prices http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/65/all en Networks Promote Wage Hikes, Ignore Critics in 89 Percent of Stories http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-promote-wage-hikes-ignore-critics-89-percent-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even when broadcasts mention opposition, they undermine it. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The left’s push to increase the federal minimum wage was renewed in January, even being promoted by the president. The networks’ covered the topic from the left, ignoring concerns about wage hikes the vast majority of the time.</p><p dir="ltr">ABC, CBS and NBC news programs ignored conservative objections to minimum wage proposals 89 percent of the time (17 of 19 stories), immediately undermining these views when they were mentioned.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-promote-wage-hikes-ignore-critics-89-percent-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Government Labor Media Politics Barack Obama consumer prices economy federal minimum wage hiring jobs Minimum Wage Poverty prices state minum wage State of the Union wage hikes wage increases Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:25:44 +0000 julia.seymour 45531 at http://www.mrc.org Just in Time for Election, Media Forecast Falling Gas Prices http://www.mrc.org/articles/just-time-election-media-forecast-falling-gas-prices <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Journalists continue to make predictions about gas prices despite being consistently wrong. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/liz-thatcher">Liz Thatcher</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Up or down, the media often hype changing gas prices, in spite of a long track record of incorrect predictions. But the most recent forecast stands to benefit media favorite: President Barack Obama.</p><p dir="ltr">In recent months, all three broadcast news networks and the USA Today have offered predictions ahead of the presidential election, saying prices would be much lower by late November: after the election.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/just-time-election-media-forecast-falling-gas-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Economy Energy Media abc cbs nbc election forecast fuel gas gas predictions gas price predictions gas prices gasoline hype oil prices pump prices USA Today wrong predictions Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:22:26 +0000 julia.seymour 41696 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore Ethanol Mandates in Most Coverage of Historic Drought http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-ethanol-mandates-most-coverage-historic-drought <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With corn crops dwindling, ethanol fuel requirements are poised to push prices even higher, something but ABC, CBS and NBC barely acknowledge. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/liz-thatcher">Liz Thatcher</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The severe drought affecting the Midwest this year has caused the latest corn projections to be the <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/243101-biofuels-industry-prepares-for-attack-during-obama-iowa-visit">lowest since 1995</a>. With such a small corn crop, the government mandates that make some of that corn be used for ethanol make even less sense, and will raise prices even further.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-ethanol-mandates-most-coverage-historic-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Energy Environment Government biofuel corn crop drought EPA ethanol food prices food riots food vs. fuel fuel prices gasoline government mandate inflation prices Regulation scarcity shortage Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 julia.seymour 41007 at http://www.mrc.org Hey Obama: Gas Up and Go http://www.mrc.org/commentary/hey-obama-gas-and-go <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can tell people are filling up their cars with gasoline by the scowls on their faces. Nearly three years into Obama-Nation and the term "gas pain" is something that Tums just can't erase.<br /><br />It's the culmination of the most anti-oil, anti-energy administration this country has seen since the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter. But the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/articles/2011/Media_Pump_Up_Obama_Despite_High_Gas_Prices_Hype_Dropping_Prices.html">American media</a> are doing their best to hide that fact.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/hey-obama-gas-and-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute back bush economic energy gallon gas high obama oil price prices record Today year Fri, 18 Nov 2011 03:09:00 +0000 admin 2074 at http://www.mrc.org Media Pump Up Obama Despite High Gas Prices, Hype Dropping Prices http://www.mrc.org/business-and-media-institute/media-pump-obama-despite-high-gas-prices-hype-dropping-prices <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For years while George W. Bush was in the White House, the three broadcast networks repeatedly <a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/reports/2008/Pumped_Up_Predictions.html">hyped the threat of rising gas prices</a>, exaggerated the "record" price of gas and incorrectly predicted, $4, $5 and $6 gasoline or <a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/articles/2008/World_News_Predicts_aGallon_Gasoline.html">even higher</a>. Now the gas price story has been turned upside down under the anti-oil presidency of Obama, despite sustained high gas prices.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/business-and-media-institute/media-pump-obama-despite-high-gas-prices-hype-dropping-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Economy Energy Media 2008 2011 average bush cents economicspin gallon gas gasoline GasPrices high higher keystone lower national networks news obama oil outlets predicted price prices week year Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:58:00 +0000 36 at http://www.mrc.org Bugged by Gold: Price Climb Vindicates Conservatives, Confounds Liberals http://www.mrc.org/articles/bugged-gold-price-climb-vindicates-conservatives-confounds-liberals <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/paul-wilson-joe-and-betty-anderlik-fellow-culture-and-media">Paul Wilson, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>During 2009 and 2010, liberal commentators and even politicians made a point of bashing conservative commentators such as Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham for allowing gold companies to advertise on their shows, arguing that conservatives and gold companies cynically colluded to deceive viewers into buying bad investments. The recent spike in gold prices seems to prove that the conservative commentators were right after all.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/bugged-gold-price-climb-vindicates-conservatives-confounds-liberals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Media Trade commentators conservative Goldline prices Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:17:00 +0000 admin 27502 at http://www.mrc.org It's the Economy, Stupids! http://www.mrc.org/commentary/its-economy-stupids <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to "recovery summer." Oops, that was last year when journalists told us that prosperity was just around the corner.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/its-economy-stupids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute 100000 add added bad business cbs crash debt economic economy fix Food gas high isnt job jobs Journalists left million month months nation NBC obama party people percent president prices Recovery reelection stamps summer term unemployed unemployment unfunded williams year Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:53:00 +0000 admin 29983 at http://www.mrc.org Housing 'Recovery?' Not So Fast http://www.mrc.org/business-and-media-institute/housing-recovery-not-so-fast <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite media attempts to talk up the economy and journalists' optimism regarding the housing market a couple of years ago, the S&P/Case-Shiller index showed home prices have dropped to "<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-31/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-decline-to-eight-http:/www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-31/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-decline-to-eight-year-low-case-shiller-says.htmlyear-low-case-shiller-says.html">eight</a><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-31/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-decline-to-eight-http:/www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-31/home-prices-in-20-u</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/business-and-media-institute/housing-recovery-not-so-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Media 2009 2010 broadcast economic good home housing obama prices Recovery summer Wed, 08 Jun 2011 23:25:00 +0000 27524 at http://www.mrc.org Obama's High Gas Prices Fuel Road Rage http://www.mrc.org/commentary/obamas-high-gas-prices-fuel-road-rage <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The overdue demise of Osama bin Laden still dominates the news. But the feel-good story of justice finally served will soon have a hard time competing with the feel-bad story of high gas prices.</p> <p>The price of a gallon of gasoline is at $3.98 as of Wednesday May 4. And it's only going higher. The price will likely hit $4 a gallon this week and head toward record highs soon after.</p> <p>You read that right - record highs. When Obama took over in January 2009, gas was a mere $1.84 a gallon. Now, mere is what's left in our wallets after filling up.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/obamas-high-gas-prices-fuel-road-rage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute gallon president prices Fri, 06 May 2011 19:04:00 +0000 admin 29990 at http://www.mrc.org Gas Prices Top $1-a-Gallon Higher than Year Ago; Media Don't Blame Obama http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-top-1-gallon-higher-year-ago-media-dont-blame-obama <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline hit $3.86 on April 25, more than $1-a-gallon higher than a year earlier and less than 25 cents away from the record high price of gasoline set in July 2008.</p> <br /> <p>In fact, per gallon prices are more than $2 higher than when Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009. Yet the president has been nearly exempt from criticism on the issue of rising prices, despite a six-month drilling moratorium and more regulatory hurdles for industry.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-top-1-gallon-higher-year-ago-media-dont-blame-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Energy Government Media abc administration anti BarackObama cbs drilling energypolicy evening higher hurdles mentioned NBC networks obama oil oilpolicy oilspill overturned price prices Regulation rising shallow shows turmoil water Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:24:00 +0000 admin 27530 at http://www.mrc.org Rising Gas Prices Linked to Obama Drilling Ban in Just 1% of Evening News Stories http://www.mrc.org/articles/rising-gas-prices-linked-obama-drilling-ban-just-1-evening-news-stories <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Main Findings: </strong></p> <p>- Gas prices have risen almost $1-a-gallon since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, yet President Obama's drilling moratorium and other anti-oil policies have barely been mentioned by the networks in that time span.</p> <br /> <p>- Only 1 percent (3 out of 280) of oil price stories since the spill has made any connection between the administration's anti-oil actions and the jump in gasoline prices.</p> <br /> <p><strong>Full Report:</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/rising-gas-prices-linked-obama-drilling-ban-just-1-evening-news-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Energy Government Media 2010 2011 280 administration anti API cbs cost domestic drilling futures gallon gas gasoline green heritage including lining made March market mason moratorium network networks news obama oil permits pipeline policies president price prices rising speculation spill stations stories Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:43:00 +0000 admin 27531 at http://www.mrc.org Despite Huge Fuel Cost Increases, Networks Criticize Airfare Hikes http://www.mrc.org/articles/despite-huge-fuel-cost-increases-networks-criticize-airfare-hikes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think it has gotten pricey to fill up your car's gas tank, imagine having to fill the 50,000 gallon or larger tank on a 747. Jet fuel costs <a href="http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/economics/fuel_monitor/Pages/index.aspx">51.4 percent</a> more than it did a year ago, according to IATA and that is taking a huge toll on the airlines.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/despite-huge-fuel-cost-increases-networks-criticize-airfare-hikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Energy Media 2010 air airline airlineindustry airlines atc businesses cost Costs delays diming energyprices fees flight fuel increases industry Jet nickel passengers prices profit system year years Thu, 07 Apr 2011 21:44:00 +0000 admin 27532 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Link Bush to 'Skyrocketing' Gas Prices 15 Times More Than Obama http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-link-bush-skyrocketing-gas-prices-15-times-more-obama <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Connecting Bush, Not Obama to High Prices:</strong> As gas prices rose in 2008, network reporters mentioned President Bush in 15 times as many stories, than they brought up President Obama in a similar period in 2011.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Gallons of coverage in 2008: </strong>Comparing a 20 day span of rising gas prices in 2008 to 24 days of rising prices in February 2011, the Business & Media Institute found the networks did more than 2 ½ times as many stories during the Bush years versus Obama.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-link-bush-skyrocketing-gas-prices-15-times-more-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Energy Government Media 2008 2011 administration average bush consumers day days drilling feb fuel gallon gas gasoline high higher moratorium national network networks obama oil percent president prices reports rising stories Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:30:00 +0000 admin 27536 at http://www.mrc.org Foreign Unrest Raises Energy Worries, but Media Put Down Coal http://www.mrc.org/articles/foreign-unrest-raises-energy-worries-media-put-down-coal <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <ul> </ul> <p>-<strong>The coal industry not only gets attacked by the media for being a "dirty" fossil fuel, it rarely gets positive coverage because the networks focus on disasters. Since Jan. 1, 2010, nearly 80 percent of the broadcast network stories about coal were related to tragic mining accidents. Only 14 percent of stories mentioned coal in any context other than a mine disaster or natural disaster that affected mining.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/foreign-unrest-raises-energy-worries-media-put-down-coal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Energy Government International Media 2008 2010 2011 action agency anti bankrupt bmi called clean Coal country coverage disaster Disasters electric electricity environmental EPA fuel industry jan jobs mentions Mine mining network networks news obama oil percent permit popovich power prices spill spruce stories story told water years Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:45:00 +0000 admin 27538 at http://www.mrc.org Flashback: As EPA Approves E15, Remember the Media's Infatuation with Ethanol http://www.mrc.org/articles/flashback-epa-approves-e15-remember-medias-infatuation-ethanol <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Consumers beware, the Environmental Protection Agency is "poised to approve higher levels of corn-based ethanol in gasoline." Since drivers have already experienced the pain of higher gas prices as well as witnessed global food riots because of ethanol, there is reason for concern about the EPA's latest move.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/flashback-epa-approves-e15-remember-medias-infatuation-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Energy Environment Government 2006 2007 america animal biofuel biofuels called Cars environmental ethanol fact Food fuel higher Mandates NBC percent phillips planet prices running solution supply town utopia world Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:35:00 +0000 admin 27542 at http://www.mrc.org