Wendi Stearman of Oklahoma corrected the record, “the goal of this [bill] is to protect the child, the unborn child. So, I believe that putting in the exception, as we have it, is um, is acceptable in this situation.”
NBC Nightly News, on the other hand, mentioned that “the national average for a gallon of gas just hit a new record high, $4.58,” on its May 19 broadcast. But NBC’s report didn’t once acknowledge that gas prices rose above $4 in every single state.
But it gets worse. JPMorgan Chase bank is predicting that gas prices could ramp up to north of $6 per gallon across the country by this summer. The report, headlined “Cruel Summer,” warned that gas prices could rise dramatically, according to CNN: “‘US retail price could surge another 37% by August.’” A 37 percent increase in gas prices from now would mean that the national average for gas would be $6.28 by August — just three months away. But guess what: The Big Three also ignored reporting on JPMorgan’s scary projections during their May 18 and May 19 broadcasts.
Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818) 460-7477, CBS News (212) 975-3247 and NBC News (212) 664-6192, and hold them accountable for ignoring how gas prices spiked above $ 4 in every state in the country.
MRC News Analyst Kevin Tober contributed to this report.